Automotive Fleet has some new Fleet Safety tips for what to do if you or any of your drivers should experience brake failure unexpectedly. Pass these along to your drivers for safety’s sake!
If your brakes fail, do not panic. Simply follow these steps and find your way to a safe stop.
1.Pump the brake pedal rapidly and hard several times. This will often build up enough brake pressure to stop the car.
2. If #1 does not work, use the parking brake, but hold the brake release so you can let off the brake if the rear wheels lock and you begin to skid.
3. If the car still won’t stop, shift to a lower gear and look for a place to slow to a stop.
4. Make sure the vehicle is completely off the roadway, to the right if possible.
5. After the vehicle has stopped, wait for help. Do not try to drive the vehicle to a garage.
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