What to do if your car suddenly accelerates

What should you do if your car suddenly accelerates? Here are three ways to stop the vehicle, according to Toyota:

– Step on the brake pedal with both feet using firm and steady pressure. Do not pump the brakes.

– Shift the transmission gear selector into neutral. Use the brakes to make a controlled stop by the side of the road.

– If you’re unable to put the vehicle in neutral, turn off the engine. This will cut off power assist to the steering wheel and brakes, but as long as the key is in the ignition, you will still be able to steer and brake. If you have an engine start/stop button, press it firmly for three seconds to turn the engine off. Do not tap it. If you have a conventional key ignition, turn the ignition key to the ACC position. Do not remove the key from the ignition.

The Associated Press

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