Safety & Accident

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Brake Failure

June 01, 2014

VIDEO: What to Do If Your Brakes Go Out

Editor's note: Photo courtesy of Kaptainkobold/Flickr.

Though brake failure is certainly a rare occurrence, all your fleet drivers should be familiar with procedures on how to respond to such a frightening driving emergency.

When brakes stop responding, some drivers mistakenly assume they should start pumping the brakes. But if the vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes, this isn’t the right step to take.

Here is a video, produced by, in which AAA’s Bill Van Tassel offers advice on how to cope with brake failure. He also explains the general difference between anti-lock brakes and regular brakes, and provides advice on how to slow down and eventually stop a car when all braking power is lost.

Click on the photo or link above to watch the video.

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