Brake failure is nothing to joke about it. Knowing what to do if you suddenly lose all stopping power can make the difference between getting off the road and ending up in an accident. Stay safe on the road with these tips for if your brakes fail from us here at Joe Holland Chevrolet.
- Remain calm. Keeping a clear head and staying aware of what’s going on around you is critical to making it out of traffic safely.
- Try the brakes again. Most modern vehicles have a dual braking system. That means your rear and front brakes are independent of one another. To lose all braking power, both systems would have to fail. That’s a pretty unlikely (and unlucky) situation. Try putting strong, consistent pressure on the brake pedal to see if you can slow down at all.
- Leave the engine running. Don’t turn off the engine. While it may be a good way to cut power to the engine in order to slow the car down, doing so also cuts power to the rest of the car. This includes the power steering. Without power steering, you’ll have a much more difficult time navigating out of traffic.
If you feel like you may need to change your brakes soon or have any other maintenance or services done on your Chevrolet, be sure to contact our Service Department. We will be happy to help you with any questions you may have, even if you would like us to take a quick look. It is always better to be safe than sorry and have your car checked in order to avoid any damages in the long run!