How to React During a Skid

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated May 28, 2010)

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No matter how good of a driver you think you are, there will be times when your perceptions and skills are put to the test. At no time is this more prevalent than when your car starts to skid. There is little that can compare with the realization that your two thousand pound vehicle is no longer under your control. While it is true that you can face the possibility of going into a skid at anytime, the chances dramatically increase during inclement weather.

Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to react properly when entering a skid. Practice makes perfect, but it is difficult to simulate a skid. Therefore, the only way to learn the skills necessary to handle this situation is to study what should and shouldn't be done.

  1. Don't Panic. Understandably, fear is the first emotion that anyone feels when they enter into a skid (or fishtail). Instead of panicking, take a deep breath. This should help you control your reflexes enough to keep yourself from overreacting.
  2. Slow Down. Slow the car down but don't stomp on the brakes. It will only increase your skid, or make it more likely that you'll lose total control. Instead, remove your foot from the accelerator. There is going to be an almost immediate and noticeable drop in the speed. Gently tap on the brakes a few times. This will help keep the brakes from locking up. However, if you have ABS on your car, that system will handle the brakes for you.
  3. Turn. Turn into the skid slowly and deliberately. Be careful to avoid over-correcting and creating a worse situation.
  4. Stop. Once everything is under control, stop the car and take the time to walk around and inspect the car for any damage. While this may not seem particularly necessary, this step is going to at the very least give you a little time to calm down and get the shakes out. When you feel that you have regained control of yourself, you can continue on your journey.

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Lee Wyatt

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What is 8 + 8?

2017-01-19 00:39:22

Chris Pielasa

More to add to this. If you are in a rear wheel drive car, point the wheels in the direction you want to go and let off the gas and brake accordingly. If you are in a front wheel drive car, point the wheels in the direction you want to go and keep on the gas.