The issue of having a stuck gas pedal problem while driving has been well documented in the last year or so in the media, mainly as the result of automotive design malfunctions that require mass manufacturers recalls. Even in a vehicle that is designed correctly there is always a chance of a mechanical failure that can initiate a stuck gas pedal that has the possibility of creating tragic consequences. For these reasons it is important that every driver knows what actions to take in the event of a stuck gas pedal, not only for the sake of their own personal safety and for that of their passengers but for general public safety concerns as well.
When a stuck gas pedal occurs while driving it is imperative to remain calm and think clearly in order to respond appropriately. A quick survey of the road in front of you will reveal any immediate maneuvers that may be required to avoid other vehicles or pedestrians that may have the misfortune of being in your path. Once this is accomplished slowly and deliberately shift the vehicle’s transmission from drive to neutral, turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights and coast to a safe position on the closest shoulder of the road to the lane in which you are driving. Resist the urge to turn off the vehicle ignition while your car is in motion as this may also cause steering and brake systems to lock, resulting in an inability to control your vehicle.
Once you vehicle is safely removed from moving traffic and has come to a complete stop place the emergency brake in the “on” position. Turn the steering wheel until the car’s front wheels are pointed away from traffic and the ignition can now be turned to the “off” position.
In any case when a stuck gas pedal problem arises do not attempt to fix the mechanical problem yourself, and under no circumstances should a car that experiences this issue ever be driven before a complete inspection and repair is performed by a qualified auto mechanic.
A stuck gas pedal problem is one of those driving scenarios that should be addressed in thought by every driver, and especially by those younger people that may be new to driving. With a small amount of consideration and mental preparation in this area you can save your own life as well as those lives of those you may encounter while driving.