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Even if you’re a great driver, you can still find yourself in an emergency on the road. Unfortunately, most people tend to act on panicked instinct, which can dramatically worsen an already bad situation.

Imagine, say, that your tire has just blown. Don’t stop! On the contrary, place your foot on the accelerator and slowly and gradually speed up. This will counter the deceleration from the blowout. A bit later, let your car slow down, then carefully pull over. Most people, when faced with a blown tire, tend to get off the road as fast as they can. But if the damaged tire is a rear one, turning at a high speed or breaking abruptly may lead to a crash or some serious problems with the car in the future. That’s why it’s better to know ahead of time how to deal with the most common driving emergencies!

Your brakes have failed 0:45
Your engine has overheated while you’re stuck in traffic 2:14
Your car has started to fishtail 3:08
Your car is skidding out of control 4:04
Your steering wheel has locked up 5:00
You’ve blown a tire 5:44
Your car has fallen into water and is sinking 6:28

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– If you suddenly realize that your brakes aren’t functioning, don’t panic! First of all, make sure that all your passengers are buckled up. After that, turn on your emergency lights to inform other drivers that something’s wrong with your car.
– Your car may start to overheat if it has a problem with its drivetrain or the cooling system. Cranking up the heat may be the next best thing to do. This will let some of the engine heat escape by sending it into the interior of the car.
– If your car has started to fishtail, DO NOT hit the brakes! Instead, place your foot on the accelerator and look straight in the direction where you want to go.
– Most often, a car starts to skid when its front wheels lose traction. When braking, too much weight gets transferred to the front of the car. That’s why the best course of action is to avoid accelerating.
– If you can’t turn your steering wheel, shift into neutral and then go back into drive. Chances are that your car has a special switch in its transmission that prevents the wheel from turning if the car isn’t in drive.
– The first thing you should do after your car has hit the water is to unbuckle your seatbelt. Do not open the doors. Roll down the windows instead. The thing is that it’s too hard to open the door of a sinking car due to the water pressure outside of it.

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28 thoughts on “How to Survive When You Lose Control of Your Car | Wonderdir

  1. U have no control with brakes applied u control it with gas pedal power out and always look at where u want to go and ur instincts will get u there power out of a slide

  2. I guess 5 and 4 are about oversteering and understeering which largely depends on the type of car you have (RWD, FWD, AWD). In a rear wheel drive if you push the accelerator in a fishtail situation most likely you'll spin out since you are giving more power to the back wheels which have lost grip in the first place. What you need to do (besides countering with the steering wheel) is feathering the throttle so the wheels eventually grip and the car straightens out (think of drifting, not adding gas and you are in the guard rail, adding too much and you'll spin out…one of the reasons car makers went FWD in the first place, not everyone can predict RWD). In a front wheel drive if you start to fishtail then as you said pushing the accelerator and countering will help since you are adding weight to the back and that gives more grip to the back wheels which have lost grip either during braking in a bend or by flicking the car into a powerslide…As for understeering dont for god sake accelerate. It will just exaggarate the skid. Your front wheels have lost grip because you asked for too much turn in while going too fast, what you need to do is let go off the accelerator (remain in gear so the engine rpms brake the car, dont push the brakd pedals because then you'll switch the weight around and from an understeer situation go into an oversteer) and loosen the turn in you asked with the steering wheel so the front wheels regain grip. If you floor it and ask for more turn in (i've seen people do this) your front tyres will have an even smaller patch of rubber contact to the pavement… Good luck out there

  3. downshifting is better than putting in neutral. use engine to slow down your car. thats what is called engine brake. and for electronic brake it wont work but keeping the ebrake engage will engage emergency braking

  4. Put it into neutral if your brakes fail. That's the worst thing you can do because you eliminate engine breaking. If you are in a manual you can constantly downshift and break by slipping the clutch and then engaging lower gears.

    On the fishtail problem yes you should not hit the brakes but you must not try to force the car to the direction you want to go as mentioned. By trying to force it you overcompensate on the previous turn and as a result you create an even worse angle on the other side, keep doing that and you are going to lose control completely if you do not lose speed fast enough. What you should do is try to compensate the least possible without getting completely off the road. Also if you are in a front wheel drive vehicle hitting accel will help you regain control while in a rear drive it will just make things worse.

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