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What to do if your car skids. 17/03/16


A car can skid out of control for many reasons. In most cases skidding can be avoided by adjusting the way that you drive according to the road and weather conditions and the behaviour of the traffic around you.

A skid occurs because the brakes are applied too heavily for the road conditions leading to a loss of traction on the road surface.


How to avoid skidding


  • Always leave enough space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front, to enable you to stop in an emergency

  • In poor weather conditions such as fog, rain or snow you should allow 2, 3 or more times the distance to enable you to stop safely

  • The faster you are travelling, the greater the stopping distance you will need

  • Even if you have an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) on your vehicle, DO NOT assume this will stop you from skidding

  • Be aware of how the traffic around you is behaving and anticipate the actions of drivers that are driving without due care and attention



How to regain control during a skid


If your vehicle skids you should be able to regain control using the following techniques.

  • If the rear of your car skids to the left. Release the footbrake and immediately steer your vehicle to the left

  • If the rear of your car skids to the right. Release the footbrake and immediately steer your vehicle to the right




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