26 Dec 2020 Shakti Nath Jha
As we all know that the Brakes are a very important part of an automobile. The brakes and all the other components of the braking system of our car or any other vehicle should be absolutely perfect. There are mainly two types of brakes - Disc Brake and Drum Brake. In case you want to know what are the exact differences between a Disc Brake and a Drum Unit, you can click HERE. Also, it is worth mentioning that the brakes of the modern-day cars hardly fail. But, in case the brakes of your car fail, what will you do? The first and foremost thing you need to do is that do not panic and keep your focus on how to slow down and finally stop your vehicle by some alternate methods. So, today in this article, we will be listing for you the Top six steps that you need to follow if the Brakes of your car fail while driving.
The failure of the braking system of your car while driving is surely a very frightful situation to face, which often leads to a lot of panic, given that your safety is at a stake. However, while many of the car buyers do panic out in such a situation when the brakes of their car fail, there is a good systematic procedure, which if followed, can keep your safety intact and safely stop your vehicle. If you come to know that the brakes of your car have failed, then the complete focus of yours should be on how to reduce the speed of the vehicle and increase the friction of your car's wheels to the surface, in order to bring the car to a halt. So, following is a step-by-step procedure which should be followed in case if the brakes of your car fail:
Turn On The Parking Lights - Instead of panicking yourself, it is a better idea to indicate other drivers on the road that something is not right in your car. For that, the first and foremost thing one needs to do is to turn on the parking lights (hazard light), thus flashing both the turn indicators together.
Remove Your Foot Off From The Accelerator - Even a slight dab on the accelerator pedal will result in more amount of force on the accelerator, which will only increase the speed of your car. So, all you need to do is completely shut off your contact with the accelerator pedal and remove it to place on the brake pedal.
Shift Into The Lower Gear - As soon as you remove your right feet from the accelerator, to reduce the speed and increase the friction even further, shift down to a lower gear, in case you are driving a manual car. However, if you are driving an automatic car, all you need to do is to shift into the 'L' mode or into the 'M' mode (manual mode) and tap into the '-' sign, which results in downshifting to a lower gear.
Get Off The Road If Possible - To reduce the speed and then increase the friction from the surface even further, try to get down your vehicle from the smooth tarmac on the side of the road, which in most of the cases are loose surfaces of grass or sand. This also allows other drivers to drive past you safely.
Try Pumping The Brakes - After the previous step, try to keep on pumping the brake pedal, by pressing it all the way down to the floor constantly. There might be some pressure left, which can result in finally stopping off your car.
Pull Off The Handbrake - If the previous step fails, try to wait for a few more seconds till the vehicle slows down, and then pull up the handbrake. In most of the cases, the handbrakes are operational, even if the brakes do fail.
So, after reading all these pieces of stuff, now you know the Top six steps that you need to follow if the Brakes of your car fail while driving. But, before we end, let me remind you that in case you wanna know what are the exact components of a Disc Brake System, you can click HERE and in case you want to know the components of a Drum Brake System, you can click HERE. Have you faced any brake failure situation yet? Please do feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with all of us in the comments section below. You can also join our 91Wheels Auto Enthusiast Telegram group (click via mobile to join) curated exclusively for the fans, enthusiasts and the owners. Further, subscribe to our YouTube channel for more such amazing motoring updates.
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