familiar with your brake system. Having your brakes fail
while you are driving is a dangerous experience where quick
thinking can cool reactions can potencially save lives.
At the first sign
of brake trouble, try not to panic. Downshift to low gear.
Sound your horn and flash your lights to warn other drivers.
Work your vehicle into the right lane and then toward the
shoulder. Be aware of other traffic around you and use your
signals and mirrors for your maneuvers. Pump the brake pedal
hard and fast in order to build up pressure. Most all vehicles
have dual hydraulic brake systems that prevent both the
front and rear brake systems from giving out at the same
time. If after three or four hard pumps no braking is occurring,
apply the parking brake. If the car starts to weave release
it and reapply it and/or swerve into bushes or something
soft. When you reach the right lane turn on your emergency
You should never
drive a vehicle at any speed without brakes! Nothing more
dangerous on the road than someone who can't stop.