Imagine driving down the highway during rush hour only to find that your brakes don’t work. That can be absolutely horrifying but there are measures you can take to ensure your safety and the safety of other drivers. While we here at Kia of Augusta hope you never find yourself in this situation, it’s always good to be prepared. Here’s what you should do if your car’s brakes fail.
- Remain Calm. Keeping a clear head is vital to getting out of traffic unharmed. If you don’t panic, you’ll be able to do small things that will be a massive help, like remembering to turn on your emergency lights.
- Leave Your Engine On. Turning off your engine may sound like a great idea to slow down but it won’t help in the grand scheme. Without power, you have no power steering, meaning it will be much more difficult to navigate to the side of the road.
- Try the Brakes Again. Modern vehicles have a dual braking system in which the front and rear brakes are independent. You aren’t without braking power if at least one of the systems is working. Try putting strong, consistent pressure on the brake pedal to slow down.