How to Handle It When Your Car Stalls

If you are driving down the road and your car suddenly dies, you need to know how to avoid a crash.


  • Step 1: Don’t panic Do not panic. Panic will only distort your judgment and increase your chances of causing an accident.
  • TIP: Steer the car to the shoulder of the road. You do not want to stop in the middle of traffic.
  • Step 2: Depress pedals Depress the clutch and brake pedals simultaneously.
  • Step 3: Put the car in neutral Place the shifter in neutral.
  • Step 4: Turn the key to start Turn the key to the start position until the engine is running. You may need to repeat this several times.
  • Step 5: Move the shifter to first Move the shifter to first gear.
  • Step 6: Work the pedals Slowly remove your foot from the clutch while slowly pressing down on the gas pedal. Proceed slowly.
  • Step 7: Drive Continue on your merry way.
  • FACT: In 1904 the Sturtevant brothers invented the first automatic transmission.

You Will Need

  • A car with a manual transmission
  • A cool head

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