Updated at: 16-07-2022 - By: Lucas

It’s not uncommon for drivers to wonder about their vehicles. For example, a client recently inquired about the consequences of turning off your car’s motor while you’re driving. It’s a case-by-by basis.

Vehicles built in the 1950s and 1960s have basic mechanisms that allow the key to be removed without damaging the vehicle. Unlike today’s automobiles, these vehicles offer fewer options. It is hard to turn off the ignition while the car is running in modern cars because of their advanced features.

Although it is possible to turn off your vehicle while driving, due to manufacturing problems it will be difficult or impossible to drive the vehicle, resulting in a loss of control. You’re going to get into some sort of trouble if this occurs to you.

As a first step, keep in mind that the steering will become more nimble as the power steering, if equipped, is turned off. The brakes will suffer as well, as stopping will be more difficult and sluggish with less power steering. This is a dangerous situation for an inexperienced driver.

Why you should avoid switching off the engine while the car is running?

What Happens If You Turn Off Your Car In Drive

Because it will lock the steering wheel if you remove the key while the car is running, it appears to be a suicide act. As a result, the driver will have no way to operate the vehicle. It’s impossible to drive in this state because the engine and the steering are disabled.

You should avoid this at all costs because it increases your chances of getting into an accident if it happens while you’re driving on a busy road.

This means that you will be unable to respond to events since you will be unable to alter some controls. Furthermore, you will not be rewarded if you are involved in an accident and the insurance company realizes your activities. Even blaming yourself for the accident is evident.

The steering wheel may still be locked even if you remove the key from the ignition. A steering wheel in glider mode will also result in a trapped vehicle. Other features, such as airbags, Bluetooth, GPS, and the radio, may not function properly.

Depending on whether you’re driving an automatic or manual transmission, you’ll see different results. For manual transmission cars, the engine will run for a brief period of time while the steering and braking systems remain powered assisted. Stopping the car will take less than a minute.

In contrast, if you’re driving an automatic gearbox, the engine will shut down and you’ll lose power as soon as you switch the ignition off. There will also be a brake assist in the near future.

Can you turn off newer cars while driving?

There are no ignition keys in most modern autos. For the vehicle to function properly, you should maintain the RFID fob (RFID is an abbreviation for Radio frequency identification) in close proximity. You can put your car in Parking Mode even when the key fob is far away.

However, if the car is already starting and you toss away this fob, the engine will continue to run, regardless. Instead, the automobile will presume that the key fob is broken and continue to operate the engine as if that were the case.

For safety reasons, these models have no start/stop button, unlike modern SUVs. If you hit the STOP button, the car will come to a complete halt, but only if it is traveling at a speed of less than 20 mph. The autos will not slow down if the speed limit is raised above 20 mph.

What to do if your car stops while driving?

What Happens If You Turn Off Your Car In Drive-2

There are times when your car will stall while you are traveling since stopping the vehicle while driving is a risky move. Before hitting the button, you can take various precautions to 

keep yourself safe.


Emergency braking may be your only option if you unintentionally shut off the engine while driving. Before you get behind the wheel, turn the key to the on position to put the brakes on. To guarantee your own safety and the safety of other road users, it is best to follow the actions outlined above before attempting to stop the car.