When driving, one of the scariest things to think about is your brakes failing at any given moment in time. Whether it happens or not, it is terrifying to think about. While you hope it never happens to you, it's always best to be prepared for anything and everything. Here are a few steps that you need to remember to take if your brakes ever go out on you while driving:
- Try Them Again – Give your brakes another go and see if they were just being “silly” that first time around. Some vehicles have a dual braking system, which will control the front and back brakes separately. For all braking ability to be lost, both parts of your braking system would have needed to fail. If you only lost half the power, you're still in danger, but you're also in luck. You just need to apply stronger and more consistent pressure to the break pedal to get the car to slow down and stop.
- Reduce Your Speed – If your primary brakes are not working, then you need to use your emergency break. However, it will take you longer to slow down and you need to pull up on it slowly rather than quickly so as to avoid spinning. In addition, you can keep your foot off the gas pedal so that you can manually move into lower gears (manual transmission) or so that your car can actually move into lower gears as it begins to come to a halt (automatic transmission). If this doesn't work, look for other possible ways to slow your car down, such as a shoulder with road bumps or a concrete curb.
- Get Out of Traffic – As you are slowing your vehicle down, make sure to get the car as close to the shoulder and off the road as possible. Make sure you're using your turn signals and pay close attention to any traffic around you. Don't forget to turn on your hazard lights once you safely get away from the traffic.
- Leave the Car Running – Never turn the engine off while you are trying to slow your vehicle down and get to safety. This is because once the engine is shut off, the power to your steering is cut off, which will make it hard for you to maneuver. In some cases, the steering wheel could lock, which can be very dangerous. Don't turn your car off until you're out of traffic.
- Call AA Auto Tech – Once you are off to the side of the road and safe, you need to call a tow truck. In some cases, you may be able to call a brakes shop who can repair your brakes and send a tow truck to get you. If you don't have an auto repair shop on speed dial, a tow truck can take you to one.
Hopefully, you will never find yourself in such a situation. If you do, you'll be prepared. Ultimately, it is always better to maintain service on your vehicle so that this problem can be avoided from the get-go. Contact us for brake repair at AA Auto Tech in Hastings, MN.