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Tip No: 6 - Handling Skids
A skid is the loss of tire traction. It may be caused by inappropriate use of steering brakes or accelerator.

The best way to learn to handle skids and other emergency driving techniques is under controlled conditions with a qualified instructor. Courses may be available in your area.

Here are some basic rules that every driver should know.

When you start to skid:

- Release the brake; - Take your foot off the pedal; - Depress the clutch pedal or shift to neutral quickly. - Look where you want to go and steer where you want to go.

If you can't recover steering control, and the car start to rotate, hit the brakes as hard as you can and stay on them. It will continue to rotate but in one direction only and others will stand a better chance of avoiding you. You should keep your foot hard on the brake until the car stops.

This driving tip is from the Partners in Safety booklet, which was published by the Ontario Trucking Association.  Expert instructors of the DSAO have carefully vetted all of these tips.

  Driving Tips
  1-Training Counts
  2-Setting Out
  3-Driving in the Rain
  4-Passing Trucks
  5-Preventing Skids
6-Handling Skids
  7-Defensive Driving
  8-Backing Up
  9-Sharing The Road With A Truck
  10-Seat Belts
  11-Night Driving
  12-Braking
  13-Regular Maintenance
  14-Biking & Blading
  15-Expressway Driving
  16-Preparing For A Long Trip
  17-Long Distance Driving
  18-Highway Hypnosis
  19-Break Down
  20-Preparing For Winter
  21-The Survival Kit
  22-Winter Driving
  23-Getting Unstuck
  24-Courtesy And Common Sense

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