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What Happens When You Slam on the Brakes Rockhampton?

Here’s why you might want to avoid slamming on the brakes unless it’s absolutely necessary and shoot for smooth braking instead. Details of best braking.

What Happens When You Slam On The Brakes?

Slamming on the brakes. We’ve all had to slam on the brakes at some point or another. Whether it’s to avoid hitting an animal or to steer clear of traffic, slamming on the brakes can make your heart leap. Ever wonder what it can do to your braking system and the rest of your vehicle? Turns out, it’s just as bad for your car as it is for your nerves. Here’s why you might want to avoid slamming on the brakes unless it’s absolutely necessary, and shoot for smooth braking instead.


Slamming on the Brakes Could…

1. Cause an Accident Slamming on the brakes might cause you to lose control of your car, particularly on wet or poor surface roads, and wind up in an accident.

Even if you don’t collide with another car, slamming on the brakes may throw you or your passengers forward. This sudden motion could make everyone’s heads jerk, causing neck or even brain injuries. That’s scary enough to make anyone think twice about slamming on the brakes.

2. Reduce Fuel Mileage “Aggressive” driving, such as slamming on the brakes and going over the speed limit, can reduce highway fuel mileage by as much as 30% and city fuel mileage by as much as 40%, according to a 2017 study by the RACQ.

3. Trigger ABS When It’s Not Needed Your car’s anti-lock braking system, or ABS, prevents your wheels from locking up and sending your car into a skid. It’s a critical safety feature of modern vehicles.

But slamming on the brakes may cause your ABS to kick in when it isn’t needed. Doing so could wear out the anti-lock brake system prematurely and leave you with less than show-stopping brake performance.

An illuminated ABS light or unresponsive brake pedal are two signs your ABS could be out of whack after a brake slam.

4. Wear a Flat Spot on Your Tyres Let’s say you drive an older model car that doesn’t have ABS (i.e., no mechanism to stop your brakes from locking up). If you’ve slammed on your brakes recently, you might want to get your tyres checked. Hard, sudden braking can cause flat-spotting.

Flat-spotting happens when your wheels lock-up and your car skids, causing one section of each tyre to stay in contact with the pavement while the vehicle slides forward.

When this happens, the area of the tyre that’s in contact with the road endures more-than-normal friction and heat, causing uneven wear and a flat spot on the tread. It’s like rug burn, but for tyres.

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Brake Disc and Pads

Overheat The Brake Pads

Brake pads come into contact with your rotors and create friction to slow and stop your car. Going from 100 to 0 in a couple of seconds places extra stress on your car’s suspension while also exposing your braking system to excess heat.

When your brakes overheat, the brake pads can wear down quicker and the rotors may warp—two things that could compromise your car’s stopping power and safety. Worn brake pads can cause problems in other parts of the system, too.

How do you know whether your brake pads are worn after a pedal stomping? Signs can include squeaks when braking, a shaky steering wheel, or an illuminated brake light on the dash.

Damage Brake Hoses

When you push on the brake pedal, brake fluid travels through the brake hoses and converts your “push” into energy that brings the car to a stop.

The heat and pressure generated when slamming on the brakes can cause tears and cracks in the hoses. Such damage can result in fluid leaks that eat away at your brake pads. Left unchecked, brake fluid levels can become low and render your brakes completely unresponsive and severely compromising your safety on the road.

If your dashboard brake light comes on or the brake pedal goes all the way to the floor when you press it, your brake hoses may need immediate attention.

At Highway Auto Brakes, we’ll take a look at your braking system to make sure everything is as it should be. And if it’s not, we’ll make recommendations to get your brakes up to speed! Schedule an appointment or head to your Highway Auto Brakes Rockhampton workshop for a brake inspection service today.
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Bottom Line: Don’t Drive With Worn Brakes

Stop by for a free brake check. Experienced brake technicians will check your brake pads, calipers, rotors, wheel cylinders, and so much more! If your brakes need repair, you’ll be taken care of promptly with the best brake parts and be back on the road with brakes you can rely on. Fixed Right, Priced Right, Right on Time. That’s Highway Auto Brakes Complete Auto Care.

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Compromise the Drive Shaft.

The drive shaft delivers torque from the engine to the wheels—quite literally making your wheels turn. Mechanically-speaking, the drive shaft is comparable to your hip or shoulder joint, since it’s ball-and-socket structure allows it to move and rotate in multiple directions. Slamming on the brakes can cause said “joint” to dislocate, creating a disconnect between your engine’s power and your vehicle’s wheels.

Symptoms of an injured drive shaft include a vibrating sensation when the car accelerates, rattling or squeaking noises, or abnormal resistance when turning corners.

All this hard braking can wear your tyres down quicker or cause them to become unbalanced, leading to uneven tyre wear. Taking care of your brakes also means taking care of your tyres!

Brakes and Tyres are Your Stopping Power

Your Brakes are the most important component of your vehicle. At Highway Auto Rockhampton we offer a no obligation inspection to make sure that your brakes are working at their best.

According to a study by the NRMA, bad brakes are partially to blame for approximately 22% of crashes caused by vehicle-related conditions (second only to tyre problems, which account for 35% of such crashes).

Since crashes can severely shorten your vehicle’s lifespan (and compromise your safety), it’s vital to take care of any car issues that could heighten your risk for collisions! Get your tyres and brakes checked during a Complete Vehicle Inspection at the first sign of common tyre problems or brake issues to help you steer clear of performance problems that can affect your safety on the road.

Additionally, a complete vehicle inspection can give you a more in-depth look at your car’s inner workings, helping you make more informed service and repair decisions!

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