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Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by nurey(m): 9:00am On Nov 27, 2019
Aboguede:

See them

So a car that is on 80k/h can still be put to gear 1?

Teachers don't teach me nonsense



I am talking from experience, I once switch my manual gear Nissan almera at 100km to gear 1 and pressed the accelerator the deceleration was astronomical. I have done same thing on a sienna 2000 auto though at 70km on 3rd mainland bridge and deceleration set in but not as astronomical as the manual transmission
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by adanny01(m): 9:00am On Nov 27, 2019
nakotee:
Car is a mechanical and electrical system which can fail at anytime, so whenever you loose your brakes during driving just see it as a mechanical malfunction likely to occur , dont think its spiritual or strange just put your mind together.

Five steps to follow when you loose your brakes

1. Don't panic , be strong and concentrate on your driving.

2. Pull up your hand brake.

3. Put your gear on Neutral (N)

4. Off your engine while you leave the ignition on. ( all this four steps while automatically slow down the car)

5. Look for a safe place to stop the car .

The last thing anyone should do is turn your engine off in such an emergency.

Turning off the engine will cause the driver to lose power steering and engine braking and even risk locking the steering.

Pulling the hand brake will lock up the rear wheels and could cause skidding of the car uncontrollably.

You cannot even down shift to gear 1 on a speed that is high. Even if the car allows you to, it will be dangerous and cam result to drive wheel lock up then skidding.

The best is to progressively down shift. It is a complete complicated process but a manual, its best to downshift 2 gears at a time. On auto transmission, engine braking is by default. But you will gain more engine braking by manually shifting to 3-2-1. At the same time pulling the hand brake with the button depressed so that it doesn't cause a wheel lock.

Any thing that causes a wheel lock is bad news.
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by ShegzyB: 9:02am On Nov 27, 2019
aspabay:


I thought the same until I read again. Op said "turn off engine but leave ignition on". That's quite sensible. But how many people know the difference.

NO. it is senseless.
turning off your engine, while leaving ignition on is called stalling (i bet u dont know thats what its called) and it takes power away from transmission fluids. that means, you will not be able to turn your steering easily because it will become very stiff.

Dont talk what you dont know. ask questions, learn bro.
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by CalabarPikin: 9:04am On Nov 27, 2019
Dcaliphate:
sad wld have been amongst the FTC but glo na bastard... op u forgot to add the most important point,.. the driver's head out his window yelling 'no brake ooo,...baa brekiiii'

grin grin cheesy grin cheesy grin cheesy cheesy cheesy

Bros.....u just made my day already.... Thanks man

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Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by ShegzyB: 9:04am On Nov 27, 2019
Please these are the steps to follow. dont be decieved by one olodo wey think say him sabi because he found one picture online.
nurey:


So you are doing 80km/h and see traffic ahead and you press the brake to slow down and see it isn't working and you expect someone to remember all these.

safety maneuver is an involuntary action, the best bet that any driver in such distress should have in mind is "Engine breaking"

for manual transmission, switch to gear one straight and lightly the depress the accelerator and the car would decelerate instantly.

For automatic move your gear lever down to 1 or L or lowest gear depending on vehicle make and deceleration would occur.

please never switch to N or off Engine, as downward decent in N would make car go faster or level ground would not slow Engine down as for switching off Engine, you loose steering wheel feel nah crash be that ooo
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by udemzyudex(m): 9:07am On Nov 27, 2019
When pulling your hand break pls remember, don't pull it too fast ,pull it gradually like you're applying your normal break else you might lose control of your car.

Don't turn your engine off, instead down shift to a lower gear.



I no get car yet ooo but I still Sabi. grin
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by wandium: 9:07am On Nov 27, 2019
Good advice mixed with terrible ones.
For me when you driving at whatever speed that suits your experience and you observe that your brake system has gone awol, first thing you need to do is get your head in the game. Be very decisive on what to do to beat or avoid collision with the traffic.
For auto:
If your speed is above 40kmph leave the gear on drive release your thruttle completely and continuously pump your breaks. This will slowly decrease your speed.
Apply your hand break gently to help decrease your speed and be on the lookout for elevated slope which is always not too far out. Engage your neutral once you notice the car is ascending pull your hand brake gradually till it all up. Pray no mumu taxi driver de your front.

