ABC News opened their show last night with a short video clip of a car spinning out of control on an icy highway somewhere in the south, where the latest miserable snow/ice storm struck yesterday. The video showed that the driver had done absolutely nothing to try to recover from the spin. Possible he/she didn’t know what to do, which is a shame; that lack of knowledge cost them a tow and possibly some vehicle damage.
Do you know how to recover control if your car loses traction and starts spinning?
The short answer:
get off of the gas (and brake) and turn the steering wheel in whatever direction the back end of the car is sliding. Example, the back end is sliding out to the right, turn the steering wheel to the right. Once the back end recovers grip, the car will want to turn in whatever direction your front wheels are now pointing, so be ready to move the steering wheel back toward center again.
Now that electronic stability control is mandatory, and most cars are front- or all-wheel-drive, do they even teach spin recovery in driver’s ed anymore?