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Sliding is scary. Change your tires before it's too late.

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Some info: My car has ~23,000 miles on what I'm assuming are the factory tires (I bought my car used). I drive pretty aggressively sometimes (mostly because I'm not very smart and because those roads are fun) and lately I realized my car started sliding on the sharper turns. Traction Control obviously kicked in and I assumed I was just going too fast (~50mph on sharp forest turns, I know, I'm dumb) so I just drove a bit slower the rest of the way. At my destination I checked the tires and the front looked fine, but the rear was getting close to the wear indicators. I read some posts on the forum about when everyone else changed their tires and realized I'm at about the average mileage. Next day I had to go back to the store which gave me the chance to go on the same roads and see if the sliding was just me or the car. I went ~40mph and it still slid a little even though I purposefully drove smoother and slower than before. Next day, I drove on that road just to see if the tires are gone. I went 30mph, and on the sharp turn the entire car slid to ~30 degree angle and slid all the way outside, almost hitting the guard rail. I drove back on the highway to avoid my stupid habit of speeding so much. Cut to last night, when my habit kicked in (I need to stop) and I nearly ended up rear-ending another car (wasn't paying attention and slammed on the brakes), the guard rail (same as last time), and coming back nearly got t-boned. It slid all the way into another lane and traction control kicked it back into the proper lane.

It seems ridiculous to me that the traction drop-off could be that severe, or maybe it's just me being a bad driver, but either way I am getting new tires soon. I have since stopped driving my car on any of the "fun" roads, at least until I get new tires. These experiences were eye-opening that I seriously need to change the way I drive before something bad happens. I will take this as a personal PSA and I seriously hope nobody else drives this dangerously on public roads.
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The tires are factory sized (165 front 195 rear) but I have 20mm spacers in front, if that affects it at all. If I can't get tires before next week I might remove the spacers.
I do seriously need track experience or something similar but there are literally no track days that I can go to near me.
The most likely problem is honestly me. I don't have much experience driving in general (only ~1.5 years currently), and I'm not driving as "safe" as I really should.

The back of the car still feels "floaty" for some reason. Maybe lower rear psi might help? I recently upped the psi back to stock levels and maybe I'm not used to it?
They actually are factory sized. Sticker behind the door and research on the internet both say that is the correct size for a 2015 passion.
Also I am planning on getting an alignment and balancing after getting the new tires. I found out the wheel are balanced poorly and I should get an alignment anyways even though nothing feels off.
Also I lowered the psi on all the tires. Front at 27 psi and rear at 32 psi from 29 and 36, respectively. The car felt a lot less "floaty".
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