Driving a car is for many a thrilling activity. We are so used to driving our two-ton, heavy, metal cars every day on our way to work, school, and other activities that it is almost second nature. So much of our daily driving is routine that we forget how dangerous it can become. There is nothing that can snap you back into cold, harsh reality more than pressing your brake pedal to discover it doesn’t work. This is where we will show you how to handle a brake failure while driving.
Keep in mind what NOT to DO
To stop a car safely without functioning brakes, it is important to keep calm pressure so that the vehicle can be controlled. Be aware of these factors.
Don’t panic. The safety of you and those around is at stake. So, take deep and stay focused.
Don’t downshift too quickly. You may need to downshift. However, you should not change from 4th to 1st at once. This could cause you not to control your vehicle.
Do not switch off the car. Skidding could result. You also have less control as the car will disable power steering and lock the steering column.
Never apply the emergency braking too fast. After downshifting and pressing the brake pedal, you will need to apply emergency braking. Aggressively pulling down the emergency brake may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
How to handle Brakes Failure
Keep your feet off the gas.
Turn your hazard lighting on (if time permits) and let others know that you are there. Even if you don’t explain your situation, they will know to steer clear.
Slowly decrease momentum by downshifting.
Apply the brakes hard and quickly. Modern vehicles are equipped with dual braking systems, which independently control the front- and back brakes. Pushing the brake pedal hard may be enough for half of the brakes engaged to bring you to an abrupt halt. If the two halves of this dual system fail, then it won’t work.
Carefully apply the emergency brake. Although it won’t bring your car to a complete halt, it will slow you down. You must engage it carefully to keep your vehicle in total control.
Optional Use guardrails. If you have to use your brakes to slow down and avoid unavoidable hazards, the divider or guardrail may be required. When it comes to it, your car is less important than your life.
Stay safe-Slow down the car. Turn to the right. While it may be comforting to stop, you put yourself and others in danger if your car is in the middle.
Be clear-headed, keep these steps in mind, and you’ll be safe on the roads! For more tips and information, see the driving lessons in Canberra to learn more about driving skills.