It’s happened to all of us – you’re driving along and all of a sudden, you hit a patch of slick road and hydroplane. Or you get a tire blowout. Or your power steering fails. Car emergencies happen to all of us when we’re behind the wheel despite how skilled we are at driving, and you should know how to handle your new Toyota should such a situation arise! Our Orlando Toyota dealership is here to walk you through some car emergencies and how to react accordingly so you can efficiently maneuver your new Toyota and make it home safe!
Don’t panic when facing an emergency in your new Toyota!
Emergency #1: You’re stuck in the mud. If you find your new Toyota in Orlando stuck in the mud or sand, your first instinct is to panic and hit the gas to try and claw your way out of things. This will make it worse – your tires will spin and dig you in deeper! Instead, tap the gas lightly and then let the vehicle roll backwards. The momentum should help rock your new Toyota out of this sticky situation. You can also use your floormats – stick them under your Orlando Toyota’s tires for some traction!
Emergency #2: You hydroplane. This can easily happen when you’re driving in the rain, and a lot of new Toyota drivers slam on their brakes to try and counteract the sliding sensation. DON’T DO THIS! Slamming on the brakes and cause your car to skid out of control and fishtail, and it ups your chances of getting into an accident. Instead, remove your foot from the gas and try to steer until you’ve regained control of your ride. Regular Orlando Toyota service to keep your tires in good condition will help, too!
Emergency #3: You get a tire blowout. Tire blowouts can happen even if you’re driving a brand-new Toyota in Orlando – if you get a nail or screw stuck in your tire and create a weak spot, a blowout is inevitable after a certain amount of time. If you hear a loud POP that indicates a blowout, don’t panic. You’ll probably have a gut reaction to slam on the brakes and turn the steering wheel in the opposite direction of the tire that blew out, but don’t! Instead, keep your foot on the gas and try to steer through the blowout. Once you’ve regained control of the way your wheels are going, you can decelerate and safely come to a stop.
Maneuver your Orlando Toyota to safety
Emergency #4: Your brakes give out. Talk about scary – if you experience brake failure in your Toyota, it can be very, very dangerous. Here’s how to handle it – take your foot off of the gas, first. Then try pumping the brakes to see if you can restore pressure – smash that pedal to the floor! If you have a manual transmission, shift into a lower gear to slow yourself. You can also use your Toyota’s emergency brake if need be, but be sure to pull it slowly and steadily. Jerking it on will cause your car to skid!
Have questions about our Toyota safety tips? Call Toyota of Orlando today at (888) 725-3520!