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Survival Guide To Driving Emergencies

Emergency Situations

Car mechanics are experts when it comes to vehicles. However, not all drivers are car mechanics but that doesn’t mean that they should stay ignorant about various things about cars. There are basic car care things you should still know.

How about you? Would you consider yourself as an expert or someone who’s well-knowledgeable about cars? 

Nevertheless, whether you know a lot about cars or not, you should always come prepared and know what to do in case of driving emergencies. We’ve listed some of the driving emergencies plus tips on what to do in case those happen. With this guide, we hope your injuries would lessen and the damages to your car won’t be severe. 

Car Stalls Or Breaks Down In The Middle Of The Road

You should never stop your vehicle in the middle of the road unless you are following road laws or if your safety is in the line. Other cars on the road are moving and when you stop abruptly, there’s a chance for a crash to happen. 

In case your car breaks down, it won’t immediately stop. Use that momentum to try to go to the side of the road, away from traffic. Make sure that you are clearly visible from either direction. Your emergency lights or hazard lights will make you more visible so use them. 

Although there can be different car emergencies, the common thing that you should do for all of them is to refrain from panicking so you can think of what to do. 

Blown Tire

A blown tire can be startling because it can be accompanied by a loud sound. When this happens the first thing you do is to grip the steering wheel firmly and make sure you are steering straight. 

Next is to release the gas pedal and gently use your brakes only when your car is already under control. If you use the breaks too early, it would be more difficult to control your vehicle. Then, pull off on the side of the road. 

Failure to Steer

It can be alarming to notice that your car isn’t under your control when you steer it but it could happen. When it does, stop stepping on the gas, turn your emergency lights on. 

If you can’t steer your vehicle, you are going straight and it is clear ahead, you can just let the car decelerate on its own. 

On the other hand, if the road ahead isn’t clear, you could use your brakes. Be sure to carefully do this so that you don’t completely lose control of the vehicle.

Headlights Stop Working

When your headlights suddenly become dim or go off in the middle of the night, you should use your other lights. The high beams, as well as the hazard lights, can help you see the road until you can pull off somewhere safe where you can call for help. 

Gas Pedal Is Stuck

When the gas pedal is stuck, you can try to make it unstuck by using your foot to hook the pedal underneath and pull it upwards. Sometimes that works well but if not, then you should shift to neutral or step on the clutch. 

Then, use firm pressure on your brakes. Also, don’t forget to use your emergency lights or honk your horn to warn other people that you are experiencing a car emergency. 

Skidding

There are many reasons why your car may skid. It could be due to your brakes, steering harshly while accelerating or when you are going too fast in difficult road conditions. 

To stop skidding, you have to figure out what causes you to skid. If it is due to the brakes, then release the brakes. On the other hand, if it is due to your acceleration, then release the gas pedal. 

If you are experiencing a rear-wheel skid,  use the steering wheel and turn in the direction of the skid. If your skid goes the opposite direction, follow that direction with your steering. You may have to repeat this several times for you to get back control over your vehicle. 

If it is a front-wheel skid, you should release the gas and select neutral for automatic vehicles or press the clutch for manual vehicles. Don’t steer until the traction returns. Once it returns, you can now steer in the direction you want to go. After which, you can drive your car as usual again. 

Another Car Is Coming At You

When another car is coming at you, do your best to get the attention of that car by flashing your high beams and using your horn. If the car doesn’t respond, steer towards the side of the road. It is best to go to the side of your lane because you could crash with other oncoming vehicles if you pull off to the left side of the road. 

Car Is On Fire

If your car is on fire, pull over immediately. Turn off the ignition, get out of the vehicle and run far away from the vehicle. It is best not to try to fight the fire on your own. Dousing it with water may seem a great idea to fight the fire but that could actually worsen the situation. 

Animal Crossing

Sometimes, animals can suddenly cross the road. When you see them, slow down as quickly as possible. However, don’t swerve because you can swerve right into another car as you avoid the animal. Also, even if you try swerving to avoid the animal, you could still hit it because it can suddenly change directions. 

