When something unexpected happens, you may need to stop suddenly while keeping control of your car.

Where should you practise this?

Start in an empty carpark, then once you've mastered it move to a flat street with no traffic. Pick somewhere you can make sudden stops without getting in the way of other traffic or causing a crash.

  • Start in dry conditions to begin with. If the driving surface is wet, it will be much harder for you to keep control of your car.
  • Start at a lower speed, such as 20-30 km/h and once you’re comfortable with that move up to 40-50 km/h or higher.

Tips for stopping suddenly

First check if your car has anti-lock braking system. You'll find the ABS logo on the steering wheel.

If your car has ABS

  1. Brake as hard as you can and keep your foot on the brake, even when the pedal vibrates.
  2. While braking, keep looking ahead to where you need to go.
  3. Keep both hands on the wheel and steer around any obstacles.

If your car doesn't have ABS

  1. Push gently down on the brake at first, then increase pressure.
  2. If the wheels lock, ease off the brake for a moment, then put it back on.
  3. While braking, keep looking ahead to where you need to go.
  4. Keep both hands on the wheel and steer around any obstacles.

Driving a manual car?

  • Whether it has ABS or not, always brake first. 
  • If you have time, push in the clutch just before your stop. 
  • Don't worry if you stall. Stopping safely is more important.

Tyre condition

Make sure that your tyres are always in good condition. Check they have enough tread as this can help you stay in control when braking suddenly.

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