Brakes are the most important safety feature of your vehicle. Being able to stop or slow down to avoid obstacles, people, and wrecks is essential to keeping those in the vehicle and outside the vehicle safe. However, you might not know that there is a problem with your brakes until it is too late. If you are planning an upcoming trip there are many reasons to have your brakes checked before heading out.
Driving with Worn Out Brakes Is Dangerous
Often people do not have their brakes checked regularly. This can be because they do not understand that preventive measures are less costly than a full brake overhaul or the damage caused from brake failure in an accident. Knowing that your brakes are in good working condition will alleviate a great amount of stress and unnecessary expenses on a road trip. If you are unsure if your brakes are in need of work then go here for additional information and service.
While there are some signs that your brakes need repair, they do not always prevent themselves before it is too late. Regular maintenance is the only way to guarantee that your brakes are in working order.
A spongey feel to your brakes means that there is air in the lines. This is a simple fix called “bleeding the brakes.” It could also indicate failing calipers, wheel cylinders, or a weak flex line. When you step on the brake they should feel solid. If they are soft or spongey take them in for service immediately.
If when you apply pressure to your brakes you get a vibrating sensation chances are you are having a brake pad issue. Brake pads can become dirty with oil, dirt, or various other debris. If they are damaged, dirty, or worn out they lose their grip on the rotor causing them to vibrate. It is never a good sign if your brake pedal is vibrating but it is a simple solution.
Squealing, Grinding, Scraping Noises
Your brakes should not make a sound. Your expectation to a quiet slow stop when applying the brakes is a realistic expectation. Sound indicates the wear of brake pads as metal begins to grind on metal. What you are hearing is an indication that maintenance is necessary to insure the safety of those in the vehicle.
Death and severe injury have occurred due to faulty breaks. In 2016 Peter Colbert was found guilty of manslaughter when he was warned about faulty brakes but did nothing. When we do not take proper care of our vehicles tragedy can come of it. It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that the vehicle is properly cared for and maintained, and in so doing protect the lives of those within the vehicle and around you.
A little preparation goes a long way in preserving the health and safety of yourself, those you love, and those around you. The number one reason to have your brakes checked before going on a trip is the precious cargo you are transporting, you and your loved ones.