How Do You Stop A Car With No Brakes?
• Don’t panic! • Take your foot off the gas, and turn off cruise control (if on). Cruise control systems should turn off as soon as you touch the brake or clutch, but make sure it’s switched off. • Pay attention to how your brake pedal feels. • If your brake pedal is soft and goes to the floor, you may have low fluid, a faulty master cylinder or problems with your drums or calipers. You may be able to rebuild some braking pressure by pumping the brakes (see the next step). • If your brake pedal is hard and does not move, something in your brake system may have seized or you may have an obstruction under the pedal. Try to feel with foot (or have a passenger look) to see whether you have something under the brake pedal. • Pump your brakes. Pumping your brakes several times may rebuild enough pressure in the braking system for you to stop. This may take a while, so keep trying. You should do this even if your car is equipped with ABS as the ABS is only activated when your car is braking t