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How to safely rectify over-correcting on the roadway

By Lynn Mitchell - email

KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - Investigators say the Quitman accident is a classic case of a driver over-correcting, running off the road, and then reacting too quickly to try to straighten things.

"People make this difficult but it's really very simple." says Timothy Young,  A 12-year veteran instructor at the East Texas Police Academy. He showed us how to avoid getting into the over-correcting mistake.

"What we are looking for is a response not a reaction. So many times on these rural roads what we get into is the vehicle will leave the roadway," Young says to keep control, "Resist the impulse to jerk the steering wheel to get back on the road. Hold the wheel steady, let up on the gas pedal, and do not brake."

Young also says that most people grasp the steering wheel at the wrong location. He uses the hours of a clock face to indicate the best position.

"Position your hands at 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock, or 8 o'clock and 4 o'clock," he says.

Not at the old "10 and 2" you may have been taught.

The key to regaining control is to let your car slow without using the brakes and steer with a steady hand until you regain traction with your tires.

"These same techniques can be used in icy road conditions to keep your vehicle safely on the road."

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