Driving Emergency: How to securely deal with the total brake failure

Driving Emergency

A standout amongst the most alarming things that can occur while driving is encountering unexpected total brake failure. You may try braking when moving toward an approaching red light but brake won’t work. Within the blink of an eye, this situation can end up with a great deal of regret, in light of the fact that the driver panicked and he did not know how to deal with brake failure appropriately. This article will help you in getting yourself prepared for such an unfortunate event.

In present-day vehicles, total brake failure is uncommon, yet it can occur. This can be the aftereffect of faulty manufacturing. Total brake failure could likewise happen if the brake liquid is leaking. Luckily, noticing a brake fluid leakage is very easy since it is observable by the naked eye. 

When the vehicle hydroplanes, temporary brake failure may occur and even the best car tyres cannot prevent it. This happens when the brakes are naked and wet, ordinarily in the wake of driving through puddles of water. To regain control of the vehicle, the driver should stop accelerating while keeping the steering wheel steady and straight, hence slowing down the vehicle and ultimately regaining the control back.

How to handle the brake failure

Here some tips to keep in mind if the brake fails

Do not panic and stay calm

In any stage or emergency of life panicking can be disastrous and can make any situation even worse. In case of a brake failure, you must not panic and stay calm. This might be more difficult than one might expect yet resisting the urge to panic will enable you to deal with the situation more effectively and confidently. 

The main thing you need to do is alert other drivers around you that something is not right. You can turn on your indicators commonly known as hazard lights and honk toward different drivers to notify them that you require a great deal of room, and every other vehicle will most likely maintain a safe distance from you. 


Downshifting after a brake failure is especially gainful on the off chance that it helps in decreasing your vehicles speed. Speed can be hazardous since it could cause your vehicle to slide.

You need to gradually downshift from D to 1. You should not downshift straight from D to 1. To begin with, go to 3, at that point to 2. At last, you can downshift toward 1, hence decreasing the speed of your vehicle variably. 

Initiate Anti Lock Braking System (ABS)

Vehicles manufactured within the last 15 years are equipped with anti-lock braking system (ABS). You can initiate this framework by pushing down on the brake pedal firmly. After a few seconds, you may feel the pedal pushing back –this is the ABS coming into action.

The fundamental hypothesis behind the anti-lock braking system is basic. It keeps the wheels from locking up, therefore maintaining a strategic distance to avoid slipping. ABS offers improved vehicle control and better braking.

Engage Emergency Brake

Normal brakes are a lot faster in stopping your vehicle than the emergency brakes, so when engaging the emergency brakes you need to stay calm and be patient to see a gradual effect. You need to gradually apply the emergency brake. In the event that you are not cautious, wheels can bolt up. 

If the emergency brake does not work, you’ll have to keep your eyes stripped for different approaches to stop such as stopping with the help of friction.

Slow down your vehicle using friction

Search for spots where you can drive your vehicle into that could conceivably slow down your vehicle due to friction without crashing it. For instance, in the event that the side of the street comprises of rock, at that point you can drag the side of your vehicle to obstruct your speed while slowing it down. 

Another alternative is to utilize guardrails or Concrete dividers since they are perfect due to the wide base. However, In this case, just your car tyres will be affected and you will need to supplant your tyres after this.

Get your vehicle off the road

Since you have successfully slowed down your vehicle now it’s important that you get your vehicle off the street safely while limiting the odds of getting hit. In case you’re on the thruway or a bigger street, you’ll first need to focus on getting your vehicle securely into the correct lane. Remember to utilize your blinkers, and focus on encompassing traffic while utilizing your vehicle’s lights and horn to caution different drivers. 

Then move from the correct path onto someplace safe off the road and finally, put your vehicle into neutral. 

Turning off the car

You should not turn off your engine until you are confident to stop. Turning off your engine untimely will likewise shut down your capacity of steering, which makes the vehicle progressively hard to turn. It could likewise cause the steering wheel to bolt. 

Make sure to get your vehicle halted and off the street safely before turning it off.

How to avoid brake failure

You need to be cautious of the indications that indicate the probability of total brake failure. On the off chance that you encounter any of the indications while you apply the brakes, you need to visit a professional right away to have the issue fixed.

Some of the indications include: 

  • Brake light turns on 
  • Noises such as 
    • Grinding
    • Squealing
    • squeaking
  • Brake pedal vibrates, wobbles or scarps when you apply pressure
  • Brake fluid is leaking
  • Soft and spongy brake pedal
  • While braking there is the smell of burning
  • Vehicle bouncing up and down whenever braking
  • The vehicle is pushing to the one side whenever braking


You do not need to stress over total brake failure since it is incredibly uncommon, as long as you most likely are aware of how to respond appropriately, you ought to be fine.

It is advantageous to rehearse tackling a brake failure in an unfilled parking area, so you are ready in case of any unfortunate event. 

Take your vehicle to the expert professionals at regular intervals to get your vehicle checked for any discrepancies related to your braking system.