5 Driving Emergencies and How to Handle Them

Accidents can happen any time, and no one can fully prepare for it. That’s why we all do our very best to be equipped with necessary knowledge in case we experience any driving emergencies on the road. Today, I will the different road emergencies and tips on how to handle them with ease.

1. Smashed Windshield

  • When traversing through poorly paved roads, stones and other debris can come flying your way. The good news is that the windshield can protect you, but the bad news is that it may crack. Worse, the windshield will shatter break into small pieces.
  • If something like this will happen to you, pull over. Get a blanket or any thick cloth to avoid tiny bits of shards falling your way. The goal is to push the windscreen out. You don’t want it reach your body especially your face. After you successfully pushed the windshield out, go to an auto repair shop immediately to get it fixed or replaced. If you have glasses, please wear them in case there are still leftover shards. In this kind of emergency, it is utmost important to protect your eyes.

2. Blown Tires

  • This can come as a shocking experience for many drivers because of a sudden loud noise. Out of nowhere, it may seem as if something exploded in front of you. It’s important for this situation for you to not panic. Be in control and steer your vehicle to safety ASAP!
  • Keep your hands on the steering wheel to carefully guide the car one side of the road. Once you have found a safe spot, then, you can replace the blasted tires with your spare. If you need roadside assistance, you may dial 911 for emergencies.

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3. Faulty Brake

  • Driving without brakes is extremely dangerous! That’s why it’s important to NOT ignore the indicator lights on your dashboard. It may seem that the brakes are okay, but the indicator lights could be telling you otherwise. Notice the light indicating a faulty brake, and attend to it immediately. Bring your car to the nearest auto shop.
  • In case your brakes stop working, use your headlights to warn other drivers. Start steering the car to a safe side and honk to let others know that this is an emergency. Do not swerve without warning unless it is necessary!

4. Defective Headlights

  • The headlights may weaken due to a powerless battery or faulty connection. Having defective headlights can be dangerous especially when you constantly drive at night. Other drivers may not see you, and this can endanger your life.
  • If you notice that the headlights are not working, drive with caution and switch on the hazard lights. To ask for help, call the roadside assistance hotline or ask other drivers if you see a car pass by.

5. Jammed Accelerator

  • If the accelerator is stuck and your car is moving at a quick speed, shift your car to neutral mode and use your brakes. Step on the brakes to safely control the speed, and bring your car to the side of the road. Remember, do not switch off your engine because this can cause the steering to lock. Once you are off the highway, that is when you turn off the ignition and call for immediate help.