How To Control A Skidding Car

Driving in ice, snow and rain can cause even experienced drivers to lose control. Drivers who aren’t sure how to handle the situation may overcorrect and actually make the skid worse. Luckily, there is a correct way to handle a skid that will get the car back under control without any injuries.




Step 1


Stay calm when your vehicle starts to skid so that you don’t make the wrong move and worsen the situation.


Step 2


Steer into the skid by turning the wheel in the direction that your vehicle is skidding. This sounds counterintuitive, but it’s the best way to regain control of your vehicle during a skid.


Step 3


Accelerate gently or remove your foot slowly from the gas pedal without touching the brake.


Step 4


Keep all of your motions fluid and smooth. This prevents the car from becoming even more unstable.


Tips & Warnings

  • Add weight, such as kat litter, to your trunk to prevent skids. Driving more slowly and using snow tires or chains when needed also help.
  • Consider taking a driving course specifically designed to train you to handle dangerous road conditions. Although these courses can be pricey, they can also teach you valuable lessons that could save your life in the event of a skid or other driving emergency.
  • Remember that even a light sprinkling of rain after a dry spell can make roads deceptively slick by mixing with oils on the road.
  • Braking hard or turning too quickly during a skid will only cause your vehicle to fishtail by throwing the vehicle’s weight out of balance.

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