What things you can do if you suddenly lose control of your vehicle breaks
Even though we have seen on movies how speeding cars lose control of brakes have you ever imagined how would you react if it happens to you? Most of us drive at maximum speed with total faith in our brake system. We take sharp bends travelling at high speed and use brakes just within close range of something ahead of us because we trust our brake system. What if the brakes of your vehicle suddenly stop functioning? What can you possibly do to avoid a possible collision or accident?
Release gas pedal and switch off cruise control
If you have cruise control instantly switch it off after releasing gas pedal or accelerator. Even though touching the brake pedal or clutch instantly switches off cruise control, it is safer to switch cruise control off
Pay attention on how you feel the brake pedal on your foot. If the brake pedal slowly goes down and knocks on the floor then it means your brake oil has reduced or there is a leak. It could also be a defect on master cylinder, calipers or drums. In this type of scenario you can pump your brake by quickly pressing the brake pedal down and releasing it for few times
Switch to a low gear
You can also slow down your vehicle by switching to a low gear. But never make the mistake of shifting from top gear to the first. This is because you can end up losing control of your vehicle. Downshift your gears one by one in order to avoid losing control.
Use emergency brakes (hand brakes)
By using your handbrake the rear wheels get locked. This would not stop your vehicle at once it would certainly help to slow it down successfully within a short distance. Since pulling the handbrake at once can cause your vehicle to lose control at high speed or the handbrake cable to break, pull it a little and release it and pull it a little again so that gradually the vehicle comes to a halt.
Drive side to side
By turning the steering wheel side to side it applies a friction upon the tires. This leads to reducing the speed of vehicle. If the traffic is low on a wider road you can turn your vehicle more from side to side to cause greater friction on tires.
Be attentive while driving
If your brakes are giving trouble then immediately switch on the hazard lights. You can also use your headlights by blinking them constantly. Alternatively use your horn to let the pedestrians and other vehicles on the road get to know that your vehicle is losing control. Turn to roads with less traffic as much possible to avoid collisions or accidents.