As an important part in vehicle, power steering system determines the safe driving. If the power steering system is failure, the steering wheel will become hard to control. Therefore, it will cause accident. Let’s see some serious accidents.
On May 10th, a Tesla Mold S suddenly crashed into a tree during the driving. Further the car was burned and cause 2 persons die. According to initial investigation, the autosteer system is unavailable at that time. In order to make sure the truth, National Transportation Safety Board test a same car in the same road section. But the result is unbelievably the same that the autosteer system is unavailable.
In January, 2022, Mr. Liu purchased a brand new Audi Q5. On June 17th, the power steering system suddenly failed when driving on the road. Fortunately, the driver was safe and didn’t cause traffic accident. Mr. Liu said that the steering system suddenly failed without any omen. Then the steering wheel became very heavy.
From the examples we can see how dangerous the power steering system failure is. Then what shall we do when it happened?
First, when you find the steering wheel is hard and heavy to turn, release the accelerator and slow down the speed, then drive the car to a safe place.
Second, If the situation allow you drive forward, never brake urgently. Because that will cause rollover in a high speed running. The correct methods is release the accelerator and pull up the hand brake in a even speed. Therefore the speed will down until stop.
Third, if it’s not allowed to drive straightly and the accident is unavailable, you should brake continuously. This will make the car stop in a shot time and reduce the stop distance. More important, it can reduce the impact strength.
Last, when doing above emergency measures, you should also give alert signal to other vehicles and pedestrians like honk.
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