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Woman Jumped Out of Runaway Car

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The accelerator in Rebecca Storm's Honda Civic got stuck while she was driving. She saved herself by jumping out of her speeding car, reports "Good Morning America."


What should we do if our accelerators ever get stuck? We called our friend Mr. Traffic, a.k.a. Kenny Morse, for guidance.

"Knowing what to do in the unlikely case of a gas pedal sticking might save your life," he says. "First of all, this happens rarely. If you keep your wits about you and do not panic, it can make all the difference."

Here are his top tips:

1) Hit the pedal to make sure nothing is forcing it down.

2) PUT THE CAR IN NEUTRAL IMMEDIATELY and gently start to brake, being aware of the traffic around you. Pull the car to the side of the road as soon as possible.

3) The last resort is turning off the ignition, but you have to make sure that you do not lock the steering wheel, as you will lose your power in the brakes and steering. DO NOT try to drive the vehicle, as it will rev the engine to a dangerous level.

"Knowing what to do in a potential emergency is what makes a driver a good driver," Morse says. "Anyone can step on the gas and go straight, but do you know how to avoid a collision, or something like this?"

For more on how to deal with emergency situations, check out www.mrtraffic.com.


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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
Pamala June 14, 2010, 1:43 PM

Once again I’m amazed at people’s lack of ability to understand their cars. Put the car in neutral! How hard is that?

Pamala June 14, 2010, 6:36 PM

Pamala, until you’re in a situtation such as this, you have no business commenting the way you have.

Anonymous June 15, 2010, 11:18 AM

I agree with Pamela number 1 - put the darn thing in neutral. Its not that hard, been in a similar situation before. Its a lot easier than jumping out of an accelerating vehicle

Anonymous June 15, 2010, 11:19 AM

I agree with Pamela number 1 - put the darn thing in neutral. Its not that hard, been in a similar situation before. Its a lot easier than jumping out of an accelerating vehicle

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