Buick SKYLARK 1995 Owner Manual

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Steering

Power Steering

If you lose power steering assist because the engine stops or the system is not functioning, you can steer but it will take much more el'fort.

Steering Tips

Driving on Curves it's important to take curves at a niasoneble speed.

A lot of the “driver lost control" accidents mentioned on the news happen on curves. Here‘s why:

Experienced driver or beginner. each of us is sublect to the some laws of physics when driving, on curves. The traction of the tires against the road surl'aee makes it possible For the vehicle to change its path when you turn the front wheels. if there‘s no traction. inertia will iteep the vehicle going in the same direction. If 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 banked. and your speed. While you‘re in a curve. speed is the one t‘aetor you can control.

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Suppose you’re slewing Ihrough a sharp cut—ye. Then you suddenly accelerate. Both control systems -— steering and acceleration —- he the to do Iheir work where the tires meet the road. Adding the sudden acceleration can demand too much of Home places. You can lose control.

What should you do if this ever happens? Ease up on |I1e accelerator pedal. steer the vehicle the way you want it to go. and slow down.

Speed limil signs near curves warn dial you should

adj ost your speed. lUfcourse, the posted speeds are based on good weather and road conditions. Under less favorable conditions you' It wont to go slower.

if you need to reduce your spiced 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 oi” the curve. and then accelerate gently into the straightaway.

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