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What Would You Do If Your Car’s Gas Pedal Gets Stuck?

There could be a few reasons why your gas pedal gets stuck, but do you know what to do if something like this happens?

It does not happen very often, but it is possible for your car’s gas pedal to get stuck. Obviously, the situation can be frightening and traumatizing (not to mention it is extremely dangerous). But if you stay calm and act accordingly, it can be overcome.

Usually, a broken or faulty gas pedal is due to mechanical malfunctions. It can also be caused by a floor mat that has wedges preventing the pedal from working accordingly. Not to worry, though – there is a strategy to counter this scary situation.

A gas pedal getting stuck rarely happens, but when it does, it can be extremely dangerous.

Source: Consumerist

A video featuring a terrifying scene where a car’s gas pedal gets stuck in the middle of the road is making rounds on Facebook. The woman driver can be heard screaming on top of her lungs, as she does not know what to do. And no matter how she hits the brake pedal, it doesn’t work – the car is still racing at a speed of 175 horsepower. Although she is successful in contacting the authorities, she is still helpless. They are even having a hard time moving past her.

One of the common causes of a stuck gas pedal is the car’s floor mat.

Source: Inautonews

So, what do you think you’d do if your car’s gas pedal is malfunctioning?

  1. Would you use the emergency brake and steer onto the shoulder?
  2. Would you rather jam the car into Neutral?
  3. Would you turn the car engine off instead?
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The right thing to do is to jam the car into neutral, disabling its ability to accelerate faster and further. If you think it’s not a good choice, watch the video. You will learn why the other options will only make things worse. For example, despite hitting the brake pedal so hard, the vehicle will continue to accelerate.

Believe it or not, the answer is to put the car into neutral. By disengaging the transmission, you are disconnecting the gears that help provide speed and acceleration. And even if the car continues to race, you have cut off its ability to accelerate further. Of course, you still need to try hitting the brakes. With the engine no longer engaged, the brake system will work eventually until you hit a full stop.

43 Comments

  1. Angeline Nebres

    March 23, 2018 at 6:52 AM

    Oo nga nmn next week pa nmn eh!!

  2. Richard Nebres Nares

    March 22, 2018 at 1:35 PM

    sa petsa 28 pa man mamita,,

  3. Terry Bonacci

    March 21, 2018 at 6:19 PM

    Put it in neutral.

  4. Cindy DeWitt

    March 21, 2018 at 3:55 AM

    Slam it in park and drop the transmission, lol

  5. Lourd Eryn S. Angeles

    March 21, 2018 at 2:34 AM

    Clutch n neutral then brakes… no shifting to lower or higher gear as it can and will damage the crankshaft and make things worse… but that is for light vehicle. For heavy vehicles… pray that no one else is around you.

  6. Irwin Gamboa

    March 20, 2018 at 7:12 PM

    It’s all depends the situation and location i can only tell when iam on the driver seat

  7. Maxim Orlov

    March 20, 2018 at 6:55 PM

    Press clutch, switch to neutral, press brakes. If its automatic transmission switch to neutral , then brakes. Then switch off the engine upon stoppage .

  8. Ryle Czai

    March 20, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    Gerald

  9. Yew Wai Khong

    March 20, 2018 at 12:23 PM

    I have been driving an auto gear bus and the engine died off at a curb, the only thing I can do was grab hard on the sterling and pray for god🙏🙏😅and I was lucky to made it done😂

  10. Yew Wai Khong

    March 20, 2018 at 12:14 PM

    First step, change to gear 3 engine brake, second, to gear 2 slower some more, finally to gear 5, engine die off👍no neutral pls as the car will dash even faster😬

    • Yew Wai Khong

      March 20, 2018 at 6:58 PM

      Car wont accelerate on neutral . only engine will rev .

  11. Alexander Graham Bell

    March 20, 2018 at 11:49 AM

    Press reset and restart the game

  12. Debb Miller

    March 20, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    I’ll take a guess but apply the brakes then use the hand brake. Shouldn’t the car stop then.

  13. Alex Ajiguna

    March 20, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Close your eyes n screeeeaaaaaam

  14. Rowena Parani

    March 20, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Frontrow Mervin Parani

  15. Ken-Ken Go Aquino

    March 20, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    I’ll take note of this one.

