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How To Handle These 7 Scary Driving Horror Stories


What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “driving horror stories”? If you’re a fan of everything paranormal, you might be thinking of seeing a lady in white crossing the street at 2 am while you’re making your way through the poorly-lit streets.

But driving horror stories are beyond just that – we’re talking about real nightmares like malfunctioning brakes when you’re driving downhill or getting trapped inside your car that’s submerged in flash flood.

There are nerve-racking driving situations you never want to be in. The good thing is they can be prevented if you have the knowledge and skills. They can also be handled well if you make the right decisions the moment they arise.

Here, we’ll share how to handle 7 scary driving scenarios which can save your life.


1. The brakes are not working

Driving downhill, only to find out your brakes aren’t working is a nightmare for every driver. The good news is it’s possible to safely stop your car even if the brakes are failing.

How to handle:

  • Keep tapping on your brakes. Chances are that the pads are worn-out and the fluid is out so you need to keep pumping to kick them into gear.
  • Avoid the accelerator. The only way to stop is to slow down first, to a manageable speed of fewer than 20 miles per hour.
  • Move to a safer position on the road, perhaps an open space to move into for safely slowing down. The right lane or road shoulder are perfect choices.
  • Signal the other drivers using blinkers or hazard lights.
  • Apply the emergency brake if the car is slowing down but the brake pedal is still not working. Just make sure to do it gradually, to avoid putting a strain on the braking system and cause a rollover.

Worst scenario: you need to stop as quickly as you can but are still traveling with speed. I’m sorry but you may need to consider crash landing. Look for shrubs, bushes, sand, or tall grass that provide a gentler stop. Avoid bumping on into trees, lamp posts, or other cars.

2. There’s an oncoming car on your lane

No matter how careful you are, it’s still possible to get into an accident if the other drivers aren’t as cautious as you are – like in this situation.

How to handle:

  • Don’t stop. Try to get its attention. Honk and flash your lights while planning a way to avoid them.
  • Instead of staring at the oncoming car, focus on where you want to go.

3. The sun and headlight glares are blinding you

Scary things don’t only appear in the dark – sometimes they can be seen in broad daylight, literally. Sun and headlight glares account for several car accidents all over the world.

How to handle:

  • Sun glares are the worst during early morning and late afternoon. Make sure to wear polarized sunglasses when driving during these hours.
  • Don’t look directly into the sun or oncoming headlights. Instead, look toward the right edge of your lane.
  • Don’t slam on the brakes or swerve. You could pose a danger both to yourself and the other commuters around you.
  • Do your best to stay in your lane and remain predictable to other drivers.

4. You’re about to be rear-ended

You’ve come to a stop, but you notice the car behind you is traveling at a faster speed. Unluckily, you’re about to be rear-ended.

How to handle:

  • Take your foot off the brake pedal. This way, if the vehicle behind slams you, your own vehicle will roll forward, lessening the severity of the impact.

5. You’ve had a tire blowout

The sound of the explosion alone is enough to scare an unsuspecting driver. But what’s scarier is a burst tire account for 78,000 crashes every year.

How to handle:

  • Hold onto the steering wheel. Once you hear the loud boom, grip the steering wheel tightly with both hands to help you stay in control and minimize any chance of swerving.
  • Keep your foot on the gas pedal. Don’t trust your first instincts – don’t slam the brake. Instead, gently depress the gas pedal to allow you to control the vehicle.
  • Keep the car moving in a straight line.
  • Let the car slow down gradually. Once it’s under 25 miles per hour, you may begin braking.

6. Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning occurs when the wheels don’t properly grip the surface of the road. This occurs commonly during or after the rain. The scary part? The car skids or slides across the road with no traction.

How to handle:

  • Avoid the brakes. It can cause the rear wheels to lock, leading to fishtailing or a spin out.
  • Signal other drivers and put hazard lights on
  • Guide the car gently to safety: If you have a front wheel drive/ anti-lock brakes (ABS) and traction control, ease on the accelerator to a safe area until you can control your car. If you have a rear wheel drive, don’t accelerate as you steer into the direction of safety.
  • When safe, get your car off the road and come to a stop.

7. Your car gets submerged in water

Whether it’s a horrendous flash flood or your car accidentally fell on a nearby body of water, getting your car engulfed underwater is one of the worst nightmares for car owners. Not only it destroys your car, but it jeopardizes your life too

How to handle:

  • Move as quickly as you can to make your way to the surface.
  • If it’s impossible to open the doors, roll your window down ASAP. The power will go out once the car’s battery gets submerged, which means you won’t be able to control anything inside. Escape through the windows.
  • Can’t roll it down? Break the window using a shoe, targeting the corners.
  • You can also detach your headrest and use one of the metal prongs to crash the window. This is where keeping a hammer in the compartment comes in handy.

Author Bio: Mina Natividad is one of the daytime writers for TuffSeat Car Seat Covers, a leading supplier of genuine accessory seat covers to the Australian car market, offering vehicle-specific covers for top brands including. Toyota, Holden, Ford, Mitsubishi, Hino, Fuso, Isuzu Trucks, and more. She loves writing about automobiles, travel, and lifestyle.

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