Brakes really are a vital safety feature for any vehicle, and obtaining acquainted with your brake system should be a high priority. Your vehicle’s braking system plays a crucial role in keeping passengers and drivers safe as well as preventing expensive visits on the mechanic
By learning the warning signs of brake damage or failure – and knowing how to react, Protect yourself.
Not confined to, even though brake damage or failure may be caused by a number of factors including:
Improper or infrequent maintenance, such as lower levels of brake fluid and worn brake pads and rotors.
Hauling a heavy trailer that doesn’t have trailer brakes. This may overheat the vehicle’s cause and brakes accelerated brake wear and damage.
Wear and tear from weather extremes – including, but not limited to, corrosion from road salt.
Undetected damage from an unknown source.
It’s time to troubleshoot if you experience any of the following problems:
Odd noises. If tapping on the brakes causes a high-pitched squealing noise, you need to visit a mechanic at the earliest opportunity. Other suspect sounds? Scratching, scraping and grinding.
Irregular movements or feeling. If your vehicle pulls hard to the left or right once you stop, a stern warning sign that one side of your own brakes is working optimally and the other isn’t is. Brakes that sink towards the floorboard or pulsate before they function – or a steering wheel that shakes -are also warning signs that warrant attention.
Inability to stop quickly. An increased stopping distance indicates an issue with your brakes.
Warning lights. The brake warning light on your dashboard may flash when something is amiss.
How to React
If your brakes fail while you’re driving, remain calm, keep your concentrate on the road and take immediate action:
Activate your emergency flashers and honk your horn to alert other drivers.
Take your foot off the accelerator to begin with slowing down, and carefully manoeuvre your to the right lane or shoulder. Be sure to signal properly and enjoy for other drivers.
Downshift to let the engine help slow the vehicle.
Press down firmly on the brake pedal in case your vehicle has anti-lock brakes. If your car isn’t designed with this safety system, pump the pedal.
Once you’ve decreased speed, engage the parking brake slowly and gradually. Should you do this too quickly and with a lot of pressure, your wheels could lock up.
New Vehicle Tips
Ask the salesperson about its braking – and backup – systems, before buying a new vehicle. Here are a few questions you should ask while you shop:
Do you need to listen for a noise from the rotors or drums?
Is there a warning light system that warns of worn brakes?
How long do you have to seek assistance if the yellow brake light on the instrument panel comes on?
What should you do if the red brake light on the instrument panel comes on?
How often (in kilometres and months) should you have the brakes looked at by a certified brake professional?
In addition to familiarising yourself with the brake system, make sure you’re well accustomed to your vehicle’s other safety features and never drive them for granted.