There are a dozen things that go through a driver’s mind when their brakes won’t work. Most of them are the wrong reaction: panic. Unlike many movies, a failed braking system doesn’t mean certain death or even a car accident. In fact, you can get out of the situation perfectly safe if you react correctly. We here at Watters Autoland know just what to do if your brakes fail!
- Stay Calm In a dangerous situation, nothing is worse than panicking. Panicking stops you from thinking clearly; you’re more likely to do something that could get someone hurt. If you remain calm, you’ll be able to look at the situation clearer and react accordingly.
- Don’t Turn Off the Car Turning off the car will cut power to the engine but it will also leave you without power steering. When you’re already having enough trouble avoiding other drivers, the last thing you want to do is make steering more difficult. Instead of turning off the car, slowly work your way out of traffic and to the side of the road. Once stopped, turn off the car and take the key out of the ignition.
- Try the Brakes Again Most modern cars carry a dual braking system. This means that both the front and rear brakes would have to fail to completely lose braking power. Apply strong, consistent pressure to try and slow your vehicle.