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The ability to operate a motorized vehicle gives many people a sense of freedom and control. However, that freedom can quickly disappear when something on the car malfunctions and the driver loses control and gets in an auto accident. Many drivers panic when something like this goes wrong, leading them to sometimes make their situation even worse. To help give drivers back the sense of control they lost, and to help them remain calm in the face of a disaster, here are some ways on how to handle common driving emergencies:


The blowout of a tire can happen quickly and without much warning. It is usually the result of running over something sharp or tire pressure that is too high, causing the tire to burst. Whatever the case, the most important part of handling this situation is to remain calm and resist from slamming on the brakes. When the incident happens, you will need to increase the pressure on the gas for a few seconds while continuing to drive straight. Do not worry about the vehicle increasing speed because it won’t; there will be too much resistance from the flattened wheel. Next, slowly release the gas pedal and allow the car to gradually reduce its speed to 30mph. Then, you will want to pull gently to the side of the road. If you have to use your brakes, tap them lightly as hitting them too hard can cause your car to take on more damage or result in you losing complete control of the vehicle.

Tread Separation

If the tread of your tires is beginning to become undone, you will need to handle it similarly to the tire blowout. When this happens, apply some gentle pressure onto the gas pedal and continue to drive straight; do not turn left or right. Coast for as long as you can and only apply the brakes when absolutely necessary. Once your car has slowed down enough, begin to turn gently towards the shoulder of the road that is on the side of the ruined tire. This keeps whoever is going to change the tire from being exposed to the street, reducing the risk of further disaster.

Brake Failure

A rear-end collision in a parking lot.Brake failures are horrifying events and can easily lead to panic. The natural reaction is to try and pump the brakes or add more pressure. However, this will not do anything to your car and will only lead to more anxiety and panic for the driver. The best thing to do is use the hand brake to slow down the car until you can get it to a complete stop. Also, it helps to shift the car into a lower gear, if possible, as doing this will put some resistance on the tires, helping you slow down the vehicle.

Loss of Traction

Ice and rain can create extremely hazardous conditions on the road. The risk of losing traction is higher under these conditions and can cause your car to spin out. If you find your car starting to slide, make sure that you steer into the direction of the skid. This will help keep the control in your hands. When you do this, lightly apply the brakes. Once you feel some traction, slowly straighten out the wheels of your car. After that, ensure that your speed remains lower than the suggested speed limit. This will help keep you safe and give you more time to react should your car lose traction again.

Engine Fire

While rarer than some of the other emergencies on this list, engine fires still do happen and are extremely dangerous. If you notice smoke coming out of the hood of your vehicle, do not panic. Pull off the roadway as safely and as quickly as possible. Turn off the car and evacuate it immediately. Do not worry about going back to get any possessions out of your car; only take the time to gather any small children who may not be able to exit the vehicle themselves. Move you and your family as far away from the car as possible. Then call for help. Do not reapproach the car and try to put the fire out yourself. The risk of the fire reaching the gas tank is higher under these circumstances and can result in your car exploding. Trained emergency personnel will know how to properly handle the situation to reduce the risk of injury and casualty.

Road Rage

When another driver becomes upset or angry either from something that you have done or something they perceived that you have done, do not engage with them. The best trick is to keep yourself as far away as possible. Do not pull over to talk to them or reciprocate their behavior.

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