When car mechanical operation is overlooked for a while, brake failure, especially when it occurs in the middle of driving, is a major safety risk, and one that unfortunately can occur suddenly. Today, we at Citywide Towing Service would like to offer some safety tips on how to handle the sudden brake failure when driving.
What to Do if the Brakes in Your Car Fail?
Stay Calm. To keep you and those around you safe, be certain to stay even keeled and try not to panic, this is vital. You can act well under pressure by staying safe. In order to get it safely off the highway or road, just breathe deeply and try to be aware of your surroundings and regain as much control of your vehicle as you can.
Keep the Vehicle On. Even if it seems like a good idea to slow it down, do not turn your vehicle off, this can cause it to skid further by disabling your steering or even fully locking your steering. In order to cause you to have less control of your vehicle. Until you are fully stopped, keep the engine running. To bring it safely to the side of the road, keeping your car on will make it easier.
Activate Hazard Lights. Especially at night, turn on your hazard lights to let other drivers on the road know you are broken down. Also honk the horn to warn the people around you to steer away from you if there are people around you.
Downshift. Do not downshift to the 1st gear of the car at once, as this can cause skidding, instead try to downshift your car gradually, one gear at a time. Removing your foot from the accelerator will help it shift if your car is automatic. This will help you get your car to a safe distance where you can safely activate the emergency brakes.
Attempt Brakes Again. See if you can get at least one half of your dual brakes to slow the car down by applying steady and hard pressure on the brake pedal. Keep in mind, sometimes, only one half of the brakes have failed. Just brake steadily and firmly, being careful not to press too hard.
Apply Emergency Brake Carefully. In order to keep as much control of the car as possible, emergency brakes will slowly slow down your vehicle, and they must be engaged carefully since they are separate from the normal hydraulic based braking system you’re used to. In order to slow your vehicle down, they will take longer.
Call for Aid. Call your trusty towing provider like the expert roadside assistance team here at Citywide Towing Service for rapid assistance and instant, convenient solutions, once your car is in a safe area, fully stopped, or off the road.
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