During driving school exams in Europe in general, one of the biggest difficulties for the candidates is the mastery of driving during a sharp turn. This often makes them lose a lot of points during the practice exam.
We must of course anticipate when you take a turn, while thinking to always look away in the direction in which you want to go, in addition to scrupulously respect these few points …
Before the curve which is off in front of the driver …
To initiate a safe turn with traction in good driving conditions during a driving test, it is strongly recommended to anticipate and brake before the turn, as long as the front wheels are straight.
Why slow down before this curve?
Returning for a short time to our physics class, you have to slow down to decrease the centrifugal force (Force that is moving out of the center of a circumference) that carries the vehicle out of the turn. If you do not slow down enough, tire adhesion may not be enough and the vehicle may slip.
In the curve itself
Avoid braking because the load transfer to the front of the vehicle causes a decrease in the grip of the rear of the car which increases the risk of skidding.
Only accelerate once the front wheels of your vehicle are straight. The power of the acceleration must be proportional to the angle of the steering wheel, so it is necessary to accelerate gradually at the end of the turn.
What happens if you arrive too quickly in a turn?
If you arrive too quickly on the turn, it forces you to brake hard and there is in this case a large mass transfer forward. This mass transfer on the car offloads the rear axle and reduces the grip of the rear tires, with a risk of what is called oversteer.
When the back of the car skids, do not panic here is the solution.
Disengage to restore the balance of the car, look where you want to go, not where you are afraid to go. Look in the right direction and everything will be done naturally.
What happens if in the turn, you accelerate too hard?
If you accelerate too hard in the turn, there is a mass transfer to the rear which offloads the front wheels. This mass transfer causes an understeer (a turn in another turn usually not desired), in fact the adhesion of the front wheels being reduced, the directional power is decreased.
To remedy this, gradually decelerate and do not over-steer. On the contrary, unpack. Decelerating will reload the front axle and restore directional power to the front wheels.
Sensation is not synonymous with speed
The driver must always prioritize safety at speed and drive in accordance with traffic regulations. Speed is not required to feel driving sensations.
Let’s keep all these tips and we will not be getting any point anywhere in the driver’s license exams in the face of these often very subjective instructors who sometimes forget to take into account the stress factor during exams.