How to Brake Smoothly
Helping your car brake smoothly is a fairly simple practice. And once you know which techniques help smooth the transition between accelerating and braking, you’ll be a smooth braker in no time!
1. Watch your speed. Speeding can be a major contributor to rough braking. The faster your vehicle is moving, the more force it takes to bring it to a complete stop. For instance, flying up to a stop sign probably isn’t the best way to practice good smooth-braking habits. Pay attention to marked speed limits — contrary to popular belief, they aren’t set arbitrarily, but calculated by taking into account a road’s crash risk, visibility, conditions, and more, says the RACQ.
2. Remember the size of your vehicle. When it comes to smooth braking, size matters. Larger vehicles require more force to stop, while smaller vehicles take less. Take approaching a stop sign, for instance. If you drive a large SUV or truck, you may find that braking earlier makes it easier to roll to a complete and smooth stop. On the other hand, if you drive a sedan or coupe you may not need to start braking till you’re a couple car-lengths away.
3. Consider stopping distance when braking. Stopping or braking distance is how far your car moves after you start braking. Factors such as the size, weight, and speed of the vehicle contribute to its stopping distance. However, additional factors — such as the time it takes the driver to apply the brakes, road conditions, worn shocks and struts, worn tires, and condition of the vehicle’s brakes — can tack on a lot of extra feet to your stopping distance. Always consider these factors when braking to allow your car the time and space to come to a smooth stop.
4. Don’t slam the brakes. The fourth and perhaps most important thing to consider when trying to brake smoothly is to not slam on the brakes! Braking too hard can not only roughen up your braking experience, it can also wear out your brake pads quicker. In turn, worn out brake pads can cause grinding, shaking, or squealing when braking — none of which offer a smooth braking experience!
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Smooth Out Your Brake Problems
Even the best of drivers can’t brake smoothly on bad brakes! If your brakes are not stopping smoothly no matter how gently you push that brake pedal, then it’s time to have them checked out.
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.
It can wear down your Tyres
Believe it or not, driving with worn down brakes can actually wear your tyres down, too! When you drive with worn out brake pads, rotors, or calipers, you may find yourself slamming on the brake pedal more often to slow or stop the car.
All this hard braking can wear your tyres down quicker or cause them to become unbalanced, leading to uneven tire wear. Taking care of your brakes also means taking care of your tyres!