Having your car or truck stall while you are driving it, especially if you are on a freeway, is one of those nightmare scenarios you hope to never experience or even witness. However, such incidents are a reality and one that you should prepare for just in case.
ConsumerReports.org released some tips that could prove handy if your vehicle stalls while you are driving it:
- Try to remain calm.
- Keep your eyes on the road.
- Attempt to find a place to pull over and stop in case you need to do so.
- If you lose the power steering and power brakes, remember you can still steer and stop the car. It just will require more effort and take longer.
- It may be possible to put the vehicle in neutral, restart it while it is still moving and then put it back in drive.
- If the car will not restart, pull over to the side of the road and apply the brakes if possible.
According to WKBD-TV, The Center for Auto Safety, a nonprofit advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader, is seeking an investigation into reported power system failures in Chrysler vehicles. The nonprofit group wants the U.S. government to look at the issue, which it alleges could cause certain Chrysler vehicles to stall while being driven.
The Center for Auto Safety claims it has received more than 70 complaints about electrical control modules in Chrysler vehicles that are malfunctioning. The group contends that when the modules stop working in traffic, the vehicles stall and anything in them that is controlled by electricity shuts down.
Some Chrysler models that are mentioned in The Center for Auto Safety’s allegations include the:
- Jeep Wrangler
- Ram pickup truck
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Dodge Durango
- Dodge Journey
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