Buick LESABRE 1993 Owner Manual

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the front wheels. If there's no traction. inertia will keep the vehicle going in the same direction. ll‘ you've ever tried to steer a vehicle on wet ice. you‘ll understand this.

The traction you can get in a curve depends on the Condition of your tires and the road surface. the angle at which the curve is tranked1 and your speed. While you're in a curve, speed is the one factor you can control.

Suppose you’re steen‘ ng through a sharp curve. Then you suddenly accelerate.

Those two control systems .- steering and acceleration -- can overwhelm those places where the tires meet the road and make you lose control.

What should you do if this ever happens? Let up on the accelerator pedal. steer the vehicle the way you want it to go. and slow down.

Speed limit signs near curves warn that you should adjust your speed. Of course. the posted speeds are based on good weather and road conditions. Under less favorable conditions you'll want to go slower.

If you need to reduce your speed as you approach a curve1 do it before you enter Ihe curve. while your front wheels are straight ahead.


Try to adjust your speed so you can “drive" through the curve. Maintain a reasonable, steady speed. Wait to accelerate until you are out of the curve. and then accelerate gently into the straightaway.

When you drive into a curve at nighL it’s harder to see the road ahead of you because it bends away from the straight beams of your lights. This is one good reason to driv'e slower.

Steering in Emergencies

There are li mes when steering can be more effective than braking. For example, you come over a hill and finci a truck stopped in your lane, or a car suddenly pulls out from nowhere, or a child darts out from between parked cars and stops right in front of you. You can avoid these problems by braking .. if you can stop in time. But sometimes you can't; there isn't room. That's the lime for evasive action -- steen'ng around the problem.

Your Buick can perform very well in emergencies like these. First apply your brakes. It is better to remove as much speed as you can from a possible collision. Then steer around the problem1 to the le ft or right depending on the space available.

An emergency like this requires close attention and a quick decision. If you are holding the steering wheel at

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