Press down on the brake pedal. If it goes straight to the floor and offers little or no resistance, your brake system has lost pressure.
To restore pressure, rapidly pump the brake pedal up and down. After a few seconds, enough pressure can build to stop the vehicle. If not, it’s time for Plan B.
Try to stop using the parking brake. Keep the release button depressed and vary the pressure applied to the brakes. Do this slowly. Don’t pull the handle up quickly or you could spin out of control.
Wet conditions can dampen brake pads and make them stop working. Take your foot off the accelerator and apply moderate brake pressure. This creates heat to dry the brake pads. You may be able to stop within a few seconds.
If brakes get too hot, they lose stopping power. Riding brakes down a long or steep hill can cause brake fade. To prevent it, shift to a lower gear, using the engine to slow you down.
If you’re braking for long periods of time, occasionally take your foot off the brake pedal for a few seconds. This lets the brakes cool down.
If your brakes begin to fade, pull off the road. Wait for them to cool before continuing on.