Your Ford Focus slides and becomes uncontrollable especially during 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 describe the subject, and appreciate 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.
Circumstances 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. Once the ground is wet, and therefore covered with water, your Ford Focus’s grip is completely modified And has a great chance to slip and loose control. You can potentially do aquaplaning, which means 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 clearly accentuated by various reasons. First, the make of your Ford Focus’s tires. If you have decided to buy tires at an unbeatable price, it is most likely 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 standard 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 entirely smooth and therefore lose all Ford Focus’s grip on the ground.
Then comes the pressure from them. Indeed, an under-inflated tire also contributes to aqua-planning (we are referring to 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 suggested 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 important to take into account weight of the vehicle. If your safe is overloaded, your Ford Focus will be much harder to control and therefore slip easily. Pay attention to that, and that brings us to the most crucial point to consider, your driving style.
If you drive fast, it is just common sense to reduce your grip on the ground. When turning, do not accelerate. Keep in mind, avoid wet areas, especially on the side of the road.
Imagine that you came 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 situation, check the condition of your Ford Focus regularly, don’t drive too fast, especially in corners, and if this occurs anyway, try to stay calm and just decelerate to restore manageable speed and grip the road again.
If perhaps you have any further questions about the Ford Focus, do not hesitate to consult our Ford Focus category.