  16. Mae Escarro

    March 20, 2018 at 8:11 AM

    Nick Philip Geronimo

  17. Felise Humbe

    March 20, 2018 at 7:41 AM

    So which is the right thing to do now from all these responses, especially if you are in heavy traffic.

  18. Ray McAuley

    March 20, 2018 at 6:58 AM

    turn off the key and coast to a stop. If you just put it in neutral the engine will rev so high who knows what would happen

  19. Brad Hudson

    March 20, 2018 at 6:05 AM

    Put on your hazard lights on get onto the shoulder of the road and turn off ignition and most importantly stay calm

  20. Fifi Lo

    March 20, 2018 at 4:58 AM

    N

  21. Alan Villarias

    March 20, 2018 at 4:49 AM

    If I were in that situation; I will turn the engine key off.. (don’t take out the key Or your steering wheel will lock)…turn the signal light to change lane(left lane, slower lane), liberally apply brake…don’t shift to neutal yet, with engine looses power, it can serve as engine brake (with engine off, the hydrovac losses power too, foot brake may reduce braking effect) assist braking by pulling hand brake….I must be now safely on the road shoulder fully stopped. I may now shift my gear to neutral…

  22. Roosevelt Nunnery

    March 20, 2018 at 4:24 AM

    Pull the emergency brakes slowly

  23. Rolando Suriben

    March 20, 2018 at 3:21 AM

    Pray

  24. Cheryl Trelford

    March 20, 2018 at 2:59 AM

    Put it in neutral

  25. Cherry Paydo-an Bogawit

    March 20, 2018 at 2:18 AM

    Paolo Delos Santos

  26. Ra Mil

    March 20, 2018 at 1:53 AM

    Wow! So many good drivers here. But in reality, panic, struggle, and bump into another car or hit the big tree instead. Just joking!

  27. Torak Sangma

    March 20, 2018 at 1:51 AM

    If emergency, just hit the clutch and use brakes… That’s the fastest thing that one can do to stop a car

  28. Rosseo B. Ramones

    March 20, 2018 at 1:41 AM

    Pray then pray and pray again

  29. B B-raña E-mmy

    March 20, 2018 at 1:32 AM

    Roduel Ian Brana Joruel Braña

  30. Mangere Teka

    March 20, 2018 at 1:31 AM

    If there’s a bank drive into it to slow the car down

  31. Joelle Jex M. Estudillo

    March 20, 2018 at 1:19 AM

    Turn to neutral

  32. James Wc Ng

    March 20, 2018 at 1:18 AM

    Eunice Tan

  33. Kashish Sharma

    March 20, 2018 at 1:14 AM

    Never turn off the engine, as it will make it harder to control the car, power steering and power brakes might fail to assist if car is turned off.
    Instead, use the power of engine breaking.
    (Manual Transmission)
    Switch to 1st Gear to slow down a bit..
    Immediately switch into neutral..
    Keep applying brakes,
    as soon as car is in control,
    apply handbrake as well.
    Pray for the safety of others 🙂

  34. Joseph Spencer

    March 20, 2018 at 1:11 AM

    Turn the key to off!

  35. Judy Whitney

    March 20, 2018 at 12:56 AM

    Throw it in neutral

  36. Chris-Rhose Andrade

    March 20, 2018 at 12:54 AM

    Drive it off somewhere where no ones around and jump off it lol

  37. Jack Chen

    March 20, 2018 at 12:16 AM

    Put it in neutral. Brake. Done.

  38. Janth Rola

    March 20, 2018 at 12:06 AM

    Switch off the ignition. If manual, press clutch to release the gears before switching off the ignition then shift down to neutral then brake.

    • Janth Rola

      March 20, 2018 at 12:16 AM

      Some of the newer cars is a push button and sometimes wont turn off the ignition is there other way

    • Janth Rola

      March 20, 2018 at 12:53 AM

      If its manual try doing an engine break. By shifting down your gear then slowly press your break pedal.

    • Janth Rola

      March 20, 2018 at 10:23 AM

      Yeah n the steer get locked

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