Emergency Driving Procedures Essay

741 Words Mar 10th, 2011 3 Pages
Emergency Driving Procedures

Emergency situations sometimes arise that prevent your car from functioning properly. While these can be scary situations, it is important to remain calm, and know what to do when these situations arise. From brake failure to engine fires, always follow a few tips.

How to Avoid Vehicle Malfunction

1. Although some vehicle malfunctions may not be avoidable, routine maintenance helps keep the vehicle functioning at its best. Get oil changes every three months or after every 3,000 miles of driving. Also have your mechanic check brake fluid levels and power steering fluid levels. Pay attention to gauges while driving. If the oil light or "check engine" light turn on, drive slowly, stay away from heavy
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Stay as far away from the car as possible and allow emergency services to handle the fire.

5. Jammed Accelerator

If the accelerator becomes jammed, focus on steering and slam the accelerator petal hard with your foot. Many times this will un-jam the accelerator, but if it does not work, shift the car into neutral. This will most likely cause engine damage, but when facing the alternative of a high speed car crash, engine damage is the better alternative. Brake the car to come to a complete stop.

6. Running Off Pavement

When your car runs off the pavement, hold the steering wheel tightly to keep the car straight and steady. Slowly tap the brake, and ease back onto the road when it is safe. Do not slam the brake, as this may lose control of the car.

After the Malfunction

After you have safely stopped the car, turn on your emergency flashers and determine the next step. If you are a member of a roadside assistance service like AAA, call the hotline to have a tow truck or mechanic dispatched to your location. If you do not have your membership card on hand, call the toll-free number (800) AAA-HELP. Staff can look up your membership number by name and address, and you can also use this service if you are riding in a car that does not belong to you. This is especially helpful when

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