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To use the brake during a sliding spin in wet conditions or not?

I was using a circular entrance ramp to I-75 last night. It was damp out after/during a light drizzly rain. The back tires on our 2002 Chevy Trailblazer broke loose and slid around. We ended up sliding sideways into a guard rail. When the truck started to spin and slide I took my foot of the gas and steered into the spin like I had always been taught. She thinks I should have used the brake and that would have stopped the slide sooner. It was wet but not icy, around 45 degrees. Who do you think was right? The truck is a 4x4 but was in 2 wheel drive at the time which made it rear wheel drive, sorry I should have included that info.

Asked By: smoothie - 12/18/2006
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according to the military driving saftey manuel and my extremely knoweledgeble step dad, plus my own experience. says... More
Answered By: popeye - 12/18/2006
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The rule I always use with front wheel drive is to brake or steer but not both together. since this action does neither one.
Answered By: Huey from Ohio - 12/18/2006
 
if you were already hydroplaning, the brakes would not have done much for you. Be thankful you and your girl ar okay and tell her to quit arguing the issue. What's done is done.
Answered By: soccerpeeps - 12/18/2006
 
The moment you took your foot off the gas you were done for. You gave the back tires no reason to do anything else but slide. You should have left your foot on the gas because you were not in snow so there was nothing to help slow you down. The force whipping the back of the truck would have caused you to hit it... More
Answered By: Joey R - 12/18/2006
 
you did the right thing .by locking up your brakes you would of had no control of your vehicle . then who knows how you would have ended up .it could of been far worse . remember the technique you used appies on wet or icy pavement and does not promise that you wont have an accideht it only helps you lessen the... More
Answered By: sade b - 12/18/2006
 
Sorry to hear about the accident, but I'm glad to hear that you're both ok... More
Answered By: DA - 12/18/2006
 
The trick to deciding when to "convert" to a "panic" braking maneuver is, "which direction am I going to slide if all four wheels are locked up?" In your case, you had already bought the farm when you entered the turn at over the maximum speed to maintain traction or even the slope of the curve... To have locked up... More
Answered By: GeoffHubbard - 12/18/2006
 
you must have done the right thing no one died
Answered By: John B - 12/22/2006
 
DON'T USE THE BRAKES IN THAT INSTANCE!!!!! YOU WOULD HAVE FLIPPED OVER!! IT HAPPENED TO MY BROTHER'S FRIEND.
Answered By: jaizon m - 12/22/2006
 
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