For manual,
Same thing get your head cleared and stay focused. Downshift your gear gradually (release your clutch gently) till you get to hear one. Your car go Hala o but forget it, it will definitely be fine. Once you get to gear one, your speed will be very controllable, look for high ground to peach your car or if you get an elevated slope, once you close to 15-10kmph, turn off your engine completely but don't remove the key, put your gear back to one and release the clutch fully. Your car will jack to a full stop.

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Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by abdullkabar(m): 9:13am On Nov 27, 2019
I think the main precaution should be drive cautiously and be on a reliable speed limit, only then can you maneuver in case of brake failure cuz nobi only you dey road
Otherwise(100km/hr or so) , OYO ooo
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by HeavenlyBang(m): 9:16am On Nov 27, 2019
nurey:


I am talking from experience, I once switch my manual gear Nissan almera at 100km to gear 1 and pressed the accelerator the deceleration was astronomical. I have done same thing on a sienna 2000 auto though at 70km on 3rd mainland bridge and deceleration set in but not as astronomical as the manual transmission

I think your revs will likely jump, then your car drops them down immediately so as not to damage the transmission.
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by ashanax: 9:16am On Nov 27, 2019
Whoever posted this should be jailed indefinitely...
Because evil doers like u dont stop....
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by nurey(m): 9:18am On Nov 27, 2019
HeavenlyBang:


I think your revs will likely jump, then your car drops them down immediately so as not to damage the transmission.



Revs jump keh is mildly saying it, the Engine was on redline I was even afraid the Engine go kaput and the nasty sound I heard from that Almera Engine, fear catch me but all was well
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by Femeto: 9:22am On Nov 27, 2019
nurey:


So you are doing 80km/h and see traffic ahead and you press the brake to slow down and see it isn't working and you expect someone to remember all these.

safety maneuver is an involuntary action, the best bet that any driver in such distress should have in mind is "Engine breaking"

for manual transmission, switch to gear one straight and lightly the depress the accelerator and the car would decelerate instantly.

For automatic move your gear lever down to 1 or L or lowest gear depending on vehicle make and deceleration would occur.

please never switch to N or off Engine, as downward decent in N would make car go faster or level ground would not slow Engine down as for switching off Engine, you loose steering wheel feel nah crash be that ooo
Am sure the OP never experience am self.
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by Nigerfine3: 9:32am On Nov 27, 2019
When I got to abroad newly I do wonder why they do not have this thing called break failure. Till date after over a decade I have not heard or seen one. Nigerians drive with rotten,spoilt, and what description of break and keep killing themselves and others just to tag it spiritual or break fail. Break the refused to take care of.
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by Airoflaw(m): 9:35am On Nov 27, 2019
bmdmixed:
but i csnt one switch one off n d other one?
bros if you get money go n buy a car and try switch it off
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by Airoflaw(m): 9:41am On Nov 27, 2019
Nigerfine3:
When I got to abroad newly I do wonder why they do not have this thing called break failure. Till date after over a decade I have not heard or seen one. Nigerians drive with rotten,spoilt, and what description of break and keep killing themselves and others just to tag it spiritual or break fail. Break the refused to take care of.
how many of our Nigeria driver even check their car in the morning to dey fire it.
.my brother was guilty of dis until d day he learn his lesson, as usual started d car not knowing d brake oil is low, thank God hes nt enter d main road before the thing go low.
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by AerialMapper: 9:53am On Nov 27, 2019
When you switch off your engine, you lose engine braking which is a faster way to slow down than coasting in neutral!

What would i do?

In a manual, i would downshift gradually until i get to the lowest gear and hopefully coast to a stop safely using my hand brakes gradually or what is left of my foot brakes

In an automatic with paddle shifters, i would downshift using the paddle shifters just as in a manual and then use the handbrakes / foot brakes if i still have some hydraulic pressure
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by bmdmixed: 9:55am On Nov 27, 2019
Airoflaw:
bros if you get money go n buy a car and try switch it off
na bike i fit afford, if i switch am off the steering fit still turn
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by greenhulk: 9:59am On Nov 27, 2019
aspabay:


I thought the same until I read again. Op said "turn off engine but leave ignition on". That's quite sensible. But how many people know the difference.

