Emergency Driving – Steering Out Of Trouble
April 17, 2018 at 12:46 PM
It’s usually a better idea to steer to avoid a hazard than to attempt to stop your car by braking, more so when you’re at speeds above 40 km/h. This is because your swerving reaction time will be faster than your braking reaction time. However, you’ll need to have good steering skills to manoeuvre out of sticky situations while maintaining control of your vehicle.
Tips for steering out of an emergency
- Always keep both your hands on the wheel at the 9 and 3 o’clock position or the 8 and 4 o’clock position. Also, maintain a firm grip on the wheel (not strangling firm) as this will help you turn quicker and also keep you safe in case your airbag is set off.
- Don’t apply the brake while turning as it is easier to lock your wheels when you do both at once. This could make you lose control of the vehicle.
- Don’t turn any more than necessary to clear the obstacle as sharp turns could cause your car to skid or rollover.
- Be ready to counter steer, i.e. to turn the steering wheel back in the other direction once you’ve cleared the obstacle to keep your car on the road.