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What to do if your car spins out

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Crashes

For the most part, driving is a routine activity and people use this mode of transport safely every day. However, driving always has an element of unpredictability and danger. 

With a wet road surface or the miscalculation of the sharpness of a turn, it is possible that your car will spin out. This occurs when your tires lose traction after braking or steering, causing the whole car to rotate. As spin-out can be dangerous and extremely stressful. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can manage this situation. 

Stay as straight as possible

When a spin-out happens, it is difficult to know exactly what to do. Your first reaction may be to steer as hard as you can in the opposite direction. However, it is best to avoid doing this. It is far more beneficial for you to keep the steering wheel as straight as possible. 

Don’t slam the brakes

In an emergency situation, it is tempting just to slam on the brakes as hard as possible. During a car-spin out, this could make things worse. You want to try and regain traction, and slamming on your brakes is likely to only make it harder for your tires to grip onto the road. The majority of modern vehicles have anti-lock braking systems, so if you apply firm pressure by pumping the brake pedal, you should be able to prevent your wheels from locking up completely.  

A car spin-out can be a nerve-racking scenario, but if you remain can, you should be able to get through it.

Spin-outs happen all the time in bad weather, and not every driver is prepared to handle them. In the unfortunate event that you have been injured in a road traffic collision with a driver who lost control of their vehicle, make sure that you explore all of your legal rights to obtain the compensation you need for your injuries and losses.