U lose steering control the moment u turn off engine even with ignition on. Ur best bet is to use engine braking. For manual cars put it in gear 1, for automatic put it in d1 or L
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by Nobody: 10:00am On Nov 27, 2019
Apelex:


When your dont know somthing.You
learn

Its called engine breaking. It's your best bet when you gave a failed break. The car can only run on low speeds in low Gears.

For manual transmission, engage to gear-2 first before downshifting to 1. For Auto transmission, take off ur foot from the gas pedal, shift to D3, then D2 and finally D1...You may likely suffer your transmission but avoiding major injuries or even death is more important
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by greenhulk: 10:01am On Nov 27, 2019
Aboguede:

See them

So a car that is on 80k/h can still be put to gear 1?

Teachers don't teach me nonsense



Yes it can. The engine will scream but will definitely slow down. Its ur best bet. The worst that would happen is for ur engine to get faulty but u have higher chance of getting out alive.
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by cmikel: 10:02am On Nov 27, 2019
nakotee:
Car is a mechanical and electrical system which can fail at anytime, so whenever you loose your brakes during driving just see it as a mechanical malfunction likely to occur , dont think its spiritual or strange just put your mind together.

Five steps to follow when you loose your brakes

1. Don't panic , be strong and concentrate on your driving.

2. Pull up your hand brake.

3. Put your gear on Neutral (N)

4. Off your engine while you leave the ignition on. ( all this four steps while automatically slow down the car)

5. Look for a safe place to stop the car .






Put on your pointer and Hazzard lights on, keep horning to clear up unexpectants at the front


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Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by cmikel: 10:02am On Nov 27, 2019
nakotee:
Car is a mechanical and electrical system which can fail at anytime, so whenever you loose your brakes during driving just see it as a mechanical malfunction likely to occur , dont think its spiritual or strange just put your mind together.

Five steps to follow when you loose your brakes

1. Don't panic , be strong and concentrate on your driving.

2. Pull up your hand brake.

3. Put your gear on Neutral (N)

4. Off your engine while you leave the ignition on. ( all this four steps while automatically slow down the car)

5. Look for a safe place to stop the car .






6. Put on your pointer and Hazzard lights on,

7.keep horning to clear up unexpectants at the front


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Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by Nobody: 10:05am On Nov 27, 2019
greenhulk:


U lose steering control the moment u turn off engine even with ignition on. Ur best bet is to use engine braking. For manual cars put it in gear 1, for automatic put it in d1 or L

No mind d op especially when it’s a power steering...At high speeds, Some Auto transmission cars would not allow a downshift to D1 or L...downshift to D3 first and D2 or D1 immediately...For manual tranny in high speed, downshift to gear-2 pls
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by paix(m): 10:08am On Nov 27, 2019
nakotee:
Car is a mechanical and electrical system which can fail at anytime, so whenever you loose your brakes during driving just see it as a mechanical malfunction likely to occur , dont think its spiritual or strange just put your mind together.

Five steps to follow when you loose your brakes

1. Don't panic , be strong and concentrate on your driving.

2. Pull up your hand brake.

3. Put your gear on Neutral (N)

4. Off your engine while you leave the ignition on. ( all this four steps while automatically slow down the car)

5. Look for a safe place to stop the car .
On item 2: Some modern cars do come with electric handbrake; if you operate the handbrake, the car will stop suddenly and what do you think will happen next if there are cars behind you?
On item 3: If you disengage the gear it means the car will coast freely without any resistance from the gearbox. It is better you don't shift it to neutral.
On item 4: If you switch off the engine, especially if it's power steering, you will totally lose the steering control and your guess is as good as mine.
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by greenhulk: 10:09am On Nov 27, 2019
Aboguede:

I asked a simple question and u are still deviating.

A car that is on 80k/h can it still enter gear 1 in the absence of brake?






