Idaho State Police reported a fatal one-vehicle car accident on I-15. The vehicle went over the left shoulder, then back onto the roadway. The driver overcorrected causing it to roll. It came to rest on the right shoulder of I-15. Officials say the driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and was ejected. It is tragic to report the driver succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the car accident. Fortunately, no other vehicles were involved in this accident. To help keep you and other passengers safe, it is important to know some things about overcorrecting. Here are the dangers of overcorrecting and how to avoid overcorrecting while driving.
Dangers of Overcorrecting
Police officers will often report drivers “over-correcting.” To overcorrect means to oversteer when you feel you’ve lost control of the vehicle. Overcorrecting is a common jerk reaction in many drivers and often leads to fatal car accidents. Overcorrection car accidents happen anywhere but are most common on two-lane roads such as I-15 near Pocatello.
Overcorrection is a common cause of car accidents that often lead to rollover accidents. Rollover accident often lead to serious injuries or even death. The dangers of overcorrecting can often be avoided when the driver is using proper techniques to be safe. Here are some tips to prevent overcorrecting.
Tips to Prevent Overcorrecting
Keep your hands at 10 and 2 positions on the steering wheel. Keeping your hands at this position to help prevent you from making a sharp steering maneuver.
Avoid distractions while driving. The main cause of drifting and then overcorrecting is due to the driver not paying attention. Avoid the jerk reaction to overcorrect by staying on the road in the first place.
Pay close attention to what’s going on in front of you. Another major reason for vehicles going off the road is an object in the road or some other sudden change. Always be paying attention to what is coming up ahead.
Drive smooth. Avoid sudden jerks by driving smoothly through turns or when braking. Keep the car’s momentum under control by braking and turning smooth. If you suddenly hit gravel, ease back.
Stay calm. If you do find yourself drifting, remember to not panic. Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and ease the vehicle back onto the road. You will have to fight gravity a bit by forcing the wheels to pull in the right direction. You will also have to resist the urge to jerk the wheel; otherwise known as overcorrecting.
Ease off the accelerator. Force the vehicle to slow down slowly by simply taking your foot off the accelerator. This will help you to regain control. If necessary, brake gradually.
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