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Running Off the Road: How to Safely React Without Dangerously Overcorrecting

Last updated 7 years ago

One of the most common driving emergencies is being run off the road—either by another car or your own negligence. Whether you are a teen just out of driving school or a seasoned driver, the urge to overcorrect is almost automatic. You’d think that simply returning quickly to the road would solve the problem, but it’s often a little more complicated than that. Overcorrecting can cause you to lose control of the vehicle and potentially cause a rollover or crash.

In this short video, Dr. Bill Van Tassel from AAA goes over the safest way to return to the road after being run off. The first step, he says, is to stabilize the vehicle—this is achieved by keeping the steering wheel straight and easing off the accelerator. The next step is to gently return to the road by turning the steering wheel about a quarter of a turn.

For more great safety tips, contact us at Top Driver Driving School in Illinois. With locations throughout the Chicago suburbs, our driving classes are dedicated to educating teens and adults alike in the matters of safe driving. Find the location nearest you, whether in Gurnee, Naperville, Buffalo Grove, Wheaton, Wilmette, Joliet or elsewhere, and contact us today to get you or your teen on the way to driving safely and intelligently- for life. 


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