The stop function of the car is a very important to the car for its safety and that of the passengers. Whether your vehicle is equipped with disc or drum brakes, you expect them to work when you hit the brake pedal.
Causes of Brake Failure
Functioning brakes stop a vehicle by using friction. In this way, they are unlike the engine, which must always be kept lubricated to run smoothly. In front brakes, friction stops the brake callipers and pads. In rear brakes, friction hits the brake drums and shoes.
· Grease or oil on brakes causes brake failure, because it interferes with friction. If oil leaks, it may indicate that an oil seal has failed.
Signs of Brake Failure
Danger Caused by a bad break
If the brake system is failing, the vehicle may pull to one side. This situation can cause accidents that range from fender-benders to serious collisions. You might also feel pulling if there's been a leak of brake fluid, if the brakes aren't adjusted properly or if the brake has locked.
The most apparent danger in brake failure is the possibility of injury or death. As a result, it is important to wear a seat belt and to be certain that guidelines for infant and child car seats are met to ensure safety. Don't forget to be alert to and aware of pedestrians on or near the roadway.
Another concern is property damage. This includes the vehicle itself but also trees, power lines, highway signs and telephone poles. Damage to private or public property will need to be compensated, which can affect your auto insurance premium.
How to Handle Brake Failure
One common temporary brake failure occurs when the vehicle hydroplanes. This happens when the brakes are wet, usually after driving through a deep puddle. If you experience this, remove your foot from the accelerator. Hold the steering wheel straight. Do not swerve or jerk the vehicle. This way, the vehicle will slow down and you can regain control of the car
Remain Calm - Perhaps the most important action a driver can take when the brakes fail is to remain calm. Panicking doesn't help.
Lift Foot off accelerator - the first action step is to lift the foot from the accelerator. Notice the flow of traffic and any obstacles or pedestrians, and look for a place to pull over safely.
Down shift to a lower gear - This is called engine-braking. Whether your vehicle is an automatic or a standard. As the vehicle slows down, keep shifting to lower gears.
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