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There are three types of skid that are of interest to road drivers:

  • Front Wheel Skid
  • Rear Wheel Skid
  • Four Wheel Skid (developing into a spin)

Excessive speed for the road conditions (e.g. a slippery road surface, sharp curve, etc.) is often the catalyst for skidding but the main causes of skidding are:

  1. Harsh or sudden acceleration
  2. Harsh or sudden braking
  3. Coarse or excessive steering

But there are other causes too. A report from the respected VETA organization, in Sweden, shows that fitting new tires to the front wheels only can result in fatal skids. Read that report here. (The Swedish acronym, VETA, represents "Science and Experience in Traffic Safety Work")

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