Steering Out of a Skid: It’s Scary, But You Can Stay in Control

Skids are scary, but they can happen to anyone. One wrong move and BAM! You’re in a skid and you’re trying to stay in control.

The fast and furrious. Heheh. Furrious. Get it?
The fast and furrious. Heheh. Furrious. Get it?
Even though skids are more likely to happen in bad weather (rain, snow, etc.), they can happen in all conditions. Luckily, I’m about to give you some tips on what you can do to react to a skid. You > skid.

In a skid, your back wheels lose traction with the road and try to move toward the front of your vehicle. That’s enough to make anyone freak out, but it’s important that you stay calm and in control of the situation.

Yep, totally all good.
Yep, totally all good.
The first thing you want to do is take your foot off of the brake and accelerator pedals. As you do that, look in the direction you want to travel. This is real important. Have you ever looked at something as you were riding your bike and started accidentally steering in that direction? That’s exactly what will happen. So make sure you’re looking the direction you want to go.

Next, you will slowly turn the wheel toward that direction. Be very careful not to oversteer or you will just keep skidding in the other direction. When you finally get under control and back on track, slowly straighten your wheel. Again, make sure you do not oversteer. At this point, you’re good to go.

Let’s recap: 1. Stay calm. 2. Keep your foot of the pedals. 3. Steer in the direction you want to go. Now you can be confident and ready to react if you begin to skid.

Make sure to check out the rest of our safe driving videos for more tips to keep you in control on the road!