- Hold the steering wheel firmly.
- If this happens before entering a turn, try to control the direction first.
- Then try to slow down: shift down gears step by step to slow down.
- Use the handbrake/emergency brake to stop the car if the speed is below 20 mph.
- Turn on your hazard lights if applicable.
- Use upward slopes or hills to help stop the car.
- If your brakes stop working when going up a hill, shift quickly to lower gear, then use the handbrake/emergency brake to park the car.
- If available, park in an emergency parking lane, or hard shoulder. If not, then park away from fast traffic and ensure your hazard lights are turned on.
How to avoid it:
- Test brakes before your trip.
- Always test your brakes when you first start down a steep hill or if you have driven through deep water.
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