Imagine you’re driving along the road and suddenly, you feel one (or two) of your wheels drop off the pavement onto grass, dirt or other terrain. If you do not know the recommended recovery technique, you could lose control of your vehicle and crash into a tree, crash into another vehicle on the road, or even roll over.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, “Pavement edge drop-off crashes are over twice as likely to be fatal relative to other crashes on similar roads.” But remember- It’s not about returning to the road quickly; it’s about returning to the road safely.
Check out our YouTube video in which we demonstrate how an off-road recovery can go bad, quickly.
What Should You Do?
Always continue to look and steer towards the road straight ahead. Do not try to steer back onto the road immediately, as this can cause you to lose control of your vehicle possibly drive into oncoming traffic. Moreover, if your tires are close to the pavement edge and you attempt to drive back onto the road, they may “scrub” against the edge rather than surmount it. Instead, steer to straddle the pavement edge, moving the outer tires away from the drop-off.
When the road is clear, turn the steering wheel about one-quarter turn to the left. When all of your tires are back on the pavement, steer back to the right to stay in your lane. Check out the proper way to correct your vehicle below:
Evasive Driving Training is designed to improve the car control skills of licensed drivers at any experience level. The student learns about vehicle dynamics and the importance of understanding “vehicle language”. This is accomplished through realistic exercises such as straight-line emergency (Threshold) braking, braking-in-turns, serpentine, skid pad, swerve-to-avoid, and off-road recoveries. Learn more.
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