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Smooth braking means coming to a safe complete stop without the car lurching forward or the brakes slipping, shaking, or grinding. Brakes will last longer.

Help Your Car Brake Smoothly

What Does It Mean to Brake Smoothly? Before we cover smooth-braking basics, it’s important to define what it means to brake smoothly. Though the definition may be up for interpretation, we believe smooth braking means coming to a safe and complete stop without the car lurching forward or the brakes slipping, shaking, or grinding.


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.
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Brake Disc and Pads

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!
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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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Help your brake pads last longer

1.) Slow Down Driving fast goes with braking fast, a reaction like melting butter. That fast braking generates a lot of friction, which increases wear on your brake pads and shortens their lifespan. Driving fast also burns more fuel, so it’ll wear out your wallet too!

2.) Don’t Ride Your Brakes Heading down a steep hill? Don’t push the brake pedal all the way down. Instead, downshift (if you drive a manual) if you want to slow your roll and work on perfecting the art of coasting (if you drive an automatic).

3.) Lose Some Weight Shed extra pounds, if possible. Driving around with a heavy load means your brake pads have to work harder to stop your vehicle. Sometimes you can’t avoid this, like when you’re driving around with friends or moving furniture. Other times, though, you can avoid it! Removing anything from your trunk, backseat, and/or roof cargo carrier that you don’t need can help give your brakes a much-deserved break. Less weight means you will improve fuel economy, too!

4.)Use “Engine Braking” When you see that you’ll have to brake shortly, whether from a red light or heavy traffic, take your foot off the accelerator. Doing this disengages the engine and lightens the load on your brakes when you do eventually have to stop. “Engine braking,” as it’s called, helps slow your car without applying the brakes. This means less wear and less heat on your brake pads and brake system!

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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