When The Car In Front Of You Loses Control Don't Drive Like This Dashcam Driver
When the person in front of you has traction trouble you have to know something is up.
Tank slappers, speed wobbles, death wobbles, or shimmies, whatever you like to call it, are one of the scariest things to experience on a motorcycle. But remember that these events aren't just limited to two-wheeled vehicles. Given enough speed and low enough traction, a four wheeled vehicle can experience the same thing.
Take this Hyundai Accent driver caught in this dashcam footage for instance. Even though the road is straight, the heavy brake action was enough to give some instability to the front axles. Once the vehicle started turning, slight steering corrections ended up in over-corrections, so on and so forth, to the point where the vehicle became completely unstable.
It's unclear whether the road surface was wet or dry, and whether black ice was present. What is clear, however, is that the dashcam driver could have completely avoided the chaotic situation in front of them. Once you notice that the vehicle in front of you has lost control, it should immediately give you the signal that you need to safely slow down. The dashcam driver in this case had enough time and space to avoid the catastrophe, but did not react immediately. See for yourself, could you have saved the dashcam car if you were driving it?
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