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How To Handle On-Road Emergencies

23 Aug How To Handle On-Road Emergencies

You can concentrate all you want on the road and, despite your best intentions, can still find yourself in a sudden driving emergency.

You have to think fast in these situations so we have put together some survival skills to help you cope a little better on the road.

The Car Skids Out Of Control

There are many road hazards that cause skidding. A thin layer of water can send you sliding if you hit it while turning a corner.

What should you do?

Say you run into a slick patch of road, and your car starts sliding so that the driver’s side angles toward the road ahead. Look and steer toward the place you want your car to go, as though you were leading yourself back onto your proper course.

Just don’t hit your brakes at once. Skidding is usually caused by your front wheels losing grip. Brake suddenly and you’ll transfer too much weight to the front of your vehicle too quickly.

Instead, just take your foot off the accelerator. If you don’t regain control, gently tap the brake pedal to help your front tyres grip the road.

Your Engine Overheats In Heavy Traffic

What should you do?

This often means there’s a problem with your car’s cooling system. Usually you can just pull over and let it cool down, but if you’re stuck in traffic, crank your car’s heater to allow some of that engine heat to escape into your car’s interior.

This won’t be comfortable for your passengers, but it will buy you a little more time to get off the road, Once you’ve pulled over, give your engine at least 30 minutes to cool off before checking or replacing fluids.

Your Brakes Fail

This usually happens when your brake pads wear out completely, or overheat to the point that you lose all braking ability.

What should you do?

Keep pumping your brake pedal. Your brakes may have simply lost all pressure, and pumping may give you enough to slow down. If that doesn’t work, down shift or shift into neutral gear. You will slowly lose speed until you come to a stop.

If all else fails, rub up against something, like a curb to slow your speed. It’s going to mess your car up, but it’s better than hitting a vehicle or something else head on. If you’ve recently noticed your brakes screeching, have your pads changed. Visit Argus Motor Company for a wide range of brake pads.

Burst Tyres

What should you do?

Burst tyres are dangerous. You can drive on the tyre very slowly to a safe place but do not attempt to go any further than is absolutely necessary. Front type punctures will cause the car to pull heavily to one side. Steer firmly to correct the pull. When it’s a rear tyre blow-out, your car tends to weave about. The best action is to hold the steering wheel firmly and let the car slow down by itself.

Repairable punctures can turn into irreparable tyres if you drive on them. Contact Argus Motor Company to find out about tyre repair kits to keep in your vehicle to help you deal with any emergency.