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TIPS: What Should I Do If My Car Brake Fails?

Nwogbunyama Emeka

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Car brake failure is a terrible thing to experience. I wish you do not experience such but it will be a good thing to read this in order to know what to do in case of eventuality.

Before we go on, it’s good we know some basic things about the so called car braking system.

Braking system is one of the most essential systems in a car. The system is capable of stopping your car from breath-taking speeds. In simple terms, brakes are devices by means of artificial frictional resistance, slowpoke or stop the motion of a machine. The brakes enable the driver to slow down the vehicle in motion or to bring it to a stop. Problems arise when you can’t achieve this because of a brake malfunction.





You are speeding on a freeway and you notice that your car brakes are not functional again. Here are steps you can take in such a situation.

Be very much aware that there will be a hell of adrenaline rush in your body because of the situation at hand. But you should try as much as you can not to panic; you just have to calm down.

  • First of all, lift your foot off the accelerator (gas pedal, throttle).
  • Push the gear lever of the vehicle to N (Neutral). This applies for both manual and automatic transmission.
  • Keep one hand firmly on the the steering wheel and then the other hand on the hand brake.
  • Keep the hand brake button depressed and then gradually lift the hand brake (Do not lock the hand brake). Doing this will slow down the vehicle, and the slower the vehicle goes, the more you lift the hand brake. As you are doing this, steer clear off the road onto the shoulder of the road.

If your vehicle has a foot brake, you are going to have to lift your feet of the accelerator.

  • Push the gear to neutral to disengage the gears and then steer to the shoulder of the road.
  • When vehicle slows down, press the foot brake in. This is going to bring the car to a hard stop.

When all these things are going on, ensure that you are on seat belt alongside your passengers because the hard stop will definitely cause all in the car to lean forward because of weight transfer.

Non functional brakes are caused by low brake fluids or faulty master cylinder that control the vehicle’s braking system.

I hope this helps.

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Emeka is a Contributor at Autojosh. A graduate of Electrical/Electronic Engineering with a B.Eng degree. Emeka is a car enthusiast who is interested in traveling, writing, movies and driving. He also loves drinking garri with cold water.

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