Do u drive automatic? If u do, u will notice ur gear lever has 1,2 and L (for some cars it's called d1 and d2) nary u drive with D or D3 which is the normal drive mode. But D1 and D2 or L are called low gears and u don't need to press the brake get into those low gears from normal drive. Try it yourself, while driving move ur gear from D to D2 or D1 or L without pressing the brake see what happens. U will see ur car will slow down. It is called engine braking.

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Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by solutionkingdom(m): 10:10am On Nov 27, 2019
MANNABBQGRILLS:
More from @MANNABBQGRILLS:

6. Take it Slow
Stay on the slow lane. This gives you enough time to read the road signs and switch lanes only when necessary. That way, you are less likely to miss the next exit to salvation.

7. Be Decisive
It’s dangerous to shift between lanes as you wonder which road to take. Pick one. If it’s right, congratulations. If it’s not, it’s okay. Don’t dwell in the past, drive on and look for another way


Very Good thread.
Thanks for this OP.
DRIVE SAFELY Guys, especially as the year ends.


Abeg shift make we read better comments.
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by paix(m): 10:13am On Nov 27, 2019
nurey:


So you are doing 80km/h and see traffic ahead and you press the brake to slow down and see it isn't working and you expect someone to remember all these.

safety maneuver is an involuntary action, the best bet that any driver in such distress should have in mind is "Engine breaking"

for manual transmission, switch to gear one straight and lightly the depress the accelerator and the car would decelerate instantly.

For automatic move your gear lever down to 1 or L or lowest gear depending on vehicle make and deceleration would occur.

please never switch to N or off Engine, as downward decent in N would make car go faster or level ground would not slow Engine down as for switching off Engine, you loose steering wheel feel nah crash be that ooo
Some cars with manual gearbox come with a safety device in the gearbox, which will disallow such drop from the 5th gear to the 1st. The device can only allow a drop to the next lower gear, from gear 5 to gear 4. And for cars that don't have such a device, the sudden shift from gear 5 to gear 1 will lockup the wheels and the car will skid; especially if the road is wet, you know the rest. That action will also wreck the gearbox.
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by ezewealth(m): 10:18am On Nov 27, 2019
Just yesterday, an oncoming bus failed brake, and was just coming right towards me. I didnt noticed earlier because i had an ear piece tucked in my ear, the time i got to know the force of inertia held me so tight i couldn't move and just like a sitting duck. But fortunately for me the driver averted me and the bus flew and enter someone's compound.
I saw my death yesterday. Even now i am still having cold feet to go outside. Had it been d driver didnt do what he had done, i would have been a dead man, how will my mum hold on, i am her only son. I am just in abuja hustling while she is in enugu. Bro/sis, we have to live upright in this world and do good to people around us, because we don know when we will be gone

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Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by greenhulk: 10:18am On Nov 27, 2019
couragemurphy:
Good article.....

But turning off the engine while still in motion? This is not actually ideal in all cars as most modern cars steering system will shutdown with the engine making control difficult. This can also be another hazardous situation itself.

...Don't panic,
...Put on your Hazard lights
...stop accelerating..
... put gear on neutral
....with engine still on, gradually steer off the road and apply handbrake.

Never put the gear to neutral at high speed. Why do u people keep thinking this is a good idea. Pls Google engine braking, that is the best way to slow down the car in such situations. once car is slow enough (around 40km/hr) then u can use ur handbrake and once car is very slow then u can put to neutral.
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by Nobody: 10:20am On Nov 27, 2019
Erastuslove:
bros you made a lot of sense here.....off engine and power steering will not work again very stiff...….. I will practice that L LOWER GEAR to see if it really works...….by assumption practice

For auto-transmission cars at hi-speed, It’s best you downshift to D3-D2-D1/L in quick succession. For manual tranny , nak am to gear 2. Car go halla but it will get the job done.
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by jaxxy(m): 10:27am On Nov 27, 2019
See how he said no2. pull up ur hand brake like it’s magic? Op wants people to drift grin

On a serious note ur hand/parking brake holds only ur back tyres. I think u should apply it slowly depending on ur speed.
Re: Five Simple Things To Do When You Lose Your Brakes While Driving by illitrate(m): 10:29am On Nov 27, 2019
Op do u want to kill people?

simple thing to do when break fail

1: wind down your glass

2: Discharge, or Jaapa, or vamoose from the window. tongue

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