Skid Recognition, Avoidance and Recovery
supplied by RTEC's own Advanced Driver Training
yourself in this position...Its
winter, you are driving along a country lane, the road is wet
and there are icy patches.
You round a tight bend and suddenly
the rear wheel start towards the opposite side of the
road….what would you do?
car in front of you stops suddenly, you have little time or
distance to avoid an accident…….what’s you next move?
know the answers to the above situations, but unless you are
able to implement them with a reflex action,
it may be too
late. To most people a skid on a public road is a journey into
the unknown, is usually something of a ‘heart stopper’ and few
drivers can say they are equipped to handle such a situation.
control is now an integral part of the Road and Traffic
Education Centre and is the ‘finishing school’ of many of
driver education programmes. Many methods, some dubious, have
and are still being used to teach skid control principles but
with the advent of the computerized skid frame, they can be
taught on any open concrete or tarmac area. The NZ Skid Car
Sportage appears to be quite normal, but sophisticated
electronics control the steering of both front AND rear
wheels. With the instructor (fully qualified) sitting
alongside, the pupil can suddenly be faced with
a wet surface,
black ice, gravel, or even a complete loss of brakes – all at
a touch of a button.
A course with NZ Skid Car will
help you prepare for the unexpected, learn techniques required
to correct a skid, and more importantly, how to apply them