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  • 1. Unit # 6 • If your car overheats, never attempt to remove the radiator cap while the engine is still hot - -the hot liquid inside will spew out and scald you. •ABS brakes help prevent your brakes from locking up in an emergency braking situation. •When driving in rain, snow, fog or other bad weather, be sure to have on your low beam headlights and drive at a slower speed. •Rain tends to make roadways slickest as the rain just begins to fall.
  • 2. • In normal conditions your stopping distance at night needs to be within the range that your headlights light up. • Do not use the cruise control on slippery roads. • On wet roads you can get better traction by following in the tire tracks of the vehicle ahead of you. • The car’s temperature light/gauge warns you that the engine is overheating.
  • 3. • When an oncoming vehicle fails to switch from high to low beam headlights, slow down and glance to the right edge of the road. • Car speed, tire tread, and water on the road all have a factor in whether or not your car hydroplanes. • Use high beam headlights when you are driving in the country (not city) an no other vehicles are coming toward you. • If you get stuck in snow, you might be able to get out by rocking the car back and forth.
  • 4. • Steering can be difficult when driving in high- wind conditions. • If you start to skid sideways, steer in the direction you want the car to go. • When a front wheel drops off the roadway, avoid hard braking and returning suddenly to the roadway. The greater the drop-off, the harder it will be to maintain steering control. • If water is over the road, do not attempt to drive through it. Turn around and find an alternate route.
  • 5. • Swerving should be a last-second emergency means of avoiding a collision. • In a heavy rain, it might be necessary for you to pull off the road and wait for the storm to go on by before going further. • If the accelerator sticks, try to un-stick it by pulling up with your toe. Shift the car into neutral if that doesn’t work.
  • 6. • If the sun is bothering your vision, use sunglasses and the sun visor to allow you to better see while driving. • Bridges might freeze up before the roadway on either side, since cold air circulates above & below the bridge roadway. • If the hood of your car flies open while you are driving, look through the crack below the hood or out the left window.
  • 7. • If you use high-beam headlights in bad weather, you will have more light reflected back into your eyes. Instead, use low beams. • Do not set the parking brake if you have been driving in snow or slush – the brake cable might freeze “open”, not allowing you to disengage. • When threatened with a head-on collision, you should slow down as much as possible.
  • 8. • If your car goes into a lake, try to open the window closest to the surface/shore. • When a tire blows out, the car has a tendency to pull in the same direction as the side the tire blew out. You should immediately grip the steering wheel firmly with both hands. Do NOT brake hard! • If power steering fails, you can still steer, but it will turn harder than before.
  • 9. • If the car dies while you are driving, maintain steering control, shift the car into neutral, take the foot off the accelerator, & attempt to restart the car. If it won’t, pull over to the side of the road. • If you apply the brake, but it pushes all the way to the floor, immediately pump the brake 3-4 times rapidly to build up fluid pressure. If that fails, try using the manual park brake. Parking brake
  • 10. • Most passenger-compartment fires are caused by careless use of matches, etc. • If you enter a curve to fast, brake moderately to slow down. • At night, if your headlights fail, immediately get off the road. • If your car stalls on the railroad tracks, run away from the tracks in the direction the train is approaching.