Driving is always a part of your daily routine. While driving to school, work or even holidays, you will end up spending most of your time on roads. Do remember, there are instances where things do change in split seconds. A brake fail, tire blow out, a car ahead of you deviates from it’s path causing a jerk to you and your passengers and many more. You need to always be prepared to face such emergencies.
Blown Out Tires
This is a frequently occurring instance. Instead of sudden brakes in a situation where the vehicle is in speed, do the following:
- Keep the gas pedal squeezed for few seconds and release it slowly.
- Drive straight, do not take immediate turns until the vehicle slows down. When in speed, you tend to lose control over the vehicle when trying to take a turn.
- Gently take your car towards the hard shoulder, preferably on same side of blown out tire.
- When the car slows down, if necessary apply brakes lightly.
Failure of Brakes
When car brake fails, do not panic. Instead follow the below steps:
- Quickly pump the brakes trying to build up a residual pressure.
- Pull to lower gear. Due to friction and wind pressure, the car will slow down.
- Using hand brake would bring you vehicle to safe mode.
- Find some bushes, fence or even guard rails on road to rub your car against them to bring your vehicle to a halt.
Few situations where a bicyclist interrupts your way, a vehicle ahead of you meets with an accident or applies sudden brake, a pedestrian passes by, causing a sudden brake to your vehicle. You should know how to stop your vehicle quickly, yet safely. If you have anti lock brakes installed, then you can slam on it and hold to it until the car completely stops. Anti lock brakes helps in controlling the steering. If, you do not have the safety device installed then, gently squeeze brakes to ensure the wheels do not skid. Until the vehicle comes to halt, do not try to turn the wheel as brakes locked will block the steering and an attempt can make you to lose control over your vehicle.