Have you ever been driving on the parkway and seen a car on the shoulder of the parkway with the hood up, smoke coming from the engine? Or missing a tire? Or a car engulfed in flames? No doubt being an eyewitness to these incidents makes a person driving more cautiously, even if the cautiousness is temporary. But, if you suddenly encounter one of these emergency situations, how should you react? Are there steps that can be taken to help you stay safe? Yes there are.
First and foremost, keep calm. When experiencing an emergency on the road, the worst reaction is to panic and slam on the brakes. This reaction can cause the worst outcome. Discussed below are several possible driving emergencies and the Do’s and Don’ts of each situation.
Tire blowout and loss of a tire. A telltale sign of an impending blowout (bursting tire) and loss of a tire (e.g. tire falling off an axel) is a thumping sound. If you hear this thumping noise, find the first available safe place to pull off the road and check your tires. However, if a blowout or loss of a tire occurs before you can do so,