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Emergencies

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TIRE BLOWS OUT

  • Don’t apply brakes.
  • Concentrate on steering.
  • Slow down gradually.
  • Brake softly.
  • Pull completely off pavement.

FIRE

  • Apply mud, dirt, dust, snow. Check ditch for water.
  • Use hub cap to carry water or wet wearing apparel.
  • Loosen dirt with tire tool.

FLOODED ENGINE

  • Press gas pedal to floor.
  • Do not pump gas pedal.
  • Run starter steadily.
  • Let pedal up when engine starts.

WET BRAKES

  • Test brakes lightly after driving through deep water.
  • Brakes may pull to one side or may not hold at all.
  • Dry brakes by driving slowly in low gear and apply brakes lightly.

ACCELERATOR JAMMED

  • Slap pedal hard with foot.
  • Use brakes.
  • Shift to neutral.
  • Concentrate on steering.

DISABLED VEHICLE

  • Park all four wheels off the traveled portion of the highway if possible.
  • Turn on parking lights or 4-way flashers at night.
  • If available, set out flares at night.
  • Use starter and low gear to pull standard shift car to shoulder.
  • If you cannot move car off roadway raise hood or tie handkerchief on door handle to warn other motorists.

BRAKES FAIL

  • Use parking brake.
  • Shift to lower gear.
  • Rub tires on curb.

VEHICLE APPROACHING IN YOUR LANE

  • Sound your horn.
  • Brake sharply.
  • Steer for shoulder or ditch.