Hazardous Driving

WARNING:
Be extremely careful if it is necessary to downshift on slippery surfaces: Downshifting into lower gear while driving on slippery surfaces is dangerous. The sudden change in tire speed could cause the tires to skid.

This could lead to loss of vehicle control and an accident.

Do not rely on ABS as a substitute for safe driving:
The ABS cannot compensate for unsafe and reckless driving, excessive speed, tailgating (following another vehicle too closely), driving on ice and snow, and hydroplaning (reduced tire friction and road contact because of water on the road surface). You can still have an accident.

When driving on ice or in water, snow, mud, sand, or similar hazard: - Be cautious and allow extra distance for braking.

- Avoid sudden braking and quick steering.

- If your vehicle is not equipped with ABS, brake with the pedal by using a light up-down motion. Do not hold the pedal down constantly.

If your vehicle is equipped with ABS, do not pump the brakes. Continue to press down on the brake pedal.

- If you get stuck, select a lower gear and accelerate slowly. Do not spin the rear wheels.

- For more traction in starting on slippery surfaces such as ice or packed snow, use sand, rock salt, chains, carpeting, or other nonslip material under the rear wheels.

NOTE:
Use snow chains only on the rear wheels.

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