Regain Control of Your Car

  • Have you ever had a close call, a time when your vehicle was out of control?
  • What did you do to regain control?

Here are some techniques for regaining control of your vehicle in different situations.

  1. What to do in inclement weather. In these conditions the best thing you can do is slow down. This may reduce the chance of losing control of the car.
  2. What to do if you lose control. If loss of control occurs due to a flat tire, a patch of wet leaves, gravel roads, oil, snow and ice or some other hazard: remain calm no matter what. Panicking won’t help.
  • Look where you WANT to go, and point the wheels in that direction.
  • Don’t slam on the brakes, but ease up on the gas pedal. If the car has anti-lock brakes, apply firm pressure to slow the vehicle instead of pumping the brake pedal.
  • To avoid skids, brake before a curve, not during it.
  • Try to brake while in a straight line and coast through the curve. If a gas pedal sticks, shift to neutral and apply the brakes.