Buick PARK AVENUE 1997 Owner Manual

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Driving on Curves It's important to take curves at a reasonable speed.

A lot of the "driver lost oontrol” aeoidents mentioned on the news happen on curves. Here's why:

EKPEI‘i encod 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. [F the re's no traction. inertia will keep the vehicle going in the same direction. If you've ever

mind to steer a vehicle on wet ice. you‘ll understand this.

The traction you can get in a curve depends on the oondition of your tires and the road surface. the angle at which the curve is bani-ted. and your speed. While you're in a curve. speed is the one factor you ean control.

Suppose you're steering through a sleep curvo.1111:a you suddenly acacia-rate. Both control systems -— steering and acceleration -- have to do their work where the tires meet the road. Adding the sudden aooeleratioh can demand too much of dtose places. You can lose control. Refer to "Traction Control" in the Index.

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

Speed liinit 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 reamnahle. steady speed. Wait to accelerate until you an: out of the curve. and then accelerate gently into the straightaway.


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