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Did I do the right thing?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Lead_Head, 1 Aug 2006.

  1. Lead_Head


    Joined: 26 Jan 2003

    Posts: 3,704

    Location: Nottm

    Hello all,

    I was on my way with my Mum driving to Decathlon in Nottingham last night in the wet when I approached a smallish roundabout on Bilborough Road outside the Nottingham Buisiness Park heading towards the Nuthall roundabout for those of you that know it. I was in the left hand lane with a car behind me and I entered the roundabout at approx. 20mph, turned in to the right keeping to the left hand lane and at the point where you are about to accelerate out of the roundabout I felt my front tyres starting to slip, instantly followed by the rears sliding. I had NO grip whatsoever on the road surface.

    The car started to point to the right, whilst the car started sliding to the left and the curb. I reacted by easing off the accelerator and I touched the brake for a split second whilst attempting to turn the direction I intended to go. The car bit the road again and I carried on in the direction I was supposed to be going.

    My question is, did I react in the right way? What would of happened if I had hit the brakes in a panic? I drive a S reg basic SEAT Ibiza so nothing special.
  2. Pug


    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,182

    Location: Over there...

    well, the fact you didnt crash says you did the right thing in the siuation... ;)

    whether its technically the right thing to have done, i'll wait for the OCUK crash investigation team to confirm ;)

    (If you'd have stamped on the brake without ABS you'd be in the kerb probably (depending on speed and distance to kerb)
  3. paradigm


    Joined: 26 Aug 2003

    Posts: 36,710

    Location: Staffordshire

    Braking would have unsettled the car, you would have probably got out of the situation by just letting off the accelerator (quite why you were on it at that point i'm not sure). Letting off the accelerator in a FWD car would drop the weight on the front giving you a bit more traction.
  4. Lead_Head


    Joined: 26 Jan 2003

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    Location: Nottm

    I wasn't actually pushing down on the accelerator, I was just keeping it at a steady point to keep the car going at it's current speed.

    The point the car lost traction was just about the point where you would expect to press the accelerator to move away from the island.
  5. Nathan


    Joined: 4 Feb 2003

    Posts: 4,651

    Location: West Midlands

    Yes, understeer in FWD - lift off. Oversteer, foot down with opposite lock.
  6. baldzone


    Joined: 7 Mar 2005

    Posts: 814

    probably hit a patch of diesel from a wonderful lorry!
  7. Sone


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,669

    hehe, who said something like "spilt diesel burned my sofa and kicked my dog" here :p
  8. Jonny69

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    If you hit the brakes you would have probably come to a halt quickly but not necessarily facing the right way. All cars behave differently in these sorts of situations so it's best you find out what yours does the hard way. You need a wet/greasy roundabout and a night when no-one is about and basically find out what happens by chucking the car about.

    Example: my Anglia (rwd) vs my friends old FTO (fwd). If I come in on a wet roundabout on the limit or if it's greasy I let off and the car straightens out. Brake lightly and it does the same. Nail the throttle and the car spins round and I'm facing backwards. In the FTO if he comes in on the limit and lets off the car oversteers, likewise if he brakes it does the same but worse. Nail the throttle and it understeers, so he has to be careful and maintain his line and throttle.

    Practice makes perfect but if you can predict what effect your steering and braking is going to have in a situation it will give you more confidence and control when that need arises.
  9. Simon


    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 23,952

    Location: Berks / Moscow

    A little dab would of helped the front end grip this probably stopped the front wheels sliding.

    However more likely was that you hit a lot of built up rubber,due to the recent heatwave, that would of been like ice in the rain, the car slid until it reached normal, non-rubber- covered road, and then regained grip
  10. tom_e

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    Joined: 26 Dec 2003

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    sounds like last night was a bad night for cars, one of my mates had a blow out on a roundabout and ended up smackin the curb bending his rear axle i think he said and my other mate was nearly hit by some tool in his flashy sports car thinking he could speed round a round about and losing it and ending up in a bush.
  11. [TW]Fox

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    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

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    I'd have applied light throttle to balance the car out, and some opposite lock.

    You were ok as the speeds were low. Jumping on the brakes is usually bad.
  12. Firestar_3x


    Joined: 11 Mar 2005

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    Location: Leafy Cheshire

    That would be the angry guy who beat his wife only yo find his wife was dead - family guy ;)