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How would you stop your car if your gas pedal got stuck?

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Do or Die: Speeding Out of Control

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How would you stop your car if your gas pedal got stuck?

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Thom Bottram
Thom Bottram

I say put the car in neutral cause if you turn the keys the steering will not work anymore (I am a dutch men i dont speek for an other country). then if you have it in neutral slowly engage the ebrake an try to slow your car down (DO NOT FULLY ENGAGE THE EBRAKE) cause then you wil block your rear wheels. 

Shannon Heithcock
Shannon Heithcock

I agree with Drew Barsalou, "it is impossible for the steering to lock if you turn off the vehicle while it is in gear". The first thing I would do, is turn the key off!  (I also told my wife and son not to take your advice, so, as to prevent catastrophic engine failure)  IMHO any other advise is bad advice.

Drew Barsalou
Drew Barsalou

In pre 1975 vehicles, frozen/kinked accelerator cables causing runaway acceleration was common place, and an easy fix was common knowledge to anyone that grew up in that era. (Other than changing the cable, that we couldn't afford.)


There are several errors in the episode. First off, it is impossible for the steering to lock if you turn off the vehicle while it is in gear. Secondly, putting the transmission in neutral while the vehicle is revving at 7000 rpm would only cause serious engine damage. Thirdly, I would turn the ignition off the ignition long before the vehicle reached any speed that was out of control. As soon as you lost control of acceleration, it's time to shut the vehicle down. Only an idiot would allow it to rev out of control.


Without the vehicle running, the brakes and steering still works. The less you apply the brakes, the more control you have over them. The steering still works, however it is manual steering, not much of a problem while the vehicle is rolling.