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If your brakes fail on a downgrade, what should you do?

Escape ramps are designed with soft gravel, upgrades, or both, to slow down vehicles that experience brake failure on a downgrade. If your brakes have failed on a downgrade, use an escape ramp if it's available. Before you start a trip, learn the locations of escape ramps on your route. If no escape ramp is available, take the safest escape route you can, such as an open field or a side road that flattens out or turns uphill.