What to do if brakes fail
If you are a car driver and suddenly the brake fails while driving, then do not panic. With these tricks told by us, you can easily stop the vehicle and save your life and the lives of others.
First of all, keep yourself calm. People often get nervous in such situations. Introduce restraint during this time. If you panic, you will not be able to focus on the necessary methods to stop the car.
Control the car and use hazard lights
Try to control the car and immediately turn on the hazard lights. Use the horn to warn other people on the road. Hopefully, someone will understand your situation and avoid coming in the way of the vehicle.
Slow down and downshift
When your car is running at high speed, take your foot off the accelerator and slowly control the steering to avoid hitting the vehicle in front. As the speed slows down, slowly raise the handbrake. If you are driving a car with manual transmission, downshifting can be helpful in reducing the speed of your car.
Pump the brake pedal
Pump the brake pedal as quickly as possible. This may build up hydraulic pressure to partially engage the brakes and slow the car down.
Do not turn off the engine
Many people think that turning off the ignition of the car will solve the problem, but this is not the case. In case of brake failure, do not stop the engine of the car. Shutting off the engine will cause you to lose engine braking and control over the power steering. The steering wheel may also lock. Keep the engine running until the car stops.
- If the brakes fail while driving, stay calm and don’t panic.
- Turn on the hazard lights and use the horn to warn others.
- Slow down by taking your foot off the accelerator and control the steering.
- If driving a manual transmission car, downshift to reduce speed.
- Pump the brake pedal to build up hydraulic pressure.
- Do not turn off the engine as it will result in loss of control.
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