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
•Rain tends to make roadways slickest as
the rain just begins to fall.
• 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
• 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.
• 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
• 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.
• Steering can be difficult when driving in high-
• 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
• 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
• 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.
• 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.
• 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
• When threatened with a
head-on collision, you
should slow down as much
• 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
• If power steering fails, you can still steer, but
it will turn harder than before.
• 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.
• Most passenger-compartment fires
are caused by careless use of
• 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