Losing control of your vehicle can happen and result in it spinning out, either from rain, ice or even gravel. Luckily, there are techniques you can use to help keep you safe if it happens. These maneuvers can be life-saving and help avoid a potential collision with another driver or a collision with nearby objects or pedestrians.
Stay safe on the road this fall and winter with the following three techniques:
When your front-wheels skid, the cause is a loss of traction in the front wheels of your vehicle. The front wheels may have been turned either to the left or to the right and when the brakes were pressed hard, the car will skid. The vehicle will most likely continue going straight on the road instead of turning in the left or right direction and go towards the edge of the road. What can you do when this type of skid occurs:
- Firstly, remove your foot from the brake pedal and the accelerator. Turn the steering wheel from the left or right, depending on the direction you were going so you can straighten out.
- Once the steering wheel is set straight, this should allow the wheels to regain traction lost.
- Tap the brake pedal gently to slow your vehicle down; if your car has ABS, then you can press the brake firmly as ABS will proceed in engaging the brakes rapidly.
When a rear-wheel skid occurs, the car’s rear will slide out in any direction, which can result in it sliding sideways or doing a full spin, depending on the severity. What can also happen is an oversteer, which is an example of a rear-wheel skid, which results in the vehicle turning further than expected in the direction you were turning towards. This mainly occurs in vehicles with rear-wheel drive.
If your vehicle is skidding, do the following:
- Remove your foot from the brake and turn the steering wheel towards the skid direction or direction you were heading in.
- Apply your foot to the accelerator gently to allow the vehicle’s front wheels to pull towards the direction.
Complete Wheel Lock Up Skid
When a complete wheel lock-up occurs, the vehicle most likely does not have ABS installed. The skid may happen suddenly if there is an obstacle on the road and the driver is driving at an increased speed and attempts to break. Slamming on the breaks will result in immediate vehicle wheel lock up and the car sliding towards the obstacle. Here’s what you can do if this occurs:
- You will have to attempt to simulate the ABS in the vehicle by removing your foot from the brake then reapplying it gently and continuously. This should allow traction in the front wheels.
- If effective, you should then be able to steer and avoid the obstacle safely.
At Fanshawe Driving School, our skid control course will prepare you with essential defensive driving techniques to manage a car spin. Our in-class course will increase your driving skills and the in-car training will allow you to apply them to perfect collision avoidance, skid control, and braking and turning on slippery roads. Book with us today to get started!