Saturday, 11 April 2015

Tips for surviving Driving Emergencies

Emergencies are quite complicated situations that need to be tackled very carefully and smartly.

Driving on Indian roads is a typical task as we Indians are not used to drive in lanes or queues. Most of the drivers are in a hurry to stay in front row instead of following queues or lanes in case any car wants to turn towards right. This is the main reason for most of the traffic jams and accidents in India. It is very easy to get a driving license in India. All you have to do is just demonstrate a little more than three-point turn and a parallel parking. Demonstrating the skills to overcome from emergency situations are nowhere on in list of a driving test. Lives are always on stake when it comes to show the accident avoidance skills for the first time by a typical driver. So, here are some emergency situations and techniques that helps in tough times:

Tread separation:
 
Due to this the blade of steel-backed rubber spins around at very high speed that can raze through the brake lines, inner fender panels, fuel tank, rear seats and side windows. Tread separation in passenger car can be detected and remedied before a tire failure or tire blowout can occur. Tread separation is considered to be more dangerous than tire blowouts as when the tread leaves the tire the noise stops and some people due to this thinks that car has cured itself. If in any case any of you have to face this tread separation in your car then just follow the instructions mentioned below:
      
. Instantly squeeze the accelerator and then gently release it.       
. Drive straight down in your lane.    
.Allow your car to slow down as much as is safely possible and then lightly apply the brakes to reach a safe turning point. ·      
.Engage the turn signal of your car and smoothly turn towards the damaged tire’s side.  2013 Driving on Indian Roads picture

Tire blowout: 

“Blowouts” in general terms can be understood as an event of bursting of a tire accompanied by a rapid loss of air pressure. Blowouts occur mostly due to too little air pressure allowing the tire to flex beyond its elastic limits until its overheating reaches to a point where the rubber loses its bond with the internal fabric and steel cord reinforcement. As a result of overloading in vehicle, tires get damaged, it can be a small cut or a bigger damage too. In Case of Tire blowout follow these tips:

·Press the accelerator for a couple of seconds this will allow the driver to retain the control of the car and then gently remove your foot from accelerator after a few seconds. Pushing brakes or removing foot off the accelerator in hurry must be avoided.
·Let your car slow down to a speed that is safe enough then use the turn indicator and gently turn towards the side of blown tire which decreases the chances of losing control and if needed gently squeeze the brakes.  

Keep your feet away from brake (or clutch) and the most important thing is to drive straight down the lane. 

Struck Throttle:

This is an event when the driver has decreased the pressure of his foot from the accelerator in order to slow down the speed but it does not responds. In such a situation follow these tips:

· Either push in the clutch or bring the transmission to a neutral position. You don’t really have to worry as in modern cars when you shift into neutral the Engine speed limiters prevents damage.
· If a car driver is unable to bring the car in neutral situation then switch off the ignition as last option.

Sudden Acceleration:

It is unintended, unexpected, and uncontrollable acceleration of a vehicle that follows an apparent loss of braking effectiveness. It is similar to struck throttle except the fact that it is not a mechanical failure but it is accidental pressing of accelerator by the driver. The corrective actions for struck throttle and sudden acceleration are similar. If one pushes the brakes as hard as he can then the car will stop full speed engine may it be any well maintained modern car.
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