Driving Emergencies: Would You Know How To Act?

We never imagine that we’ll be at the centre of driving emergencies, but knowing how to react is essential in moments of crisis…

Your Engine Begins to Overheat

An overheated engine is one of the most costly faults that can occur in a vehicle. In fact, it often involves replacing the engine altogether; which can sometimes be more pricey than the overall value of the car itself! You’ll know your engine has overheated either from the heat itself or from smoke. Make sure to turn off your air con as this can place additional strain on the engine. Instead, turn on the heater as it’ll remove excess heat. When it’s safe to do so, pull over. Gently rev the engine as this will get the fan and water pump to work faster. Also, open up the car’s bonnet to let out heat; just be careful, as the heat can burst out.

Your Brakes Fail 

There’s probably nothing scarier whilst driving than experiencing a brake failure; especially whilst travelling at speed. It usually occurs when your brake pads are worn to excess or if the system overheats. The first thing you should do is pump the brake pedal and feel for a response. If this doesn’t work, shift the gear stick into neutral as this will help slow you down. If you’re in a built-up area, such as a city, you should instead apply the handbrake; just brace yourself for the sudden stop.

A Tyre Experiences a Blowout

The best way to avoid a tyre blowout, and therefore driving emergencies, is to regularly check them over. Look for any sign of tearing or bulges. Also ensure that you have plenty of tread depth and that they possess the right air pressures. If worst comes to worst, you’ll hear a ‘thudding’ noise outside of your vehicle. In this instance, the best thing to do is very gently apply pressure to the accelerator; this will counter deceleration. Allow the vehicle to slow down and then safety find somewhere to pullover. Sudden movements can be disastrous, especially if a rear tyre is affected.

Your Steering Wheel Locks Up

Whilst this is one of the rarer driving emergencies, it can certainly be a frightening one. It’s usually caused by a manufacturer fault. You should try putting the car into neutral and then back into gear. This may reengage the steering. If it doesn’t, gently brake and bring the vehicle to a stop. Then apply your emergency lights and call for professional assistance.

Your Accelerator Becomes Jammed

Most drivers will have experienced this at some stage, usually by getting their foot or shoe stuck under the pedal; or by simply confusing the pedals. It can also be caused by ‘linkage’ problems, which literally involve the metal rod that connects the accelerator pedal to the engine. You should simply try to remove any obstruction if possible. If it isn’t, put your car into neutral as this will immediately kill off any acceleration and put the vehicle into coast mode. Finally, begin to brake and put on your hazard lights to warn other road-users.

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