Best Braking Advice for Used Car Drivers
The technique you use for braking is important for keeping you safe. It is also important for keeping your brakes working well and for making sure they don’t wear out quickly.
Light Pressure on the Brake Pedal
Light pressure allows you to slow down gradually. This helps to keep drivers in back from hitting you and it causes less wear on the brakes. When you suddenly press down hard on the brakes it can cause skidding, and forces objects and the people inside forward.
Let the Gas Off
Plan to brake by lifting your foot off the gas several seconds before applying the brake. This will allow the car to slow down a little before you even need to use the brake. Look up and check out what is going on about a block ahead of you for lights and other stop signs so you can plan ahead.
Use a Steady Pressure
When braking, the best way to keep your brakes in good shape is to keep applying a steady pressure. Keep in mind the road conditions and how much pressure you will need in order to stop in time. If you are going down a hill you will need more pressure, and if a tight corner is coming up you will need more pressure.
These are just a few techniques you can use when braking to help keep you and your passengers safe. Make sure you leave plenty of room between you and the car ahead of you and be aware of your surroundings.
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