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know how to handle a jackknife?
has nothing to do with a pocket knife. We're talking about that frightening
phenomenon when a vehicle pulling a trailer, goes into a skid, the trailer
swings out and the vehicle folds back to meet it.
is most likely when the drive wheels are locked on reaching a slick spot, while
the front wheels and the trailer wheels keep rolling. Usually it occurs on
slippery roads when a driver takes a curve too fast, or when cresting a hill too
fast and finds a stalled vehicle or other obstacle and must swerve or make a
panic stop. It can happen too, with too much speed on a downgrade just before a
turn or stop.
should ever find yourself in a skid and beginning to jackknife, steer in the
direction of the jackknife very carefully. You must rely completely on
steering—but don't oversteer. Lay off the brakes and accelerator. Directional
control is best when all wheels are rolling.
the pavement is made slick by ice, snow or rain, the experienced driver knows
what can happen. They avoid jackknifing by adjusting their speed to
conditions—especially on hills and curves, or whenever the traffic situation
suggests that a quick stop may be necessary.
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