CORRECTING A SKID
If a vehicle SKIDS, steer in the direction of the skid
to regain control. Sometimes light pressure on the
accelerator may help bring the vehicle under control. Do
NOT apply brakes, because this may lock the wheels.
Brakes, when used, should be applied lightly and
released quickly if skidding begins. The way to correct
for skidding is shown in figure 5-1.
DRIVING UNDER NORMAL
Normal driving conditions are conditions
encountered on a day-to-day basis that may cause
mishaps. Be aware of these conditions and drive in a
defensive driving mode at all times.
Some mishaps are caused by drivers who do not
make turns correctly. To make a turn safely, follow these
Never make last minute turns.
Be aware of what is going on around you. Check
your mirrors (rear view and sides).
When planning to make a turn at an intersection,
move into the correct turning lane prior to
approaching the intersection. For a right turn, the
correct lane is the one next to the right edge of
the roadway. Should you be on a two-lane road
with traffic in both directions, a left-hand turn
should be approached from the right half of the
roadway nearest the center line.
Signal at least 100 feet before you turn.
Make your turn at a safe speed.
Stay in the proper lane when turning. Vehicles
coming from the opposite direction have the
Finish your turn in the proper lane. (See fig. 5-2.)
When overtaking and passing other vehicles on the
road, observe the common rules of passing. Use extreme
caution whenever passing a vehicle, because the view
immediately beyond the other vehicle is blocked on that
side. The greater the speed of the vehicle ahead, the
more road space and time is required to overtake and
pass the vehicle.
The following are restrictions for overtaking and
Do not pass to the right of another vehicle,
except on multiple-lane, divided highways
(more than two lanes of traffic moving in one
direction) and only then if passing is per-
mitted; use extreme caution in such instances.
Do not pass at an intersection or railroad
Do not pass on a hill or curve, except on
multiple-lane, divided highways.
Do not pass a vehicle signaling to turn or to move
into your lane of traffic, or one that has started
to overtake and pass another vehicle.
Do not pass if the center line of the road is solid
on your side.
Do not pass if the highway is divided by two
Do not pass if the single center line is solid.
Figure 5-1.-Correcting a skid.