What to Do When You Suddenly Lose Control of Your Car

21st November 2018

Even if you’re a great driver, you can still find yourself in an emergency on the road. Unfortunately, most people tend to act on panicked instinct, which can dramatically worsen an already bad situation.

Imagine, say, that your tire has just blown. Don’t stop! On the contrary, place your foot on the accelerator and slowly and gradually speed up. This will counter the deceleration from the blowout. A bit later, let your car slow down, then carefully pull over. Most people, when faced with a blown tire, tend to get off the road as fast as they can. But if the damaged tire is a rear one, turning at a high speed or breaking abruptly may lead to a crash or some serious problems with the car in the future. That’s why it’s better to know ahead of time how to deal with the most common driving emergencies!

TIMESTAMPS:
Your brakes have failed 0:45
Your engine has overheated while you’re stuck in traffic 2:14
Your car has started to fishtail 3:08
Your car is skidding out of control 4:04
Your steering wheel has locked up 5:00
You’ve blown a tire 5:44
Your car has fallen into water and is sinking 6:28

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SUMMARY:
– If you suddenly realize that your brakes aren’t functioning, don’t panic! First of all, make sure that all your passengers are buckled up. After that, turn on your emergency lights to inform other drivers that something’s wrong with your car.
– Your car may start to overheat if it has a problem with its drivetrain or the cooling system. Cranking up the heat may be the next best thing to do. This will let some of the engine heat escape by sending it into the interior of the car.
– If your car has started to fishtail, DO NOT hit the brakes! Instead, place your foot on the accelerator and look straight in the direction where you want to go.
– Most often, a car starts to skid when its front wheels lose traction. When braking, too much weight gets transferred to the front of the car. That’s why the best course of action is to avoid accelerating.
– If you can’t turn your steering wheel, shift into neutral and then go back into drive. Chances are that your car has a special switch in its transmission that prevents the wheel from turning if the car isn’t in drive.
– The first thing you should do after your car has hit the water is to unbuckle your seatbelt. Do not open the doors. Roll down the windows instead. The thing is that it’s too hard to open the door of a sinking car due to the water pressure outside of it.

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