Handbrake skids are a trick beloved of stunt drivers and they produce a burning smell from the tyres that seems mighty impressive to the four-door saloon driver watching from the sidelines.
Handbrake skids need to be learned under professional supervision – and will also wreck your tyres, which is an additional outlay.
They are also known as rear-wheel turns and handbrake turns – the handbrake is also known as the emergency brake because it locks the wheels to slow a car down or hold it in position when parked on a hill.
Performing handbrake skids involves the perfect balance of acceleration and using the handbrake to keep the wheels of the car moving while the vehicle is stationery and in a freefall skid.
The effect of this is to literally burn rubber as the wheels turn – squealing tyres are also another pleasing effect of handbrake skids.
Some drivers try and practise stunts like handbrake skids in public places like car parks – this is illegal and really the only way to learn and practise is to take a stunt driving course or advanced driving course, which are now available as experience days.
If you are thinking of signing up to a course, here are the basics of the handbrake skid – but don’t try this at home.
For manual transmission cars:
Stunt drivers will often skid until their tyres are literally smoking – and handbrake skids are always the stuff of car chases in films, where cars skid across roads, narrowly missing artics and the cops.
Stunt driving schools can teach you how to perform driving tricks safely and in the right conditions – you need clear roads or spaces to practise stunts and it is also advisable to wear protective headgear and clothing to prevent injuries.
Drivers practising handbrake skids sometimes also protect their tyres by placing trays underneath them – a smooth plastic surface takes the impact of the road surface and allows the tyres to slide around don the tray, but once you smell burning rubber, you tray needs replacing. http://www.wikihow.com/Do-Handbrake-Skids
Disclaimer: This article is for information only and is not intended as an instruction manual or as safety advice. All drivers should obtain professional tuition and pass a driving test before driving cars and other vehicles and should follow the advice of their instructor and in line with the Highway Code. The publishers and authors of this article accept no liability for any accidents or incidents which occur as a result of not obtaining professional driving instruction or any incident which occurs as a result of following the advice in this article, as other circumstances may also contribute to any accidents or incidents which do occur. Always practise driving in a safe open location away from other road users and pedestrians, under professional supervision.
If you were involved in an accident on the road because of someone doing dangerous car stunts and tricks you can make a vehicle crash claim.