It is completely necessary to not only be aware of your own driving, but of the driving of every person around you. Watch for cars that are swerving or changing lanes without a signal, as these are signs that you could be in danger. Traffic accidents are a very common occurrence across the nation, and the best thing for you to do is be aware that an accident can occur at any time. It is in your best interest to always be prepared for emergency driving situations. Here’s some best practice tips:
If your accelerator sticks:
Since the accelerator is your gas pedal, your vehicle may continue to move faster and faster. This is a very dangerous situation, and you will need to react quickly and try to remain calm in order to make it through the steps required to try to fix this problem.
- Make sure to keep your eyes on the road, and steer your vehicle in directions that will help you avoid danger.
- Make sure that your hazard lights are flashing, so that the cars driving around you will be alerted that something is wrong.
- Try to use the gas pedal to determine if that will cause it to become unstuck. You can tap the pedal, or attempt to lift it with your toes.
- Shift your vehicle to neutral immediately, and try to use the brakes if your pedal is still stuck. Doing this will cause the engine to race, but power will be removed from the wheels.
- Concentrate on the road, making sure to steer yourself away from anything dangerous, and pull over whenever you can stop the car.
- Keep your emergency hazard lights on.
If you have a tire blowout:
Thumping noises are sometimes an occurrence before a tire fully blows out, though you will usually not know ahead of time when a tire will blow out. In the event of a front tire blowout, your steering wheel will vibrate and you will feel the vehicle pull to one side.
In the event of a rear tire blowout, one corner of the vehicle will drop suddenly, and the rear of vehicle will wobble back and forth. In order to attempt to prevent tire blowout, always ensure that your tires are in good condition and are properly inflated.
When a tire blows out, this is what you should do:
- Hold a firm grasp on your steering wheel.
- Do not use your brakes. If you do, this may mean your vehicle will skid and you will lose control.
- Slowly take your foot off of the gas pedal.
- Smoothly steer in the direction you want to go. Jerking the steering wheel in a direction will put you in danger.
You can ride on a flat tire as long as you need to in order to find a safe place to pull over and stop your vehicle. Press your brakes gently if you must use them. Let your vehicle slow to a stop, and make sure it is fully off the road before you change your tire.