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Learn how to drive safely with the driving lessons in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Your car instruction manual
- A cell phone or public telephone
- Roadside assistance information
Remain calm. Assess your surroundings -- note the traffic, pedestrians, and intersections around you.
Warn other drivers
Turn on your hazard lights and honk your horn to warn other drivers.
Steer to a safe place
Find a clear place to steer toward so damage will be minimal. Shift to the lowest gear possible. If you have an automatic transmission, this is usually noted as D1 or L1.
Use the parking brake
Gently engage the handbrake or parking brake. If you apply it while you are moving fast and the car starts to skid, release it before you lose control of the vehicle.
Throw the car into reverse
Throw the car into reverse if you're unable to stop the car and are heading towards pedestrians.
Call roadside assistance
Call roadside assistance once you've stopped. Don't try to drive it again until it is fixed. Get out of your car and move a safe distance away from it while waiting for assistance.
Get your car checked out thoroughly
Have your car repaired. Also, contact your car’s manufacturer and make sure that it is not a manufacturing problem.