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While you are driving a vehicle that does NOT have an anti-lock braking system (ABS), your brakes fail. What should you do first?

A Shift into lower gears.

If you do NOT have antilock brakes, downshift to slow the vehicle down, then pump the brake pedal hard and fast. This will often build up enough brake pressure to allow you to stop. If that does not work, apply the parking brake slowly while holding down the release lever or button.