CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH (WOIO) - Winter weather is here and it’s creating a mess as snow, sleet and ice blanket Northeast Ohio roads.
“Just the slightest movement in the steering wheel can cause that vehicle to lose control," said DriveTeam Akron President, Andrew Salyer.
A van uses hydraulics on the wheels to simulate what it’s like to spin out of control. It’s part of the DriveTeam winter skills course. The program is offered to teens, parents and corporate professionals.
The instructor uses a control pad to manipulate the wheels on the van.
The goal is to correct a skid and prevent you from spinning and crashing.
“Driving’s a diminishing skill,” Salyer said. He added, “if we’re not operating the vehicle properly or if we think we can operate it just the same on these types of conditions, just as a nice sunny day is usually when we get into trouble and that’s when we see the elevation in crashes occur.”
As Salyer explained during a simulated training, the key is to look where you want the vehicle to go and let your hands guide you that way.
If your wheels go to the right, steer in that same direction. Take your foot off the gas, but don’t pump your brakes.
The best advice offered: Stay off the roads when they’re dangerous, but if you have to get behind the wheel, take it slow and leave space between you and the person in front of you.
To learn more about the winter skills course, click here.