Your Ford Focus slips and becomes uncontrollable inside a turn when you weren’t driving so quickly? You don’t really figure out where it comes from and you’ve been quite frightened.
In this article, we will try to clarify the subject, and figure out all the potential causes that makes your Ford Focus slip, but on top of that how to avoid getting caught up again and crash your Ford Focus.
Reasons that cause your Ford Focus to slip
Wet soil and aquaplaning
The first thing to consider, even if it seems obvious, is the weather conditions. When the ground is wet, and as a result covered with water, your Ford Focus’s grip is completely altered And has a great chance to slip and loose control. You can potentially do aquaplaning, which results in the fact that your tire is no longer in direct contact with the ground, and therefore your Ford Focus no longer has any grip. Your car will therefore start to take random, very dangerous directions.
Tire quality, wear, pressure
This aquaplaning phenomenon is obviously accentuated by various factors. First, the make of your Ford Focus’s tires. If you have bought tires at an unbeatable price, it is probably to be at the expense of quality. Be cautious with that, your lives are at stake. If there is anything you should take care about before buying, it is the tires. Talk to someone qualified or look at comparators on the Internet for your Ford Focus because a bad quality tire could make your Ford Focus to slip very easily.
Beyond the quality of these tires, there is also their level of wear. Even a tire of excellent quality wears out relatively quickly, count between 40,000 and 50,000 km. When you have worn tires, they become totally smooth and therefore lose all Ford Focus’s grip on the ground.
Then comes the pressure from them. Actually, an under-inflated tire also contributes to aqua-planning (we are talking about aquaplnning here but this does not only concern water, but any slippery ground, water, oil, gasoline etc…). Remember to check the pressure of these on a regular basis, especially on the eve of a long journey. The advised pressure is often written on it, otherwise you can look on the internet by filling in your Ford Focus’s model.
Vehicle load and driving behaviour
It is also necessary to take into account weight of the vehicle. If your safe is overloaded, your Ford Focus will probably be much harder to control and therefore slip easily. Pay attention to that, and that brings us to the most important point to consider, your driving style.
If you drive fast, it makes sense to reduce your grip on the ground. When turning, do not accelerate. Obviously, avoid wet areas, especially on the side of the road.
Imagine that you arrived too fast in the bend, when you start to lose control and start to slip, avoid braking absolutely. This would cause you to permanently lose control of the vehicle.
If your car is leaving from the front, it is advisable to stay on course and wait until you find some grip.
If, on the contrary, you were to start making a tailspin, try to counter-direct your Ford Focus in the right direction.
Of course it is easier said than done, but it is still better to be familiar with that than nothing at all!
The main point to remember is that your Ford Focus’s brake is your adversary in this circumstance, examine the condition of your Ford Focus on a regular basis, don’t drive too fast, especially in corners, and if this takes place anyway, try to stay calm and just decelerate to regain manageable speed and grip the road again.
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