Reacting to Brake Failure Quiz

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It is important to know how to react in the event of brake failure. Test your knowledge on reacting to brake failure with this quiz at HowStuffWorks.

How often does brake failure occur?

Complete brake failure in modern vehicles is rare, but it can happen. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-problems/brake-failure.htm">How Brake Failure Works</a>

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Brake failure is sometimes caused by defective brake parts, so it is important to:

Brake failure can be the result of a defective brake system from the manufacturer, so pay attention to recall notices. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-problems/brake-failure.htm">How Brake Failure Works</a>

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What is a common cause of temporary brake failure?

One common type of temporary brake failure occurs when the vehicle hydroplanes. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-problems/brake-failure.htm">How Brake Failure Works</a>

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What's the first thing you should do if you recognize that you are experiencing a hydroplane?

If you experience a hydroplane, remove your foot from the accelerator. Hold the steering wheel straight. Do not swerve or jerk the vehicle. This way, the vehicle will slow down and you can regain control of the car. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-problems/brake-failure.htm">How Brake Failure Works</a>

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What is it called when a driver downshifts to a lower gear in an effort to slow/stop their vehicle?

When a driver downshifts to a lower gear in an effort to stop/slow their vehicle, it is called engine-braking. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-problems/brake-failure.htm">How Brake Failure Works</a>

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When is it safe to engage the parking brake if your regular brakes fail?

Once the vehicle is moving at 30 mph or less, you can try engaging the parking brake. Because it is a separate system from the regular brakes, it should still work. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-problems/brake-failure.htm">How Brake Failure Works</a>

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Why does the parking brake still work if the regular brakes fail?

Your parking brake can work during brake failure because it is part of a different braking system in your car. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-problems/brake-failure.htm">How Brake Failure Works</a>

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What is a last resort for stopping your car if the brakes fail and the parking brake is ineffective?

As a final resort for stopping, put the car in reverse. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-problems/brake-failure.htm">How Brake Failure Works</a>

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Why is throwing the car into reverse a risky maneuver?

Throwing a car into reverse in an effort to stop brake failure is a risky maneuver because it can destroy the car. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-problems/brake-failure.htm">How Brake Failure Works</a>

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What are some signs to look out for when it comes to brake failure?

Many people notice either a leak or a sound before total brake failure occurs. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-problems/brake-failure.htm">How Brake Failure Works</a>

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