In a weird instance, a VW Virtus starts moving on its own and ends up crashing into another vehicle. Such cases are quite rare. It is not common that the parking brake of a new car could fail so easily. Still, that is what the owner is claiming. Virtus is a premium mid-size sedan from the German car marque. It has revived the depleting sales of VW cars in India after the departure of the Polo premium hatchback. Hence, the car in this incident is brand new. Let us take a look at the details of this weird occurrence.
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VW Virtus Starts Moving Automatically
This video comes from Nikhil Rana on YouTube. This channel regularly uploads content around the performances of popular vehicles during undesirable circumstances, as well as road safety. On this occasion, a weird case has emerged which has been recorded on CCTV. As per the details in the video, the sedan started moving automatically after being parked in the same spot for over five hours. The video shows the vehicle going downhill and crashing into another vehicle on the side of the road. That is when it comes to a standstill.
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Now, while the owner claims that this is a parking brake failure, we think that it is entirely possible that the owner didn’t engage the handbrake properly. It is common that a car remains stable for some time even if the parking brake is not properly engaged and then starts moving. That looks like something which could have happened here. Hence, instead of thinking that there is some issue with the new vehicle, we must adopt appropriate techniques while parking the cars on a slope.
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What We Think
We would like to lend out some handy tips for our readers to tackle such situations. While a large part of the country has plains, there are some hilly and mountainous topographies in some other parts as well. It is an everyday task to park and drive vehicles up and down the slopes for people here. Hence, it becomes crucial to have enough knowledge about how to park. If you have parked your vehicle with its face facing downhill, you must put the car in reverse gear in addition to ensuring that the hand brake is properly engaged. Similarly, if the front is facing the hill, you must park the vehicle in first gear. Furthermore, if the slope is too inclined, you can place a small rock in front of the tyres. Make sure to take it away when you want to drive.
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