Being unable to stop a two ton moving vehicle is a scary thing, but it doesn’t have to be so frightening. By remaining calm, you can greatly increase your chances of making it out of traffic and rolling to a stop on the side of the road. While it isn’t an ideal situation, you should still know what to do without brakes, and we here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet have a few tips!
- Try the Brakes Again Most vehicles have a dual braking system where the rear and front brakes work independently. As a result, you would have to lose both systems to be unable to stop at all. Put strong, consistent pressure on the brake pedal. If all else fails, pull the emergency brake, which works separately from your usual braking system.
- Turn On Your Hazards Keeping a clear head is the most important thing when you’re in trouble on the road. Other drivers, however, don’t know you’re in trouble. To let them know, turn on your hazard/emergency lights. You’ll be given more space as you work your way to the side of the road.
- Stay Safe Once you’re out of traffic, don’t try to drive again. Having no brakes is no joke and makes you a threat to yourself and other drivers. Instead, wait for a friend or highway patrolman to arrive.