WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG
TRY as you might, sometimes things just go wrong and there’s very little you can do to stop it. In situations like this it’s vital to have an escape plan; identify the potential dangers before they happen and know what you’re going to do if the worst does happen. In most situations this will be as simple as working with gravity. If you start sliding backwards before you can regain control, fighting it with heavy braking and exaggerated steering can see you sliding out of control and even rolling. You’re far better off letting gravity take the vehicle, and then make slow but deliberate steering inputs to guide it back down the track. Once you’ve regained steering control you can attempt gentle braking. In almost all situations you’re better off being in control at 30km/h than being out of control at 5km/h.