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If your brakes fail, and your wheels
are not turned, carefully use your park
brake to slow your vehicle. You may be
able to shift to a lower gear to bring your
vehicle to a safe and controlled stop.
Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for
more information.

Park your vehicle in a safe location.
Do not drive until the brakes have been
checked and repaired properly.

Power steering failure

If your power steering fails, you can still
steer the vehicle. You will have to use extra
effort to turn the steering wheel.

Tire failure

If a tire has an air leak you may feel,
through the steering wheel, the vehicle
begin to pull and a vibration as you hold
the steering wheel. If this air leak is not
corrected soon, the tire will become flat.
When a front tire is flat, the vehicle will
pull strongly to the side that has the flat
tire. A flat rear tire may make your vehicle
weave. You may find it hard to steer.

If a tire goes flat while you are driving,
the following tips will help:
• Resist the urge to immediately apply
   the brakes.
• Take your foot off the gas pedal and
   allow the engine to slow you down.
• Hold the steering wheel with a firm
   grip. Keep the vehicle on a straight
   course by looking and steering in the
   direction you want to go.
• When you have the vehicle under
   control and speed is reduced, apply
   the  brake with gentle and steady
   pressure.
 

• Safely move to the emergency
   stopping lane or edge of the road and
   park in a safe place.
• Turn on your hazard warning lights.

Headlight failure

If both headlights fail, do the following:
• Turn on your hazard lights.
• Turn the headlight control off and on.
• If the headlights are still not on,
   reduce your speed, safely move to the
   emergency stopping lane or edge of
   the road, and park in a safe place.

 Note: Replace a headlight or headlight 
bulb as soon as it burns out. Driving with 
only one headlight increases the risk of 
being without both headlights.

Challenging
conditions

When road conditions are poor due to
bad weather, allow more time for your
trip. Increase your following distance,
reduce your speed and maintain your
space cushion.

DRIVING AT NIGHT:

When you are driving at night or at any
time when you cannot see clearly 150
metres (500 feet) in front of you, you must
turn your headlights on. Daytime running
lights are not bright enough to be used at
night. They are too dim and the tail-lights
and instrument panel lights will not be on.

CHAPTER SIX                                                     EMERGENCY SITUATIONS AND CHALLENGING CONDITIONS  79

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