Would you know how to quickly and safely react if your tire suddenly blew out? What if your gas pedal got stuck?
These aren’t everyday incidents, but they’re not unheard of, either. And they can be extra stressful if you don’t know how to handle them.
Want to stay prepared? Here are a few ways to help keep yourself safe just in case the unexpected happens while you’re out on the road.
5 Driving Emergencies (and How to React)
A tire blows out.
Grip your steering wheel and gradually slow to a stop on the side of the road. Once you’re safe, check out the blown tire to decide if you can replace it with a spare or need to call for help.
An animal runs into the road.
Be especially alert to wildlife at dawn and dusk. Keep your high-beams on when possible to help you spot animals in the road. If an animal crosses the road, wait to see if there are more. If a collision is unavoidable, hit the brakes but stay in your lane — swerving can cause an accident.
The brakes stop working.
First, try pumping the brake pedal. If your vehicle still won’t slow down, shift into neutral or a lower gear or gently engage your parking brake. Another option is to nudge your car against an object like a guardrail or curb; its friction will slow you down. Your car will get damaged, but you may avoid a crash.
You start to hydroplane.
Resist the urge to hit the brakes. Instead, take your foot off the accelerator. Look and steer in the direction you want to go. If you’re still skidding, gently tap the brakes.
Your accelerator sticks.
The best way to handle a stuck accelerator is to put your car in neutral. It may make a loud noise at first, but will stop the acceleration and put your vehicle into a coast. You can then lightly pump your brakes and slow to a stop.
We hope everyone stays safe this season! Have questions about your coverage? Reach out anytime.