Your brakes are one of the most important safety features that your vehicle comes equipped with. They give you the ability to slow down or stop at a press of the pedal, thus avoiding accidents before they happen.
Maintain Your Brakes
Maintaining your brakes so that they work every time is essential to avoid a sudden collision, with the attendant injuries and expense. Remember, you can be the most careful driver on the road, and it would still not be enough to avoid an accident. Other drivers running a red light or shifting lanes without first looking can affect you and your vehicle just as severely as a mistake you might make. Sudden brake failure can lead to catastrophe.
Usually, if you take your vehicle in for scheduled maintenance, your brakes will be inspected by a trained auto technician. Potential problems will therefore be caught and repaired before they become a problem on the road. You should also be proactive between scheduled maintenance visits and visibly check your braking system for wear on the disks, brake fluid leaks, and so on.
You should be alert for several signs of impending brake failure while on the road. These include:
- Brake light flashing
- Noises when you apply the brake such as grinding, squealing, or squeaking
- Vibrations or wobbling while applying the brakes
- Brake fluid leaking
- A feeling of softness when applying the brakes
- Your vehicle pulls to one side when applying the brakes
- A burning smell when applying the brakes
- When coming to a sudden stop, your vehicle bounces
If you experience any of these signs of impending brake failure, you should take your vehicle to a service center immediately to have your brakes inspected and repaired. An ounce of prevention is well worth a pound of cure in this case.
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