How do I know when my brakes are failing?

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Tips on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at 2:47 pm
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It’s not uncommon to hear your breaks squeak occasionally. But how do you know when your breaks are failing? Here are a few warning signs that you should watch out for.

Repetitive squealing. If your brakes squeak occasionally, that could be a sign of wet roads or cold weather. But if your brakes squeal every single time, then you may want to consider getting your car into a shop.

Needing to apply more pressure to brake. Do you notice the need to press your pedal further to the floor before the brakes kick in? This could be a sign that your brake pads are going.

If your car shakes or vibrates when you brake, there is something wrong, and you need to get your car to a mechanic as well.

Of course, one of the more obvious signs that your brakes are going is if your brake light comes on. This is definitely not something you should ignore. Take your vehicle to the shop to get your brakes checked out when you first notice the brake light coming on.

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What should I do if my brakes fail when driving?

Brake and tool icons on white backgroundSometimes, the unexpected can happen, and you can only adjust to the situation on the fly. If you are on an interstate, or another road where you are moving quickly, and you notice your brakes not working, do your best to stay calm and work your way to the shoulder of the road. The right side would be best, especially since that is where the slower moving traffic is. Put on your hazards to warn other drivers that there is something going on, so they can be alert when maneuvering around you. Take your foot off the gas and put your car into a lower gear or into neutral. Then, slowly apply the emergency brake. If that break also isn’t working, coast to a stop. Keep your hazards on, and call for assistance.

We encourage safe driving, and hope you are never in a position where your brakes fail. If you think there is something wrong with your vehicle, or need other maintenance done, please give us a call!

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