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What should I do if my car suddenly starts sliding on ice?

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CINCINNATI (WJAR/WKRC) - Winter driving in the Tri-State isn't only about dealing with snow and slush but also icy roadways.

There are a number of things you can do to avoid having your vehicle slide while driving on icy road.

Diana Imondi is the manager of traffic safety with AAA in Providence, Rhode Island. She said if you ever find yourself in a situation where your car loses control, don’t panic.

"Most people, too, when they go into a skid and lose traction, they tend to jam on the brake, which is probably the worst thing you can do," Imondi said.

Instead, steer in a clear pathway. Turn into the slide, moving wheels in the direction the back of the vehicle is sliding (if the back of your car slides to the left then turn left). When the vehicle recovers traction, you can stop.

Traveling at a safe speed and leaving lots of space is crucial.

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  • Avoid sudden braking, acceleration or turns
  • Never use cruise control
  • When approaching an intersection or stop sign, slow down gradually
  • Invest in the right tires and make sure they have proper tread
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