Emergency Driving – What To Do In Case Of Brake Failure
April 03, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Newer vehicles have a split braking system which makes it less likely to have a total brake failure. If the brake warning light turns on, you might still have braking in two of the car’s wheels, probably one rear and one front wheel. It won’t work as fast, but the partial braking system will allow you to stop your vehicle and call for help. Be aware that stopping distance will increase significantly.
If your brakes completely fail, you should:
- Shift to a low gear while you scan for a safe place to stop.
- Try Pumping the brakes several times in quick succession as this might build adequate brake pressure to slow your car.
- If pumping the brakes doesn’t work, apply the emergency/parking brake slowly. If your rear wheels lock up and start skidding, let off the emergency brake until the skidding stops.
- warn other road users by switching on your headlights and hazard lights and sounding your horn
- Keep your eyes on the road and steer your vehicle to a safe place off the road or steer into a road that’s going uphill.
- if you are travelling downhill and the vehicle is starting to lose control, try to scrape against something on the side of the road, such as a safety rail, a bank or the kerb.
Once your vehicle stops, call for assistance. Don’t drive it again until it’s fixed.