Viewing technique is essential especially for racing drivers, who cannot imagine their functioning without it. In any case, you should also use this technique in normal traffic, as it can help you negotiate a corner, avoid a collision, or support you when overcoming a rear axle skid.

A simple rule of thumb is: where I look, I go. In addition to the classic traffic monitoring, when looking ahead, look really ahead, and at a sufficient distance. Do not look at the hood of the car even five meters in front of the car, look (if possible) further. Only then will you have time to react to a possible crisis situation, which can also be ordinary sudden braking.

That is, if you detect a parked car or a person on the road in the village, when it is five meters in front of you, you will not do anything about it. If you can see an obstacle 20 or more meters ahead, your chances of reacting and avoiding a collision at high speed are much higher.

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Keep an eye on what’s going on ahead of you, keep a safe distance and don’t hypnotize the brakes of the car in front of you.

In denser traffic, on roads or highways, it is also not entirely appropriate to hypnotize the brake lights of the car in front of you. Although it is an adrenaline sport, it is somewhat dangerous. Again, you have to watch the traffic in front of you, but you have to see further, further ahead.

In other words, if you see the brake lights of the sixth car in front of you on the highway or expressway, it is clear to you that this domino effect will reach you. But you will already know that and have much more time to react to the braking. If you only react to the braking of the car immediately in front of you, the reaction time is shortened considerably.

Cornering and skidding

What about cornering? Simply follow her exit, direct your eyes there. If it is a long or sharp turn, or if the exit is hidden behind trees or bushes, focus on the visible peak of the turn and direct your eyes there. As soon as you approach this visible peak, use your eyes to find the next peak or exit point. You will find that when you apply this technique, your hands will work much more smoothly on the steering wheel.

This loosely links to rear axle skidding, which in manual vehicles is solved by stepping on the clutch and turning the steering wheel in the direction in which the axle is running. With automatics, take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel again in the direction of the rear axle. But be careful, you don’t have much time for that reaction (turning the steering wheel) many times.

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Rear axle skidding is far more dangerous, as it is harder to control, more psychologically demanding and there is a greater risk of a side impact when the protection of the crew is limited.

As soon as the car starts to straighten out of the skid, you start straightening the steering wheel together with it, thus solving the skid of the rear axle successfully and safely. Yes, some will say they would add throttle for rear axle skid on 4×4 or front wheel drive vehicles, which may help from a physics point of view.

However, there is a big risk that if you do not manage the given maneuver, you will crash due to adding gas at a higher speed. And since there is a risk of a side impact during rear skids, which is the most dangerous, we definitely do not recommend the method of adding gas.

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Remember, where I look, I go!

Anyway, how does sight help you in an oversteer skid? Very! As soon as the rear axle skids and your vehicle goes sideways, fix your eyes on where you want to go. Our eyes, brain and hands are connected vessels, that’s why in this crisis situation when fixing our vision, our brain intuitively guides our hands to turn the steering wheel correctly and quickly. And it usually does it much faster than when you’re thinking about skidding.

So don’t underestimate the technique of looking, on the contrary, use its helpful potential. The condition is, of course, that you follow the traffic, i.e. you do not drive disproportionately fast in relation to the surface. If you so-called pull the strings, neither the viewing technique nor electronic stabilization, or even holy water, will help you. Then physics rules, and it is uncompromising.

The sight technique is not something they teach you in driving school. This driving superstructure is usually taught in safe driving centers, of which there are quite a few across the country. And you might be surprised, but many drivers leave after visiting such polygons with the feeling that only practice is actually priceless.