It is easy to read about the theory of skids but a real and practical understanding of them can only be gained by booking a course. This article explains more about how to control a rear wheel skid.
Most of us have experienced situations when you don’t feel in control of your car, but worryingly few drivers actually know what to do during a skid to potentially prevent a collision.
Each skid is unique, but control may be regained by following these guidelines:
Rear Wheel Skid (oversteer)
When the rear wheels lose their grip, the rear of the vehicle will swing out to the outside of the bend This skid can happen to a rear wheel, front wheel or four wheel drive vehicle on a bend or corner, but correction is the same. As soon as you feel oversteer, decelerate or declutch* and steer in the direction of the skid.
The skidding tyres will not recover grip until their speed of rotation is the same as the road speed. As soon as the tyres are at road speed grip is recovered.
Once grip is regained, steer back on to the desired course. If the speed is excessive there may not be enough space to regain control.
*do not declutch with vehicles fitted with traction control.
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