What to Do if Your Brakes Fail

Modern cars are engineered with some pretty advanced technology so the odds you’ll break down on the side of the road at random are slim. Some things, like routine maintenance, are left to drivers, many of whom forget to check their brakes.

Not being able to stop a two-ton vehicle can be frightening to say the least. Here at DeVoe Cadillac, we know just what to do if your brakes fail.

  • breaksStay Calm. Staying calm will allow you to think clearer which will help you remember these next couple of tips.
  • Try the Brakes Again. Most vehicles today have a dual braking system, meaning the front and rear brakes are independent from each other. As a result, both would have to fail to leave you without any power to slow down. Push hard on the brake with consistent force to slow the car. In the case you have lost both brakes, pull the emergency brake, which is separate from your normal hydraulic braking system.
  • Leave the Ignition On. The number one thing many people want to do when their brakes fail is turn the car off. While it may sound like a good idea, the car losing power will actually hinder you. Turning the ignition off will turn off your power steering as well, meaning you won’t be able to steer easily. Leave it on until you’ve navigated out of traffic and stopped on the side of the road.