March 16, 2022
Arrive at Your Destination in One Piece!
The best thing you can do to avoid skidding on a snowy road is to not drive at all. If you value your safety, you’ll stay home when conditions are bad. However, when freezing rain starts to fall while you’re already driving, you should know how to remain in control of your vehicle. You don’t want to be that overconfident driver who ends up in a ditch.
Do you live in an area where the snow falls generously? When you can’t avoid icy roadways, Veteran Car Donations shares these tips to increase your chances of getting to your destination safely.
- Crank the defroster on high.
Be sure to set the defroster on high as soon as the snow turns to freezing rain to avoid letting the ice stick on your windshield. Otherwise, you won’t get enough visibility to get going. However, if ice still manages to block your view, it’s best to pull over someplace safe and scrape it all off.
- Avoid using cruise control.
Cruise control and icy conditions don’t work well together. Besides causing your wheels to spin at various speeds, using cruise control will also make you lose control of your steering.
- Drive smoothly.
Your car essentially does only three things — braking, accelerating, and turning. You’d want to let your car do these things one at a time when you’re driving in snow or black ice. Every push of the brakes, movement of the throttle, and turn of the wheel must be done gently, gradually, and deliberately. Otherwise, jerky movements with your car’s controls will diminish your tires’ ability to get a good grip on the slippery road.
- Keep your eyes on where you want your car to end up.
You’ll always end up where you’re looking at. The slicker the road gets, the more you should look farther down the road. If your car begins to skid, be sure to fix your eyes on where you want to go instead of where your car is heading at the moment. Allow your peripheral vision to cover what you’re trying to avoid.
- Catch a skid and manage it.
If you hit a slick spot and you feel that your car is starting to slide away from the direction you’re supposed to be heading, resist the urge to stab the brakes. If you’re dealing with a front-tire skid, release the accelerator smoothly and wait for your tires to regain traction. Avoid turning the steering wheel while you wait for your car to slow down.
Managing a rear-tire slide takes practice. When your rear wheels start to lose traction, turn your steering wheel toward the same direction that the rear is sliding. While you’re at it, ease off the accelerator and don’t hit the brakes. Don’t steer back toward your original direction until your feel the rear tires have already regained traction.
Is Your Car Still Safe to Drive?
Keeping these driving tips in mind will help you get to your destination in one piece. However, no matter how mindful you are of these driving tips, you may not be able to avoid trouble on the road if you’re driving an old car that has seen better days. To ensure your safety and that of others on the road, it’s best to put that venerable auto into retirement. A most rewarding way to do that is by simply handing it over to us at Veteran Car Donations. We’ll use your donation to uplift the lives of the struggling disadvantaged veterans in your area.
We’ll have your vehicle fixed before auctioning it off, with the proceeds handed over to our veteran-focused nonprofit partners. Like us, these IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are dedicated to helping veterans who are homeless, jobless, disabled, and ill, including those with mental health conditions.
Your donation will help our charity partners in providing their beneficiaries with financial aid, free quality healthcare, psychotherapy services, family support, housing assistance, scholarships, employment opportunities, and many other services.
In exchange for your charitable contribution, we’ll pick up and tow your vehicle for free no matter where it’s located in the country. We’ll also promptly send you the 100% tax-deductible sales receipt of your car via mail after its auction so that you can claim the highest possible tax deduction in the next tax-filing season.
Although these material perks are nothing short of fantastic, the most meaningful reward you’ll get is the priceless joy of knowing that you’ve done something that can transform the lives of the suffering vets in your area.
When it comes to vehicle types, we’re not picky. You may donate a car, truck, van, RV, motorcycle, tractor, snowmobile, or even a riding lawnmower.
For more details on our vehicle donation program, including our quick and easy donation process, visit our FAQs page. Call us at 877-594-5822 or send us a message here should you have any questions or concerns that you’d like us to address.
Help Transform the Lives of Our Hurting Heroes Today!
Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of our nation’s hurting heroes? We’ll use your car donation to help them live decent and dignified lives. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now!