Overcorrecting Leads to Fatal Car AccidentsOvercorrecting leads to fatal car accidents quite often. In fact, overcorrecting is said to be one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents. In 2005, overcorrecting was the cause of 2,319 deaths according to the Insurance Information Institute. A fatal car accident involving a Pocatello resident was reported by Idaho State Police last Wednesday. Police say a multiple-vehicle car accident occurred on southbound Interstate 15 near Arimo, Idaho. A Pocatello resident was driving a semi truck when it was rear ended by a car. The car then went off the shoulder, overcorrected and then rolled before coming to a stop in northbound traffic. Another vehicle heading northbound then struck the car head on. The driver of the car was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident but succumbed to injuries.

What Does It Mean to Overcorrect While Driving?

Police officers will often report drivers “overcorrecting.” To overcorrect means to over steer when you feel you’ve lost control of the vehicle. Overcorrecting is a common jerk reaction in many drivers and often leads to fatal car accidents. Overcorrection car accidents happen anywhere but are most common on two lane roads such as I-15 near Pocatello.

How to Avoid Overcorrecting While Driving

Avoid distractions while driving. The main cause of drifting and then overcorrecting is due to the driver not paying attention. Avoid the jerk reaction to overcorrect by staying on the road in the first place.

Pay close attention to what’s going on in front of you. Another major reason for vehicles going off the road is an object in the road or some other sudden change. Always be paying attention to what is coming up ahead.

Drive smooth. Avoid sudden jerks by driving smoothly through turns or when braking. Keep the car’s momentum under control by braking and turning smooth. If you suddenly hit gravel, ease back.

Stay calm. If you do find yourself drifting, remember to not panic. Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and ease the vehicle back onto the road. You will have to fight gravity a bit by forcing the wheels to pull in the right direction. You will also have to resist the urge to jerk the wheel; otherwise known as overcorrect.

Ease off the accelerator. Force the vehicle to slow down slowly by simply taking your foot off the accelerator. This will help you to regain control. If necessary, brake gradually.

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