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By Edited Sep 29, 2016 0 0

Brake failure can be terrifying. If you have ever been in a vehicle that failed to stop when you wanted it to you will know just how scary it can be. It can be extremely dangerous and could kill you, your passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers. Anyone reading this should know that this is a serious danger and should not be taken lightly. Although it may be a very rare problem (5% of accidents are caused by brakes failure) you should make sure you know exactly what to do in this situation and how to avoid it. This article will explain how brakes work, how brake failure can happen, what you should do to maintain your brakes so that you can avoid brake failures, and what to do if you have car brake failure. We will also provide some examples of brake failure so you can see just how devastating it can be.

How do brakes work?

In order to understand how break failure can happen you first need to understand a little of how brakes work. When you press down on your brake pedal you are compressing brake fluid which then puts force on your brake calipers. These callipers then press down on your disc brakes and slow down the car. This friction against the discs (or drums in the case of drum brakes) is what causes your car to slow down. If you have no friction, you have no brakes. The majority of car have disc brakes on the front wheels and drum brakes on the rear.

How Brake Failure Works

So how exactly does break failure happen? There can be a variety of things that can cause this.

· Loss of Brake Fluid: If there is a leak in your brake fluid there will be no pressure (or very little pressure) which can then be transferred to your brake calipers. If your brakes feel soft then this could be your problem and you should get them checked as soon as you can.

· Grease or Oil on the Brake Pads: Oil and grease on your disc or drum brakes can cause a loss of friction. As we know, friction is needed for brakes to work, oil reduces the friction and the brakes stop working.

· Worn-out Brake Pads: When you start to hear a whining or squealing noise from your brakes it's an indication that the brake pads are wearing thin. Thin brake pads are not very effective when braking and cause problems.

Maintaining Your Brakes

Most countries require a yearly inspection of vehicles to make sure they are up to safety standards. This includes a thorough check of the cars breaking system. This usually does a great job of catching any problems that may occur. However this is not always the case. For this reason if you have any abnormalities with your brakes you should get them check out immediately. Always change your brake pads when they start to wear thin and it can be good idea to invest in some good quality brakes. This little extra expense could save your life.

What to do if you have car brake failure?

The most important thing to do is remain calm. Believe me I know this is harder said than done. If you do get in a situation where your brakes have failed a calm (or relatively calm) mind will help you gain control of the situation quickly and hopefully come out with no scratches.

1. Immediately take your foot off the accelerator. Size up the traffic and pedestrians and think about what to do next based on the surrounding obstacles and steep hills.

2. Try pumping the brakes firmly. This will hopefully help build up enough pressure in the brake line so that the callipers will start working again. This should be done regardless of having ABS or not. This is because ABS brakes are active only when breaking too hard, not when there is break failure.

3. If this does not work the next step is to shift down gears. This is the same for manual and automatic vehicles. The gears in a car are independent of the braking system and shouldn't be affected by your current breaking problem. This will slow down your car and give you time to react better.

4. Only swerve the car if its unavoidable. Swerving the car can cause you to lose control of your vehicle so only do this at last resort.

5. Use the parking brake if necessary. This can also cause your car to lose control but it may be necessary if all else fails.

Need Convincing?

If you need convincing of the dangers of brake failure then all you need to do is take a look at the numerous YouTube break failure videos. It won't take you long to be convinced that it can be a very serious danger. Pay serious attention to how your brakes sound and what they are 'telling' you. If you hear of feel any abnormalities then get them checked straight away. If you do come across any problems then keep in mind the strategies talked about above. You are probably saying to yourself "yeah right, there is no way I will remember this when my brakes fail". You may be surprised just how much an article like this can help get you through a scary situation safely. Pay attention and stay safe.

Brake failure can be terrifying. If you have ever been in a vehicle that failed to stop when you wanted it to you will know just how scary it can be. It can be extremely dangerous and could kill you, your passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers. Anyone reading this should know that this is a serious danger and should not be taken lightly. Although it may be a very rare problem (5% of accidents are caused by brakes failure) you should make sure you know exactly what to do in this situation and how to avoid it. This article will explain how brakes work, how brake failure can happen, what you should do to maintain your brakes so that you can avoid brake failures, and what to do if you have car brake failure. We will also provide some examples of brake failure so you can see just how devastating it can be.

How do brakes work?

In order to understand how break failure can happen you first need to understand a little of how brakes work. When you press down on your brake pedal you are compressing brake fluid which then puts force on your brake calipers. These callipers then press down on your disc brakes and slow down the car. This friction against the discs (or drums in the case of drum brakes) is what causes your car to slow down. If you have no friction, you have no brakes. The majority of car have disc brakes on the front wheels and drum brakes on the rear.

How Brake Failure Works

So how exactly does break failure happen? There can be a variety of things that can cause this.

· Loss of Brake Fluid: If there is a leak in your brake fluid there will be no pressure (or very little pressure) which can then be transferred to your brake calipers. If your brakes feel soft then this could be your problem and you should get them checked as soon as you can.

· Grease or Oil on the Brake Pads: Oil and grease on your disc or drum brakes can cause a loss of friction. As we know, friction is needed for brakes to work, oil reduces the friction and the brakes stop working.

· Worn-out Brake Pads: When you start to hear a whining or squealing noise from your brakes it's an indication that the brake pads are wearing thin. Thin brake pads are not very effective when braking and cause problems.

Maintaining Your Brakes

Most countries require a yearly inspection of vehicles to make sure they are up to safety standards. This includes a thorough check of the cars breaking system. This usually does a great job of catching any problems that may occur. However this is not always the case. For this reason if you have any abnormalities with your brakes you should get them check out immediately. Always change your brake pads when they start to wear thin and it can be good idea to invest in some good quality brakes. This little extra expense could save your life.

What to do if you have car brake failure?

The most important thing to do is remain calm. Believe me I know this is harder said than done. If you do get in a situation where your brakes have failed a calm (or relatively calm) mind will help you gain control of the situation quickly and hopefully come out with no scratches.

1. Immediately take your foot off the accelerator. Size up the traffic and pedestrians and think about what to do next based on the surrounding obstacles and steep hills.

2. Try pumping the brakes firmly. This will hopefully help build up enough pressure in the brake line so that the callipers will start working again. This should be done regardless of having ABS or not. This is because ABS brakes are active only when breaking too hard, not when there is break failure.

3. If this does not work the next step is to shift down gears. This is the same for manual and automatic vehicles. The gears in a car are independent of the braking system and shouldn't be affected by your current breaking problem. This will slow down your car and give you time to react better.

4. Only swerve the car if its unavoidable. Swerving the car can cause you to lose control of your vehicle so only do this at last resort.

5. Use the parking brake if necessary. This can also cause your car to lose control but it may be necessary if all else fails.

Need Convincing?

If you need convincing of the dangers of brake failure then all you need to do is take a look at the numerous YouTube break failure videos. It won't take you long to be convinced that it can be a very serious danger. Pay serious attention to how your brakes sound and what they are 'telling' you. If you hear of feel any abnormalities then get them checked straight away. If you do come across any problems then keep in mind the strategies talked about above. You are probably saying to yourself "yeah right, there is no way I will remember this when my brakes fail". You may be surprised just how much an article like this can help get you through a scary situation safely. Pay attention and stay safe.


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