Turn off the engine. Use the key and shut it off. End of story. Besides- "Sudden acceleration" in a smart might be a refreshing change!
As an interesting side note, the Maryland Drivers Test has the question "What should you do if the accelerator sticks?" The correct answer is "Shift to Neutral."
This was on the test long before Toyota's problems became news.
Yeah.... but doing that isn't the greatest thing either, jwight. it IS a manual... but shifting it into neutral would pretty much automatically make the rpm's peg at the top... unless they have a safety shut-off if such a situation came up.
Thank you Mr. Lewis, putting the transmission into neutral seems like the only thing I can do, and I think you're right about the brakes on a smart, they work real well, should be able to stop the car at any speed.
It seems to me that I read somewhere that when you're standing in a light, and you press the brakes real hard, the transmission goes into neutral. I don't remember where I read that. But I will try it next time I'm standing. Thank you. Alex
"do not turn off the engine. but do put the trans in neutral. By turning off the engine you lose power steering and power brakes, needed to control your Smart. Some of the Toyota drivers should have known this. Basic driving 101."
Here's a little experiment every smart owner can do themselves. Find a small stretch of open road. At around 40 mph shift into N and turn off the engine. Steer the car to the side of the road and apply the brakes to bring the car to a stop. Steers fine. stops fine. If it was a Mustang or similar heavy car then power steering is helpful but not critical. Power brakes/ power assist help a great deal as well. But it is a smart car and weighs vey little. It steers and stops without any power assist just fine.