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Basic Car Care For Non-Mechanics

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It takes years to learn and understand how the mechanical systems function and integrate on all the different makes and models out there today.  Personally I learn on average 3 new things a day – things change that quick.  With all the new models and functionality coming out with each new release; it a full time job keeping up.

As a consumer, it just makes sense to hire a solid mechanic to service your vehicle at regular intervals. With that in mind it’s important you understand some basics of your car, SUV, or truck, but it’s even more important you get on a schedule for maintenance.

Here’s my quick thoughts on the subject…

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Can My Punctured Tyre Be Repaired?

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It’s a sunny day and you are ready to hit the meeting but guess what? Your car tyre is punctured. We all have been through these frustrating scenarios where one is clueless and numb.

You just can’t waste time blaming the nail or debris on the road for puncturing your brand new tyre. It’s the moment to take action and get your hands dirty in order to repair and get going with your routine.

Before fetching the disassembly tools you first need to figure out that, can your punctured tyre be repaired? Today, we’ll guide you on how to analyze a repairable and non-repairable tyre.

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Tire Blowout

How To Handle A Tire Blowout

Emergency Situations

One sure fire way of upping your blood pressure is to experience a legit tire blowout traveling full speed on the highway.  Your car shakes, it pulls hard, and unless you know what to do you may panic and slam on the brakes, creating a bad situation much, much worse.

Experiencing a tire blow out can occur at unexpected times, and it can get scary if you were in highway speeds.  Today we’ll cover the basics of handling a sudden flat tire situation so you can stay calm and collected while safely guiding your vehicle to a stop by the side of the road.

What Do Tire Blowouts Sound like?

You can expect to hear 3 main sounds, which will vary depending on the situation. A loud bang or boom of the popping tire should be the first sound that reverberates throughput the car. A whooshing sound may be heard, which is simply the sound of air escaping the tire. Finally, a repeated flopping or flapping sound of the flat tire hitting the road is heard.

If you’re tires have completely shredded, you may experience violent rattling in the car as the last vestiges of the tire are ripped away from the rim by the pavement.

How Can You Notice a Flat Tire While Driving?

When you have a flat tire at high speeds, you may first feel the car slowing down as you try to maintain the speed. The car will then pull strongly to the right or left depending on the side where the tire burst occurred. When the flat tire is on the front tires, you will feel this force especially with the steering of the car. For rear tires, the force is more on the body or the seat of the car. Regardless of where the flat tire occurred, the response should be the same.

How Safely Handle a Flat tire

Maintaining control of the car and balancing it is vital when you want to get it off the road safely. In this case, you should remain calm, even while your instincts tell you to hit the brakes hard, take your foot off the accelerator, and swerve off the road. Never slam on the brakes, as you will diminish the stability of the vehicle and end up losing its control. Instead, lift off your foot from the gas pedal, and gently slow down the car.

Holding the steering wheel correctly with your two hands is essential, and it makes it easy to stabilize the vehicle. Gently steer to the shoulder only when it’s safe, while softly applying the brakes to stop your vehicle completely. If necessary, you can then push your hazards lights to notify other drivers that you are facing some problems, and keep them out of your way.

What You Should Do After Stopping the Car Safely

Only exit your car when you are sure that you are at a safe distance off the main road; off the harm’s way. Remember to turn on the hazard lights, and put the reflective cones or lifesaver triangles on the road if you have them, to alert other drivers at a safe distance. When it’s not safe to change the tire from where you stopped, or if your are not sure how, it’s better to call for road assistance.

Don’t forget that the spare tires are only recommended for emergencies, (especially the smaller ones) and you should not drive on them at high speeds or for long distances. If you not aware of its location, referring to the user’s manual can give you instructions on where all the necessary tools and spare tire are located. It can also guide you on how to change a flat tire. However, be sure to familiarize yourself with these before you actually need them.

If you don’t feel comfortable changing your tire, contact AAA or a trusted Towing Service that offers Emergency Rates and support

Preventing a Flat Tire

Since tires will naturally lose air pressure over time, it is recommended that you check each of your tire’s pressure at least once a month to avoid a blowout or a flat tire. A simple, regular inspection routine for wear and tear, slow leaks, and pressure is very important. Keeping your load limits within the manufacturer’s recommendations helps too.

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