Driving Emergency: What to Do If Your Brake Fails?

Bad breaks are one of the most serious and most common mechanical problems that cause car accidents. They are often attributed to wear-down brake pads, leaking brake fluid lines, and malfunctioning ABS systems.

Servicing your car regularly will help you avoid them, but if bad luck chooses you to have brake failure while on a busy road, remember to do these:


  1. Relax and don’t panic. A clear head will help you get through this terrifying experience. Panicking will only make the matter worse for you.

  1. Hit the brakes again. Most vehicles today have a dual braking system that controls the front and rear brakes separately. This means that even if one brake system fails, half of it is probably still working – and this might be enough to put your car to a halt.


  1. Reduce your speed. Every vehicle is equipped with an emergency braking system that is separate from the main braking system. You can use this to reduce your speed and stop your vehicle – although this will take longer and will require some effort.

Another way to slow down your car is by lifting your foot off the accelerator and down shifting the gear. Doing so will allow the engine to slow down your vehicle.

  1. Try to get your car off the road. Minimize your risk of getting hit or hitting another vehicle by working your way out of the traffic. Turn your hazard lights on to alert other motorists and then concentrate on getting your car safely into the right lane or slow lane. Then from there, move off the road onto the shoulder or somewhere safe, such as parking lot, or any vacant space, and use your emergency brake to slow your car down. If the brake doesn’t work, drag your wheels against the curb to speed down your vehicle, or drive onto a soft shoulder where you can have a gentle stop.


Having a brake failure can be a terrifying experience. So, keep these tips in mind to avoid serious accident and save life.

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