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Driving Dangers: Responding to Unexpected Incidents (June 2016) << Back
 
This summer you might be headed out on a road trip to vacation at a state park or maybe just for a quick visit to the in-laws. But if you lose your brakes, blow a tire or experience another unusual (but not unheard of) problem, you could be headed for trouble.
 
So, let’s take a look at four situations you might face and some general guidance that may help you reach your destination safely:
 
1. The brakes go out
  Your primary concern, of course, is to work your way over to the shoulder and stop the vehicle. To do so, try to downshift smoothly through the gears, which should slow down the car. Once you’re off the road, try the emergency brake and, if needed, roll into something that will help bring you to a stop while going at a low speed. Always avoid high-speed collisions, if at all possible.
   
2. The accelerator sticks
  Quick action may help you get things under control here. Shift into neutral, which will stop the engine from powering the wheels. Doing this allows you to retain power steering and braking ability, so you can better control the car. You can try turning off the car (which will certainly slow it down), but it will be harder to control without power.
   
3. A tire blows
  The National Safety Commission advises drivers not to slam on the brakes. The car will want to veer toward the side of the bad tire, and braking can make it veer even more. Instead, concentrate on steering to the side of the road as you slow down gradually.
   
4. An animal jumps into the road
  There are more than a million collisions between vehicles and wildlife each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Be mindful whenever you’re driving, especially around dawn and dusk. If you encounter any type of animal in the road, hit your brakes and sound your horn. Try not to swerve — serious injuries and fatalities often occur when cars make extreme maneuvers to avoid animals.
   
We hope you never encounter any of these situations. But, if you do, keep your cool and respond safely. If something does happen, you know the staff at AHTKY will be there to help you through it!
   
   
   
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