Originally Posted by E90SLAM
Yes of course we're not in the hot seat when the shit hits the fan...we can clearly think...."put it in neutral, then foot on brake, and hand-brake."....
but how often do we mentally prepare and practice if anything happens. and even so, how effective can you preform under stress and family members scream and crying and panic at the rear....
You make a very good point. The guy also mentioned he had no brakes - I think we have to assume they were toasted before the call.
I was in a similar situation about 10 years ago when some plastic piece of the throttle broke in the automatic Ford I was driving at the time. I didn't think to put it in neutral right away, but luckily had a couple of green lights in front of me and no traffic so I had the time to trouble-shoot, find a place to get off the road and shut it down. I also had the added benefit that this all occurred at low speeds so my brakes were useful.