Every person should know
what to do when they are a passenger of a car of which the driver has lost
control. There are several situations where the passengers of the car simply do
not know what to do, and their proper and prompt reaction may be the difference
between life and death. There are several of you reading this, who might have
gone through exactly this but did not know what to do. There are a few steps
which you can take to minimize the damage which could be possibly caused. This
is applicable to both manual and automatic transmission automobiles.
Fasten your seatbelt if
you have not fastened it yet.
Raise the armrest, or push
yourself over it in order to have a better view of things. Make sure though
that you are steady enough to control the car.
Don’t try and reach the
brake pedal, as you cannot possibly do it and braking at high speeds may cause
further loss of control of the car.
Grab the wheel of the car
with your left hand and keep the car in one lane.
Check all the mirrors
possible to check for any cars around you, you may not be able to see them all
from the passenger seat though.
Turn on the flashers and
put the car on neutral.
Try and slowly guide the
car into the nearest emergency lane or clear area (wherever safe and possible)
In order to hasten up the
process you can try to apply the emergency brake located at either near the
armrest, or near the pedal. It is not advisable to do so in high speeds.
If you are not able to
locate the emergency brake, or are not able to apply it, then all you can do is
wait for the car to slow down on neutral. If there is a friend at the back, ask
them to help you.
If the emergency brake is
in your reach, before applying it make sure that your car is going straight.
You should grab hold of the emergency brake and gently pull the handle towards
yourself until the car has completely stopped. You may have to repeat the
process a few times depending on the speed of your car, again do not do it when
travelling on high speed.
Under no circumstances
should you jerk or pull up the emergency brake too quickly. This will cause the
car to further lose grip and skid / drift, which will increase the risk of the
car hitting some person or car, crash into a building or road side.Not so much in sedans, but in SUVs skidding
or drifting on high speeds will cause the vehicle to flip.
After the vehicle is
completely stopped, turn the car off and take the key out, unlock your doors
and go check up on the driver. Though we hope none of you have to apply these
tips any day, but still keeping them in mind may help you in a situation like