Buick SKYLARK 1994 Owner Manual

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Power Steering

if you lose power steering assist because the engine stops or the system is not functioning, you can steer but it will lake much more effort.

Steering Tips

Driving on Curves It‘s important to lake curves at a reasonable speed.

A. lot of the ”dri yer lost control" accidents mentioned on the news happen on curves. Here's why:

Experienced driver or beginner. each of us is subject to the same laws of physics when driving on curves. The traction of the tires against the road surface makes it possible for the vehicle to change its path when you turn the front wheels. 11' there‘s no traction. inertia will keep the vehicle going in the same direction. If you've ever

. tried Io steer a vehicle on wet ice1 you'll understand this.

The traction you can get in a curtrc depends on the condition of your tires and the road surface. the angle at which the curve is banked. and your Speed. While you’re in a curve, speed is the one factor you can control.

Suppose you’re steering Waugh a sharp curve. Then you suddenly accelerate. Both control systems steering and acceleration —- have to do their work where the tires meet the road. Adding the sudden acceleration can den-land too much of those places. You can lose control.

Wt should you do if this ever happens? Ease up on the accelerator pethal1 steer the vehlcte 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 curve, do it before you enter the 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.

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