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Date registered: Aug 2009
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ESP failed to stabalize car
Last night I was driving in rain on the open road doing just under 120km/h. The road was quiet, visibility was good and no potholes in the road as well so I reckon that I wasn't driving at an insane speed giving the road and weather conditions.
When the road made a slight turn, I was noticing that the car's rear end started to skid slightly. I started to brake ligthly to reduce speed as I figured that the road was probably abnormally slippery due to the rain and that's when things went from bad to worse.
The car started to swerve sideways from left to right. I started to brake harder and tried to regain control over the steering wheel but the car just swerved more violently from left to right. I then decided to brake as hard as I can and try to keep the car on the road but it did not help at all. The car spin around a few times and eventually came to a halt on the side of the road in the mud.
What frightened me the most from the whole ordeal is that I noticed that the ESP did not even come on once during the skid. Isn't ESP suppose to prevent exactly this from happening?
I know the ESP is working because shortly after that we were driving on a muddy road to a friends house and the ESP came on almost constantly to regain traction in the mud.
The car is a 2004 C-class.