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.