This isn’t a sustained, controlled oversteer such as drifting, but rather a skid resulting from improper control or natural handling characteristics of the car.
If you ever find yourself in an oversteer skid, remember these tips for correcting an oversteer skid:
Correcting An Oversteer Skid
First, you need to consider why you’ve exceeded the limits of grip at the wheels.
1. Entering the corner too fast
If you notice that you have entered the corner too fast, release the gas slowly until you gain back the adhesion of the wheels at the back of the car.
2. Lifting off the throttle mid-corner
The resulting forward weight transfer can upset the balance of the car and allow the rear wheels to break loose. In a front wheel drive car, re-applying the throttle can often help in this situation.
3. Braking into the corner or mid corner
To correct brake-induced oversteer, smoothly (but rapidly) release the brake and your tire’s grip should increase.
No matter what caused your vehicle to enter an oversteer skid, it is important to keep the front wheels pointing in the direction you’re hoping to go. This is known as counter-steering. This can only be mastered with plenty of practice and should become instinctual if you’re planning to drive fast at Summit Point.
Even the best electronics can’t counter the laws of physics. Just remember that too much correction will generally stop a slide in one direction, only to create a slide in the opposite direction. Too little correction, and the car will continue to spin until the tires regain traction or the car hits something solid.
Visit our Accident Avoidance web site for detailed information and scheduling on training which includes:
- “Swerve to avoid” maneuvers at highway speeds
- Ocular driving techniques (focus your attention on a positive goal such as an escape route, rather than a problem such as a tree or another vehicle)
- Understanding vehicle dynamics and feedback
- Skid control and recovery practice on a dedicated skid pad and on a slalom course
- Threshold braking on straights and progressive braking on curves
- Off-road recovery