There are few things that will spark terror in your mind more than losing all braking power while behind the wheel of a two-ton vehicle. It doesn’t have to be that way though. With some quick thinking, you can safely maneuver out of traffic and out of harm. We here at Wantagh Mazda have some tips on what to do if your brakes fail!
Don’t Panic: Keep a cool head. It will allow you to think clearer and faster, meaning you’re less likely to be involved in an accident. While panicking is the immediate reaction, take a deep breath and turn on your hazard lights instead of making a beeline for the side of the road.
Try the Brakes Again: Most modern cars come with a dual braking system, which means the front and rear brakes act independently of one another. To lose all braking power, both systems would have to fail. That’s highly unlikely, so try putting strong, consistent pressure on the brake pedal to see if you can slow down.
Leave the Car Running: Whatever you do, do not take the key out of the ignition until you’ve come to a complete stop. While turning off the engine will slow the car, you’ll also lose power steering, making it more difficult to maneuver.
It’s no secret China has one of the fastest growing automotive markets in the world. Although somewhat slow in the first half of 2015, that hasn’t stopped Mazda from pulling ahead of the pack. Japan’s fifth-largest automaker has found its sporty designs are hitting home with the newest class of drivers.
China’s car sales grew 1.4% in the first six months of 2015, the lowest in six years. Meanwhile, Mazda’s China sales saw the best first half ever with a 17% increase. The sporty CX-5 SUV and Axela and Atenza sedans boosted sales dramatically.
“Other cars are either too round or stocky, but the CX-5 has more of a flowing character,” said Xu Duo, 27, who bought Mazda’s sport utility vehicle last year.
Yale Zhang, the head of Automotive Foresight, believes the “German myth,” which states that German brands are better than all others, is being broken.
Rather than aiming to take control of more market share, Mazda is focusing on its branding instead. Too small to compete with the likes of General Motors and Ford, both of which are involved in a price war, Mazda isn’t offering discounts and cutting prices. Instead, the automaker is monitoring dealer inventories to ensure price stability.
We here at Wantagh Mazda are proud to offer sporty vehicles at competitive prices!