In this section, we have tips for staying safe on winding roads. Perhaps you're aware of these basic principles already, but many drivers are not. A little refresher course might be useful!
Whether you're new to driving or already experienced behind the wheel, the rule is the same for all users on the road. You must avoid driving at an excessive speed on a curvy road. This principle holds true for both a winding road around a hill or a quiet roundabout in a suburban town.
You will often see road signs that warn you of an approaching curve with a recommended speed limit. But why is a winding road so potentially hazardous in a driving situation? Because when a vehicle turns along a bend, there are two distinct types of motion taking place.
First of all, there's the momentum of the car moving forward. Secondly, inertia of the vehicle's body comes into effect as it follows the curve around. Centrifugal forces will try to push the car outwards, and the tyres will have to work harder to resist these forces as they navigate the curvy road. If a driver turns on a bend at a speed that's too high, the tyres will gradually lose their grip and begin to skid.