Driving EmergenciesPosted on Apr 03, 2017 by admin| Blog
Safe handling of driving emergencies requires special skills and knowledge.
Running off the road:
If your vehicle drifts onto the shoulder or if you’re forced off the road:
- Stay calm
- Remove your foot from the accelerator
- Check your mirror to make sure your lane is clear
- Look up the middle of your lane to ease back onto the road
A tire blowout can cause your vehicle to lose control. Do the following for a safe recovery:
- Grip the wheel firmly
- Remove your foot from the accelerator to slow down
- Signal and look for a safe place to pull off the road
- When you are under control and you have slowed down gently apply the brakes to stop your vehicle
Accelerator sticks to floorboard:
Press your foot firmly against the pedal and release. If this does not free the pedal
- Shift your vehicle into neutral
- Apply the brakes
- Pull off the road and stop. Once stopped, shift into park
Quickly pump the brake pedal 7-8 times to see if you can build up enough pressure to stop the vehicle. If this does not work:
- Shift into a lower gear
- Use your parking brake to stop the vehicle
If you suddenly lose steering:
- Ease off of the accelerator
- If you vehicle holds the lane, slow down and lightly apply the brakes
- If your vehicle is heading off the road or towards a another vehicle apply the brakes using maximum pressure
Author, Rich Heinrich,
Master Instructor, General Manager
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