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How to stop a Car with no Brakes

Driving a car is one of the most dangerous activities we frequently do on a daily basis on Planet Earth. Have you ever considered what you would do if your brakes fail? Here is a quick Survival Guide:


Begin pumping the break and keep pumping it
You may be able to build up enough pressure in the braking system to slow down a bit, or even stop completely. If you have anti-lock brakes, you do not need to pump-up, but if your brakes have failed, this may work.

Do not panic-relax and steer the car smoothly
Cars will often safely corner at speeds much higher than you realize or are used to driving. The rear of the car may slip; steer evenly, being careful not to over-correct. Shift the car into the lowest gear possible and let the engine and transmission slow you down.

Pull the emergency brake-but not too hard
Pulling too hard on the emergency brake will cause the rear wheels to lock, and the car to spin around. Use even, constant pressure. In most cars the emergency brake (also known as the hand-brake or parking-brake) is capable and serves as a fail-safe brake that should still work even when the rest of the braking system has failed. The car should still work even when the rest of the braking system has failed. The car should slow down and in combination with the lower gear, will eventually stop.

If you are running out of room, try a "bootlegger's turn"
Yank the emergency brake hard while turning the wheel a carter turn in either direction-whichever is safer. This will make the car spin 180 degrees. If you were heading downhill, this spin will head you back uphill, allowing you to slow down.

If you have room, swerve the car back and forth across the road
Making hard turns at each side of the road will decrease your speed even more.

If you come up behind another car, use it to help you stop
Blow your horn, flash your lights and try to get the driver's attention. If you hit the car, be sure to hit it square, bumper to bumper, so you do not knock the other car off the road. This is an extremely dangerous maneuver: It works best if the vehicle in front of you is larger than yours-a bus or truck is ideal and if both vehicles are traveling at similar speeds. You do not want to crash into a much slower-moving or stopped vehicle however.

Look for something to help you stop it
A flat or uphill road that intersects with the road you are on, a field, or a fence will slow you further but not stop you suddenly. Scrapping the side of your car against a guardrail is another option. Avoid trees and wooden telephone poles: They do not yield as readily.

Do not attempt to side-wipe oncoming cars
If any of the above steps has enabled you to stop and you are about to go over a cliff, try to hit something that will slow you down before you go over.

This strategy will also leave a clue to others that someone has gone over the edge. But since very few cliffs are sheer drops, you may fail just several feet and then stop.
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