Recovering from a Skid
Skidding is a common occurrence on the roads, and it can be scary and dangerous. While skidding is something that drivers should strive to avoid, it can happen to even the most experienced drivers in certain conditions. If you find yourself in a skid, there are a few steps you can take to help you recover and make sure you’re safe on the road. What's the best way to avoid skidding? Avoid it in the first place. Drive smoothly and keep your speed down. If you do find yourself in a skid:
Focus on regaining control, remain calm and ease your foot off the gas. The most important thing you can do in a skid is to remain calm and focus on regaining control of the vehicle. Avoid panicking, as this can make the situation more difficult to handle. Once you’ve taken a few deep breaths, it’s time to start taking measures to get out of the skid.
Don’t slam on the brakes
Slamming on the brakes can make the skid worse, as it will reduce the amount of friction between the tires and the road. Instead, you should take your foot off the accelerator and allow the vehicle to slow down gradually.
Turn your steering wheel in the direction of the skid
Once you’ve taken your foot off the accelerator, turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid. Turning in the opposite direction of the skid can make the vehicle continue to spin, so it’s important to turn in the direction of the skid.
When you’ve started to regain control of the vehicle, be sure not to overcorrect. Overcorrecting can cause the vehicle to spin in the opposite direction and make the situation worse.
Once you’ve regained control of the vehicle and the skid has stopped, you can start accelerating slowly to get back up to speed. These are the steps you should take to recover from a skid. Remember to always drive carefully, and never drive too fast for the conditions. By following these steps, you can help to ensure that you and other drivers remain safe on the road.