How to control your car during brake failure
Brake failure could be caused by loss of brake fluid, driving through water or some mechanical problems. But whatever the case, here are tips on how you can control your vehicle in such situations.
One of the scariest things that can happen to anyone while driving is losing control of the vehicle as a result of brake failure. At that point, your life is practically flashing before your eyes and you are also trying to gain control of the car. But it's also important to note that brake failure isn't a death sentence, and there are things to do when you find yourself in such a situation.
Brake failure could be caused by loss of brake fluid, driving through water or some mechanical problems. But whatever the case, here are tips on how to control your car in case of a brake failure from Naijacarnews!
1. Get out of the way
Once you notice your brakes aren't applying, try to get out of the way for other vehicles. Many drivers usually run into traffic, looking some wedge to reduce or halt their acceleration. But this can be fatal to other road users. So get out of the way, and use your lights and hands from the window to indicate to oncoming traffic what's going on. Find some space close to the shoulder of the road. That way you can brush on the shoulder without knocking down any object or person.
How to react to brake failure on road
2. Pump the brakes as much as possible
Once you notice the brake failure, step on the brake consistently and then push it t the limit. It might not have so much effect, but a little brake is better than no brakes at all. If the brake pedal feels stiff the try and move the mat beneath or any clog and try again.
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3. Indicate the issue to oncoming drivers
It's only right that other drives notice that you're facing difficulties. Put on your hazard lights and keep the car horns blaring. Possibly use your hands too to signify. This way they'll clear the road to leave you some space. But please do not ram into any vehicle in order to come to a halt.
Avoid any vehicle along the way
4. Use the lower gears
If you drive a manual car for instance, you would notice that gears 1 and 2 somewhat lowers the car speed as compared to higher gear numbers. This is known as mechanical and engine resistance. There's a form of engine braking done by simply lowering your gears carefully to lose some speed. For an automatic transmission vehicle, change the gears to L. This way the speed is reduced.
For manuals, keep lowering the gears as the revs reduce, so you don't over rev the engine. The car won't completely come to a stop but it would go as low as 10km per hour. Also, do not shift your gear to reverse all of a sudden as it might damage your gear box and even cause the vehicle to somersault.
5. Turn on all electronic gadgets in the car
Then on your air conditioning to the coldest and possibly your lights and stereo. This consumes a lot of power and also drags the alternator which assists in acceleration. This way the speed is reduced as well.
Finally, some cars come with electric brake buttons that decelerate the vehicle when pushed for some seconds. You can use this to slow down the vehicle. That said, always endeavour to get your brakes checked constantly and drive safely to avoid brake failure.
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