Life saving driving tips

I saw a news report today related to a school bus. The driver of the bus had a perfect driving record. He ran thru a stop light and caused a very very serious accident. The news reporter was not able to determine why the
driver failed to stop at the light. Some people speculated that the gas pedal stuck or that his brakes failed to work.
I realize that most people that subscribe to this newsgroup probably already know these secrets. Even if you do know these secrets, please make sure that everyone in your family is informed of these secrets. I've talked to several people and only one person knew both secrets.
The first secret: If your brakes stop working, remove your foot from the gas pedal. Place the gear shift in neutral. Use your signal light to let the driver behind you know that you are going to turn right. Drift off the road. Use the emerg. brakes to stop.
If your gas pedal sticks--follow the advice above. However, you should use your regular brakes to come to a stop.
Don't do what the bus driver probably done which was to crash the vehicle in order to bring it to a stop.
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On 2005-05-09 snipped-for-privacy@nospam.com(Jason) said: >Newsgroups: alt.autos.honda
>If your brakes stop working, remove your foot from the gas pedal. >Place the gear shift in neutral. And lose all your engine braking? I geared down and shut off the ignition switch, brought that '73 International 3/4 ton crew-cab to a quick stop (300+ cu. in. V-8).
>If your gas pedal sticks--follow the advice above. And blow your engine.
Did I just feed a !@$#!@#%$#$^%@$&*() troll?
Probably a 12 yr. old kid, never driven anything bigger than a kiddie car.
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The first thing that comes to mind is, that is why news reporters aren't accident scene investigators.

It's a good thing these answers are secrets, because they could kill or injury you and others.

You do not want to take the vehicle out of gear for this situation. You need to keep control of the vehicle. Do so, by taking your foot off the accelerator, and using the emergency brake to slow down. This action combined with engine braking will enable you to come to a controlled stop. You do not want to drift off the road, unless it is apparent that you are going to hit an oncoming vehicle head on. In which case it is less dangerous to you to hit a fixed object, rather than an object moving in the opposite direction.

Again you're giving information that is dangerous if followed. Yes, take your foot off the accelerator, place the gear shift lever in neutral and while using the service brakes, give the accelerator pedal a couple of kicks to see if it frees up and allows the engine speed to return to normal. If it does, then place the vehicle in gear again and come to a normal stop. If the engine speed does not return to normal simply come to a stop out of the traffic.

This is pure speculation on your part (and others), that have no idea what actually happened in regards to this collision.

I have done so.
Brian
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good advice Brian. any good driving tips should not be 'secret'.

The first thing that comes to mind is, that is why news reporters aren't accident scene investigators.

It's a good thing these answers are secrets, because they could kill or injury you and others.

You do not want to take the vehicle out of gear for this situation. You need to keep control of the vehicle. Do so, by taking your foot off the accelerator, and using the emergency brake to slow down. This action combined with engine braking will enable you to come to a controlled stop. You do not want to drift off the road, unless it is apparent that you are going to hit an oncoming vehicle head on. In which case it is less dangerous to you to hit a fixed object, rather than an object moving in the opposite direction.

Again you're giving information that is dangerous if followed. Yes, take your foot off the accelerator, place the gear shift lever in neutral and while using the service brakes, give the accelerator pedal a couple of kicks to see if it frees up and allows the engine speed to return to normal. If it does, then place the vehicle in gear again and come to a normal stop. If the engine speed does not return to normal simply come to a stop out of the traffic.

This is pure speculation on your part (and others), that have no idea what actually happened in regards to this collision.

I have done so.
Brian
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Thanks, that's how I feel too.
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