Brakes and Safety
Well-maintained brakes are vital to the handling and safety of your automobile.
Several times a day in the town where you live, numerous accidents are avoided because brakes work properly at the most critical moment — perhaps a driver has been momentarily distracted and doesn't notice that traffic ahead has stopped, perhaps another vehicle or a pedestrian has entered the path of a moving vehicle, perhaps an object has fallen into the road. Thanks to the brakes, damage is avoided. Injuries are prevented. And lives are saved.
Brakes are the most critical safety system on any vehicle. Even if they seem to be working correctly, it pays to have brakes inspected regularly to ensure that the pads are not worn, that the mechanical parts are functioning properly, and that the hydraulics are in good working condition.
Make sure you schedule at least one brake inspection each year.
Also, be aware of the warning signs that something is wrong with your brakes:
- Your car pulls to the left or right when braking
- The brakes squeal - or worse, if they grind and groan
- The pedal feels "spongy," overly stiff, or it sinks to the floor
- The car vibrates when braking
- The brake warning light appears
If you notice any of these problems, or if your brakes don't seem to function properly, it's important to schedule an inspection immediately.