Tommy must have tried to gun the engine while turning into the skid, but it didn’t work.

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  • Welcome to English Language & Usage. What research have you done? Could you cite your research, please? – rajah9 Jun 18 at 12:41
  • "Steer into the skid" is more idiomatic. – Hot Licks Jun 18 at 12:50
  • @HotLicks - That may be regional; while it's generally taught using 'steer' in my area, I'd say that in practice both are used about equally. – Jeff Zeitlin Jun 18 at 13:42

If a motor vehicle loses traction, it ‘skids’. To recover from the skid, the driver tries to align the vehicle’s principal axis with the direction of motion; this is usually done by manipulating the steering mechanism. This manipulation of the steering mechanism normally causes the vehicle to turn (that is, change direction), and ‘turning’ is normally the word used. To ‘turn into the skid’ is thus to manipulate the steering mechanism to cause the vehicle’s principal axis to align with the direction of motion after losing traction.


Let's say you are driving on a slippery road, and your car starts to skid to the left. Your natural instinct is to turn the wheel to the right, as a correction. But that will make it harder for you to regain control of the car.

Instead, you should turn into the skid, meaning, turn your wheel gently to the left. This might seem counterintuitive. But it helps you establish traction with the road again, and then you'll hopefully be able to start steering again in the direction you actually want to go.

  • Thank you so very much now it's clear – ali Jun 19 at 3:55

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