What to do when your car fishtails

Have you ever driven along the MEX Highway on a rainy day and the back of your car starts to skid when you adjust your steering wheel to change lanes? Well, that is the best time to FREAK OUT but at that moment, it is also important to regain control over your car and stop the skidding for your safety. In this post, we would like to share with you on what causes this type of skidding, what to do when it happens, and how to avoid it in the first place.

 

 

WHAT CAUSES THE SKIDDING
When your rear tires lose traction on the road, your car begins to slide on the road’s surface rather than move in the direction you’re steering. This is what you call ‘fishtailing’. It is also called acceleration skidding or over-steering. In Malaysia, fishtailing happens most likely in a heavy rain when the road begins to flood. Not only when you make a turn, your car can easily start skidding if you are driving too fast on a bad road condition.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CAR FISHTAILS
DON’T PANIC
Remain calm and give yourself the chance to handle the situation effectively and keep yourself, your passengers, as well as other drivers safe.

TURN THE STEERING WHEEL IN THE SKIDDING DIRECTION
As soon as you feel your rear wheels skidding, begin turning the steering wheel in the same direction that the rear wheels are moving. This will slowly help your wheels to turn back to the direction you want to go and help you regain control of your car.

 

 

TAKE THE FOOT OFF THE GAS AND GENTLY BRAKE
When you lose control of your car, your first reaction may be to slam on the brakes. Resist this urge because that is suicide. Slowly remove your foot off of the accelerator and pump your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), it is advised to apply steady pressure instead of pumping.

 

HOW TO AVOID FISHTAILING

  • Reduce your speed when roads are slippery from heavy rain.
  • Add distance between your car and the car in front of you to prevent sudden braking.
  • Slow down more than you normally would when approaching and making a turn.
  • Replace old, worn-out tires because their lack of traction could lead to dangerous fishtailing when you’re driving in a slippery condition.

 

 

Not sure if you’re driving on the best tires for your specific needs? Don’t risk your safety on the road. Get them replaced NOW! And if you want to find out the current price for your car, click HERE.

 

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