How to avoid skidding
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.