Buick Encore: Driving Information / Loss of Control

Buick Encore 2020-2022 Owner's Manual / Driving and Operating / Driving Information / Loss of Control

Skidding

There are three types of skids that correspond to the vehicle's three control systems:

  • Braking Skid — wheels are not rolling.
  • Steering or Cornering Skid — too much speed or steering in a curve causes tires to slip and lose cornering force.
  • Acceleration Skid — too much throttle causes the driving wheels to spin.

Defensive drivers avoid most skids by taking reasonable care suited to existing conditions, and by not overdriving those conditions. But skids are always possible.

If the vehicle starts to slide, follow these suggestions:

  • Ease your foot off the accelerator pedal and steer the way you want the vehicle to go. The vehicle may straighten out. Be ready for a second skid if it occurs.
  • Slow down and adjust your driving according to weather conditions. Stopping distance can be longer and vehicle control can be affected when traction is reduced by water, snow, ice, gravel, or other material on the road. Learn to recognize warning clues — such as enough water, ice, or packed snow on the road to make a mirrored surface — and slow down when you have any doubt.
  • Try to avoid sudden steering, acceleration, or braking, including reducing vehicle speed by shifting to a lower gear. Any sudden changes could cause the tires to slide.

Remember: Antilock brakes help avoid only the braking skid.

    Off-Road Recovery

    The vehicle's right wheels can drop off the edge of a road onto the shoulder while driving. Follow these tips: Ease off the accelerator and then, if there is nothing in the way, steer the vehicle so that it straddles the edge of the pavement...

    Driving on Wet Roads

    Rain and wet roads can reduce vehicle traction and affect your ability to stop and accelerate. Always drive slower in these types of driving conditions and avoid driving through large puddles and deep-standing or flowing water...

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    Buick Encore 2020-2022 Owner's Manual: Radio Reception


    Unplug electronic devices from the accessory power outlets if there is interference or static in the radio. FM FM signals only reach about 16 to 65 km (10 to 40 mi). Although the radio has a built-in electronic circuit that automatically works to reduce interference, some static can occur, especially around tall buildings or hills, causing the sound to fade in and out...

    Buick Encore 2020-2022 Owner's Manual: Engine Heater


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    Steering Wheel Adjustment

    Buick Encore. Steering Wheel Adjustment

    To adjust the steering wheel:

    Pull the lever down. Move the steering wheel up or down. Pull or push the steering wheel closer or away from you. Lift the lever up to lock the steering wheel in place.

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