Winter Driving 101: How to do “The Scandinavian Flick” Drift Move in An Emergency

Nov 09, 2019 03:38 AM EST | Staff Reporter

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Winter Driving 101: How to do “The Scandinavian Flick” Drift Move in An Emergency
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Roads in snow covered places are unpredictable and dangerous. In Scandinavia, they developed the Scandinavian Flick or Pendulum turn to regain control in wild turns.

Roads in snow covered places are unpredictable and dangerous. In Scandinavia, they developed the Scandinavian Flick or Pendulum turn to regain control in wild turns. This could be similar to hitting patches of black ice that are hazardous to motorists. The Flick is a bit fancy but in negative spin-out on a curved turn. A controlled drift will save everyone in this emergency!

Basically a rally trick for cars that move fast. Gaining control in a turn with no grip and going too fast is hairy. Think of it as the last trick to avoid getting hurt or wrecking the automobile. Drivers skilled enough to do this by accident or skill are lucky!

Several steps are needed to pull it off. Everything is sequential or it would not work at all. A cool head and steady hands, with nerves of steel, are pre-requisites. No scream queens or panicked fellows, please. Here is are the steps.

 Step 1. Less throttle, turn the wheel and controlled braking.

 Do not follow the direction of the spin, go the other way. Step of the gas pedal, steer-opposite, and use brakes lightly to shift weight to front axles. More solid grip on front wheels that throws weight to the car rear! This is done as prep to control the skid and wheel spin. This set up is crucial to the next step.

 Step 2. Shift the car weight, let go of the brake, do a throttle blip, then apply to countersteer as needed!

 Transferring weight from the front to rear shifts traction to car posterior. Wheels are moving into the turn that will shift weight to the front axle. Once the front axle is moving forward to the highest point, this is where the car should go. Always look at the top of the turn, that is where the car should go.

Step 3. Steer at the direction you are looking at.

When at the apex of where you want to go. Steer wheels at that direction and do not let go of the wheel. Keep the weight shifted at the front end or you will spin again.

 Step 4. Do not force it and the car goes where it wants.

 Do not go against the cars general direction. Control the accelerator and cycle the brakes until another apex point! Reach this part of the mover, let go and momentum will do the rest. No throttle or brake to let the car go forward easily.

 Step 5. Find the grip and move straight smoothly.

 Lay off the gas, or it will skid or spin again. Throttle it slowly and choose the most grip on the road. With the car under control, just pull over and calm down. You have done the "The Scandinavian Flick" and not collide with any car! Whew.

Remember this is a last-ditch move! Nothing fancy, but something like the "Scandinavian Flick" drift might save a life. Never use it, unless an emergency forces a demand to execute it. Makes getting away from a bad spin easy, but not recommended!

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