Test Road Conditions
TEST ROAD CONDITIONS FREQUENTLY
When driving in challenging conditions, determine how much traction, or grip, is available. Make sure that no one is behind you and hit the brakes firmly until the wheels lock up. This will give you a clear indication of the grip available at that particular point in time. Over the course of a long trip, repeat this test to continually monitor grip.
"Just wanted to let you know - driving home from my Second Gear course, I put my new knowledge into action. The roads were really slick and I came over a hill and found multiple cars off both sides of the road. An oncoming car came into my lane, forcing me onto the even slicker shoulder. My car started sliding right toward the police cruiser and all the pedestrians standing off on the side. Somehow, my brain remembered to take my foot off the brake, my car regained traction, and I was able to steer right past the whole mess. Thank you! I would not have been able to do that last week."
~ Helen I., Second Gear graduate