Traction vs. Steering: Go easy on the accelerator

Traction vs. Steering: Go easy on the accelerator

When accelerating, don’t kick the accelerator pedal: instead, tip into it gently, as if there were an egg between your foot and the pedal. The first few centimeters of pedal travel are critical, in some vehicles even more so than others. Once the vehicle is rolling, you can increase pressure on the pedal, and thus your rate of acceleration, more quickly. Just don’t accelerate hard enough to make the wheels spin. If you do sense wheelspin – either from the sound, a slowing of the vehicle, or a lack of response to the accelerator pedal – ease back on the pedal immediately until you feel the wheels grip again.