Steer, brake, or accelerate -- but don't do more than one at a time
Think of your car as a particularly attractive dance partner you want to impress. Be gentle, and for God's sake, don't try too much at once. You can steer, you can brake, or you can accelerate -- except for a few specialized track-only techniques, you should only do one at a time.
If you try turning while braking heavily, you’ll either not turn nearly as much as you need to (understeer), or you’ll start to spin (oversteer). You might not think this is a huge issue on your daily commute, but the moment conditions get slippery and your margin for error drops, it’s a pretty big deal.
Any abrupt command from you -- steering, braking, or accelerating -- can easily break traction. Sometimes that's a good thing on the track, but on the street, you always want to be careful, steady, and smooth in your actions. It's a good way to go through life.
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Aaron Miller is the Cars editor for Thrillist, and can be found on Twitter. He's serious about thinking everyone needs to get on a race track at least once to understand the importance of proper technique in daily driving.