Do you drive a Toyota? Are you checking your floor mat? Spraying some WD-40 on your accelerator pedal? It’s pretty wild here about the recal and the stoppage of sales for the Auto giant in te last few days. The sales suspension and recall includes Toyota’s top-selling vehicle in North America, the Camry, for model years since 2007. Also included are the 2009-2010 model year RAV4, Corolla and Matrix, the 2008-2010 model year Sequoia, the 2007-2010 model year Tundra, the 2005-2010 model year Avalon and the 2010 model year Highlander.
I have thought, “What would I do if the accelerator got stuck while I was driving?” I am the kind of guy that likes to be ready for anything, so I took it upon myself to dream up some situations in my head, in case Honda ever has a problem or I’m ridding with a friend in their Toyota. Below are some different scenarios I played out in my mind.
1. I’m on the Interstate and it sticks. Well this is probably the safest place to be if it happens, Hey everyone else in Atlanta drives 95 miles an hour even with Georgia’s new super speeder law in effect. I would just continue to drive the Interstate -285 (also known as the Atlanta Motor Speedway) until I ran out of gas and the car came to a stop. There would be no damage of my car unless cars rammed into the back of me being impatient trying to get to work and home. This of course would not work during the Rush hour traffic times and I need to continue to think more.
2. I’m in the suburbs and side streets of Metro Atlanta. Driving around in the smaller streets and my accelerator sticks. Hmmm, I immediately look for something not to large or hard and immoveable to slow my car down to a stop. Lots of things came to mind like, small trees or shrubs grouped together that I could run over to create a decrease in inertia, A neighbors above-ground swimming pool (it would also wash my car which is badly needed), or a line of mailboxes in a neighborhood that would slow me down one at a time. This situation might have some minor damage to my car and to property so probably not the best solution either.
All joking aside, I guess I just should take the following advice given by Toyota if my car’s accelerator happens to stick and send you into a panic.
1. Press the brake, and shift the car into neutral.
2. Slowing down using the brake pedal until you come to a complete stop.
*Do not turn of the car off as you will lose your power-steering and will make it difficult to turn and you may end up off-road.
I hope that none of you never actually find yourself in the situation to begin with, but if you do, don’t panic and remember those two rules above. If you want to get on the evening news you can play out one of my scenarios, but I wouldn’t recommend it.