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Slow down: handling skidding

A skid happens when one or more tyres lose their grip with the road’s surface. A skid happens on a slippery

surface, such as a road that is wet, muddy, and gravelled. A skid can happen no matter if your car is front, rear or all-wheel drive. It is import- ant to remember that most skidding is a result of bad driving. skidding also caused by aggressive steering, braking, or acceleration. to prevent a skid, you should never task your car to do more than it can do with the grip available. As a result, in poor weather conditions, you should:

slow down

Increase your stopping distance, so if the car in front stops unexpectedly, you have enough space to brake to a stop without skidding.

take extra care when approach- ing a bend.

be gentle and progressive when steering, accelerating, and braking.

In wet or muddy conditions, the steering may start to feel lighter. tyre noise  also  decreases.  to  prevent  a dangerous skid, lift your foot gently

off  the  accelerator.  this  will  allow your car to slow smoothly and gently. If you want to continue driving, do so slowly  using  a  high  gear. this  helps you avoid hard acceleration, which spins the wheels.

Accelerating too hard also causes skidding. If you accelerate too hard when moving off on a slippery road, the driven wheels will spin without propelling  the  car  forward. to  min- imize the spin try engaging a higher gear. braking hard on a slippery road surface also causes the car to skid.

the  wheels  can  lock  up  the  car will continue onwards with little or   no   braking   effect.  the   locked wheels will also prevent you from steering. When this happens, you should release the brake pedal to

If you approach a corner on a slippery road, too quickly there is a great possibility that your car will skid.

free the wheels and then reapply the brake less harshly. If your car has Abs (Ant-lock braking system) fitted, then your wheels will not lock. However, do not think Abs eases all problems when driving on a slippery road. It does not.

If you approach a corner on a slippery road, too quickly there is a great possibility that your car will skid. this is even more likely if you also brake harshly whilst taking the  corner.  this  is  a  classic  front wheel skid. If this happens, do the following:

remove your foot from the accel- erator. this  throws  the  weight  bal- ance of the car forwards and helps the tyres find grip.

Do not use the brake.

As the tyres find grip carefully steer the car into the direction of the skid. For example, if the rear of the car skids to the left, steer quickly and smoothly to the left. this count- er balances the car and the net result is a car going directly in a straight path.

Have a skid free motoring month.