What To Do If Your Vehicle’s Brake Fails While Driving?
There is no doubt that brake failure is a frightening situation. Things are going fine, until you realize you can’t stop your moving car. In many situations this terrifying realize is accompanied with accidents, and even death. Fortunately, it is possible to safely stop your car without the use of working brakes. Prepare yourself for such a situation by familiarizing yourself with some tips to help you stop as safely as possible.
1. First of all, don’t panic. It is very important to remain calm; otherwise you will surely end up hitting someone or the other. Remember a terrified mind can hardly think of something constructive.
2. Make sure to warn the pedestrians as well as the other drivers. Use your horn to let the other people know there is a problem. Honking loudly and frequently will mostly make the other people steer clear of your car. At the same time, make sure that you have turned your hazard lights on. Your hazard lights will tell other drivers to proceed with caution and pay attention to what your vehicle is doing. Your hazard light button should be somewhere on your dashboard, and the symbol for them is triangle.
3. The next step will be to take your foot off the gas and pump your brakes. This is because at times, pumping the brakes vigorously, and a number of times, rebuilds enough pressure in the braking system to help you stop the car. Make sure to do this for considerable period of time. If your car has an anti-braking system (ABS), just press down hard on the foot pedal. Your car’s ABS should automatically pump the brakes for you.
4. If your foot brake fails, you can shift your car to a lower gear to make use of engine braking. This occurs when retarding forces in your engine are used to naturally slow a vehicle down. For automatic vehicles, simply shift your gear from Drive to the lowest possible gear (usually labelled “1 or L” on your gear box). For manual cars, simply lower your gears like you normally would. Remember not to downshift too quickly as this might cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
5. Another way to stop your vehicle when the brakes fail, is the use of your emergency brake. This is exactly the kind of situation your emergency break is designed for. The emergency braking system is separate from the main, hydraulic brake system, and it may help stop the vehicle. As you engage the emergency brake, keep the release button pressed down so that you can manage the pressure. Gently apply the emergency brake for a slow stop.The reason slowing down is recommended first is because using your emergency brake at high speeds can cause you to lose control.
6. If you are unable to slow down or stop your vehicle, you may need to crash your car to stop the vehicle. If there are shrubs, bushes, tall grass, or sand those can slow your car down. Make sure to avoid trees, objects, or other vehicles.
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