In a skidding situation, take your foot off the gas pedal. If possible, do not use your brakes. Pump the brakes lightly if you are about to hit something. Steer the car into the direction of the skid to straighten the vehicle; then steer in the direction you wish to go

Wet Brakes

Always test your brakes lightly after driving through deep water. Brakes may pull to one side or they may not hold at all. You can dry the brakes by driving slowly in low gear and applying the brakes.

Right Wheels Off Pavement

If your right wheels fall off the edge of the road, take your foot off the gas pedal, and hold the wheel firmly. Steer in a straight line and then brake lightly. Wait until the road is clear. At this point, turn back on the pavement sharply and at a slow speed.

Car or Motorcycle Approaching in Your Lane:

Often, other vehicles may be approaching in your lane as they are passing. If this happens, sound your horn and brake sharply. Be prepared to steer for the side of the road or even the ditch.

Tire Blowout

Having a tire blowout can be quite unnerving. Remain calm and do not use your brakes if this happens. Concentrate on steering your vehicle, and allow the vehicle to slow gradually. Brake softly when the car is under control, and then slowly pull completely off the pavement to replace the blown tire with the spare.


-Tampa Bay Driving Staff

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