South Dakota roads can contain some heavy hazards. From slick icy surfaces to the potential blowout, road hazards do happen. Here are some tips on how to stay safe even under dangerous driving conditions, from the auto experts of Gesswein Motors.


Skidding on Ice

Nothing can jolt a driver more like the sudden loss of control after hitting a patch of icy pavement. This is especially true for black ice, which happens when ice has thaws and re-frozen.

If your Chrysler vehicle loses traction or starts to skid, the best thing that you can do is to slowly remove your foot from the gas pedal. Additionally, turn your steering wheel in the direction you want the front of your car to go. Once it begins to straighten out, counter-steer in the opposite direction while braking until you feel the wheels grip the road again.


Driving in a Severe Rain Storm

You’re on your way home from work when the skies suddenly open up and heavy rain begins to wreak havoc on your visibility. Rain can also cause hydroplaning, where your vehicle’s wheels come off of the pavement and onto the surface of the water.

It’s best to be proactive and ensure your car is rainstorm ready. This means making sure your tire tread depth is no less than 5/32 of an inch and that your windshield wipers work efficiently. While driving, keep things slow and steady and keep sufficient space between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Never brake suddenly.


There are many potential hazards on the roadways. Always pay attention while driving and never take your eyes off of the road.