Tag: emergencies

24 Posts

whats the best way to get out of a drowning sinking car
Oct 09, 2012

Today: What to Do When Your Car Is Underwater

Dear Car Talk

So you've driven your car into a lake? Don't panic! Tom and Ray explain how to escape from a car that's trapped in water.

emergencies

What to do if driver falls asleep
Nov 01, 2011

Today: What to Do When the Driver Loses Consciousness

Dear Car Talk

My husband was driving our Yukon on the highway cruise control set on when he passed out. He was in the left-hand lane of four lanes so I reached over, turned off the ignition and steered to the left hand shoulder.

emergencies safe driving tips

will a car on fire explode or eventualy put itself out
Apr 01, 2011

Is it enough to just walk away from a blazing car fire?

Dear Car Talk

Last week my fiancee's father was driving his 1987 Buick from the farm into town. A couple of hundred yards away from the house (and about .1 mile from the highway) on the gravel road, the car caught fire. Her dad, instead...

emergencies

what to do if your brakes stop working
Sep 01, 2010

What's the right way to stop safely, if your brakes fail?

Dear Car Talk

I just saw a few minutes of "Worst Case Scenario: Brakes Fail" on TV, and it seemed like they were suggesting the opposite of what I've always been told. Basically, the host was saying if you're going under 20 mph, then...

brakes safe driving tips emergencies

Sep 01, 2008

Just when should you use your emergency flashers?

Dear Car Talk

This has been an ongoing disagreement with my wife and others: When you pull to the side of the road for ANY reason OTHER than an EMERGENCY ("emergency" defined as: vehicle trouble, flat tire, heart attack, etc.), should you use...

emergencies lights etiquette

Jan 01, 2008

What should you do when your car goes into the water? Hear from a survivor.

Dear Car Talk

You recently answered a question about what to do if your car goes into the water. You asked if any of your readers had personal experience in this matter. I do. Here's my story. On June 17, 2006 (the eve of Father's...

emergencies

how can i save myself if my car goes off a bridge into water
Nov 01, 2007

How to Save Yourself if You and Your Car End Up in Water?

Dear Car Talk

Today: What steps should you take when you are in a car about to enter water? Car Talk weighs in on how to escape a car that is on its way under.

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in an emergency how can i escape from a car trapped underwater
Dec 01, 2004

How to keep from getting trapped underwater by failing electric windows.

Dear Car Talk

We recently had some major floods here and several people were trapped and died in their cars I'm guessing the electric windows were not functioning and the water pressure kept the doors from opening If you do find yourself trapped...

emergencies safety accidents

what is my obligation to other endangered drivers as a good samaritan who observes an accident
Dec 01, 2003

Was I right to not stop at the accident I had to swerve around?

Dear Car Talk

Driving on the highway at a m recently we are in the middle lane and we come over the crest of a slight hill There is a car stopped at an angle across the left and middle lanes Clearly there...

safe driving tips accidents emergencies

what do i do if the accelerator pedal in my car gets stuck
Nov 01, 2003

What to do if the accelerator pedal sticks to the floor?

Dear Car Talk

A friend was recently in an automobile accident when her accelerator pedal stuck on the Ford she was driving It made me think about what a person should do in that circumstance to stop the car in a safe manner...

emergencies safe driving tips