How to a­void skid­ding

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - News -

One of the most com­mon cau­ses of ro­ad incidents is skid­ding. It can be the re­sult of an oil slick, wet ro­ads or ta­king a cor­ner poor­ly. A skid hap­pens w­hen your ty­res lock and the vehi­cle s­li­des, fee­ling out of con­t­rol.

The­re are se­ver­al d­ri­ver-re­la­ted cau­ses for skid­ding:

O­ver­bra­king: bra­king too hard and locking up the w­heels.

S­kids can al­so occur w­hen the ro­ad is slip­pe­ry.

O­ver­s­teer­ing: tur­ning the w­heels mo­re shar­ply than the vehi­cle can turn.

O­ver-acce­le­ra­ting: sup­plying too much po­wer to d­ri­ve the w­heels, cau­sing them to spin.

Dri­ving too fast: most se­ri­ous s­kids re­sult from dri­ving too fast for ro­ad con­di­ti­ons. Dri­vers who ad­just their dri­ving to con­di­ti­ons do not o­ver-acce­le­ra­te and do not ha­ve to o­ver­bra­ke or o­ver­s­teer from too much speed.

He­re’s w­hat to do if you find your­self in a skid:

Ta­ke your foot off the acce­le­ra­tor. This throws the weig­ht ba­lan­ce of the car for­wards and helps the ty­res find grip.

Don’t bra­ke! The ty­res will start to find grip as the car’s speed slows do­wn.

Ca­re­ful­ly s­teer the car in­to the di­recti­on of the skid - so if your car s­kids to the rig­ht, s­teer to the rig­ht.

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