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Three things to do when your vehicle’s brakes fail

Three things to do when your vehicle’s brakes fail

Dispatcher Files In the unfortunate event of brake failure, try to remain calm and do the following: Downshift to a lower gear.  Pump the brake pedal fast and hard. This builds up brake fluid pressure.  Use the parking brake. Gradually apply the parking brake and be prepared for the car to skid. If none of

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In the unfortunate event of brake failure, try to remain calm and do the following:

  1. Downshift to a lower gear. 
  2. Pump the brake pedal fast and hard. This builds up brake fluid pressure. 
  3. Use the parking brake. Gradually apply the parking brake and be prepared for the car to skid.

If none of the brakes work, put the car into a lower gear and steer in a safe direction until the car completely rolls to a stop. Don’t turn the steering wheel too much but just enough to avoid obstacles. If you’re at highway speeds it may be advisable to run your car against the guard rail using friction to slow the car down. If you do this, come in at a shallow angle and gently rub the car against the rail. In order to warn other drivers that your brakes are out you can honk your horn and flash your lights.

If you have anti-lock brakes, you should practice sudden stops on both dry and wet pavement in a safe, off-street situation. When using anti-lock brakes the rule of thumb is to press the pedal all the way to the floor. You will feel a strong vibration in the pedal which is a sign that the ABS (anti-lock braking system) is working properly.

Reference: https://www.defensivedriving.com/safe-driver-resources/what-to-do-if-your-brakes-fail/#:~:text=If your brakes go out, you want to do three,is use the parking brake.

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