Vehicle Safety Requires Thinking Ahead: How Would You Handle These Situations? At NYE Automotive Group, we want every customer to turn into a repeat customer. Therefore, we strive to do two things: Provide excellent service so that you want to come back. Do our part to keep you and your vehicle safe so that you can come back. The latter depends partly on how well we service the car and provide vehicle safety checks to ensure that all of the safety systems are working properly. But it also depends on your own driving skill, especially in potentially dangerous situations. Since those situations provide little time to react, it is important to think about how you should handle such problems long before they happen. To help, here is some free advice on how to handle some potentially dangerous driving situations you may face. Emergency stop Anti-lock brake systems (ABS) have made this relatively common maneuver much simpler: Hit the brakes as hard as you can, and the ABS will ensure that you don’t go into a traction-killing skid. But skilled drivers can get non-ABS cars to stop about as quickly by performing the ABS function themselves, and applying just enough pressure that the brakes almost, but don’t quite, lock up. If the tires do begin to squeal, let off the brake pedal for the briefest of split seconds before pressing down again. Tire blowout That being said, a blown tire is one vehicle safety problem where you do not want to slam on the brakes or steer sharply. In fact, you want to steer straight ahead and briefly press the accelerator, to keep control of the car. Then, coast (don’t brake) to a stop. Sideways skid As even talking cartoon cars know, the correct procedure is to turn into the skid. What people often forget about is that you then have to immediately turn the wheel back the other way as soon as the tires regain traction. Otherwise, you will either turn right off the road or find yourself in a second, mirror-image skid. To ensure that you and your vehicle are capable of handling any situation that may arise, come in to NYE Automotive Group for a vehicle safety check — before the unexpected happens.