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Reacting to Brake Failure Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • Rarely
  • Often
  • Intermittently

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

  • Drive with caution
  • Pay attention to recall notices
  • Drive as little as possible

What is a common cause of temporary brake failure?

  • Cracked pistons
  • Rusty brake pads
  • Hydroplanes

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

  • Remove your foot from the accelerator
  • Turn the steering wheel in the opposite direction that the car is moving
  • Pump the brakes

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

  • Engine braking
  • Engine slowing
  • Killing the engine

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

  • When the car is moving 30 mph or less
  • When the car is moving 50 mph of less
  • Never

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

  • It is a separate braking system from the regular brakes
  • It required no friction
  • All of the above

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

  • Throw the car into reverse
  • Throw the car into neutral
  • Throw the car into park

Why is throwing the car into reverse a risky maneuver?

  • It can destroy the car
  • It is only partially effective
  • It is illegal

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

  • Leaky brakes
  • Squeaky brakes
  • All of the above