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Braking Around A Corner

When you brake, weight is transferred forwards from the back wheels to the front. In a corner, weight is transferred from the inside wheels to the outside, and designers adjust the front and rear spring stiffness to give the handling balance they want.

Try braking hard and cornering at the same time and it will be very easy to lock the inside rear wheel and start a spin. Even suddenly removing power from a front-wheel-drive car in mid-corner can be enough to start a spin.

It is possible to brake gently in a corner and not lose control, but if you meet an emergency in mid-corner and brake hard, loss of control is much more likely than if you were braking in a straight line. It is safer to brake before the corner than half-way round it.

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