Especially when it occurs in the middle of driving, brake failure a major safety risk, and one that unfortunately can occur suddenly, particularly when routine maintenance is overlooked. How to handle the sudden brake failure when driving is something we at Citywide Towing Service would like to offer some safety tips on today.
Remain Calm in the Event of Brake Failure
For you and anyone else around, safety is the priority. It is critical to stay even keeled and try not to panic. Only when you are calm can you act well under pressure. Just breathe deeply and try to be aware of your surroundings and regain as much control of your vehicle as you can in order to get it safely off the highway or road.
How Do You Deal with Brake Failure While Driving?
1) Allow the Vehicle On. Since this can cause it to skid further by disabling your steering or even fully locking your steering, do not turn your vehicle even if it seems like a good idea to slow it down. Otherwise, you to have less control of your vehicle. Keep the engine running until you are fully stopped. Keeping the engine running will help you bring it safely to the side of the road, and also do it easier.
2) Hazard Light Activation. Turn on your hazard lights to let other drivers on the road know you are broken down, particularly at night. If there are people around you, honk the horn to warn the people around you to steer away from you as well.
3) Downshift. Because this can cause skidding, do not downshift to the 1st gear of the car at once, instead try to downshift your car gradually, one gear at a time. If your car is automatic, remove your foot from the accelerator will help it shift. This will help you get your car to a safe distance where you can safely activate the emergency brakes.
4) Try Braking Again. By applying steady and hard pressure on the brake pedal, you can see if you can get at least one half of your dual brakes to slow the car down. Sometimes only one half of the brakes have failed. While being careful not to press too hard, just brake steadily and firmly.
5) Cautiously and Carefully Apply Emergency Brake. Since they are separate from the normal hydraulic based braking system you are used to, the emergency brakes will slowly slow down your vehicle, and they must be engaged carefully in order to keep as much control of the car as possible. They will take longer to slow your vehicle down.
6) Call a Professional. Once your car is in a safe area, fully stopped, or off the road, call your trusty towing provider like the expert roadside assistance team here at Citywide Towing for rapid assistance and instant, convenient solutions.
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