If your car is out of control and the brakes have failed, will putting it in the reverse gear slow down the car?

If your car is out of control and the brakes have failed, will putting it in the reverse gear slow down the car?
  • Do not turn ignition off. On a car made in the last few decades, this will lock the steering wheel.
  • Don't try to go into reverse gear. On a manual car, you'll grind the gears a bit and won't succeed. With automatic transmission, interlock won't let you shift into R.
  • Put hazard lights on and blow your horn.
  • Most common brake failure is the failure of the hydraulics.
  • Apply very firm pressure with both feet on the brake pedal. Use very significant force.
  • If that didn't help, use engine braking (downshift one gear at a time) to slow down. This works the same in automatic or manual car.
  • When in first gear, press the parking brake release button, then pull the parking brake up slowly, continuing to steer as you pull over and stop.
  • Breathe in.
  • Breathe out.

 

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