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You are braking on a wet road. Your vehicle begins to skid. It does not have anti-lock brakes. What is the FIRST thing you should do?

A Release the footbrake

If the skid has been caused by braking too hard for the conditions, release the brake. You may then need to reapply and release the brake again. You may need to do this a number of times. This will allow the wheels to turn and so limit the skid. Skids are much easier to get into than they are to get out of. Prevention is better than cure. Stay alert to the road and weather conditions. Drive so that you can stop within the distance you can see to be clear.

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How skids happen

The majority of skidding occurs when you drive too fast in adverse winter circumstances such as wet, ice, or snow-covered roadways. Skidding can also occur when tyres lose contact with the road's surface or when making an abrupt turn. Excessive braking and steering might also affect your vehicle's ability to skid.

What should you do if your vehicle skids?
Skidding occurs even with the most skilled drivers. First and foremost, do not panic and quickly jerk the steering wheel. It is possible to regain control of your car if you see it skidding. If possible, gently take off the accelerator or brake and shift into neutral. Continue steering in the right direction, but be cautious not to oversteer. When you regain control, softly brake.

Remember, when you feel your vehicle's back end skidding, look where you want to go, not where you're afraid of driving into. Gently tilt the steering wheel in the same direction as the car's rear end.

What to do if your vehicle has anti-lock braking systems

Put your foot on the brake and apply greater pressure if your car has anti-lock brakes (ABS). The ABS will take care of the braking for you. If you're unfamiliar with anti-lock braking, you might be astonished by the pulsing movements in the brake pedal, which are caused by the ABS engaging and disengaging your car's brakes. When the pulsing begins, take your foot off the brake.

What to do if your vehicle does not have anti-lock braking systems

When driving a car without ABS, employ the threshold braking technique. Brake as hard as you can until one of your vehicle's wheels locks up. After then, gently press down on the pedal to free the steering wheel. Without causing a skid, press down firmly on the braking pedal once again. If you see any of the wheels locking up, release the brake pressure again. Just don't slam on the brakes.

How to prevent skids

One of the most important strategies to avoid skidding is to slow down, especially in the winter. Be aware of your surroundings and allow yourself plenty of additional travel time. Keep an eye out for black ice, which can easily be confused with new asphalt or huge puddles.



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