It sometimes can be easy to tell when there is an issue with the brake system. Other times, the brake system might have a sign of an issue that you might not notice. The braking system on most people’s cars goes unnoticed since it is out of sight, out of mind. That is, until a problem comes up, which is usually in the form of the proverbial grinding when you push the brake pedal. Sometimes the brakes will have become hardened from heat and are no longer effective at grabbing and stopping the rotation of the brake drum or rotor. This condition usually occurs after the brakes have been overused, either because of excessive panic stops or if you ride the brakes. With excessive overheating, it hardens the braking material, therefore making the brakes less effective. Another issue of the brake system is if there is a hot spot on the brake rotors. This hardens spots of metal caused by overheating of the brakes. They resist the natural wear of the friction material that must take place during the braking process, consequently loss of braking power takes place. The pads have nothing to grip. Noises from the brakes can indicate worn or glazed brake pads. The squealing noise comes from wear indicators, which come in contact with the brake rotor when the brake pads are worn to the point of needing replacement. If the vehicle starts to pull to one side when braking, it could mean a poor adjustment of the brakes, a frozen brake, brake fluid leakage, or a frozen emergency brake cables. Also make sure to be aware if your warning light illuminates on the dashboard. If the light starts to blink, make sure to turn it off when it is safe to do so. If the light illuminates and stays on, try to get home safely with it, then schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you. By noticing an issue at the first sign, you can save time, money, and stress in the long run.
Having the best visibility possible when you drive is important. This will help you to see those in front of you as well as around you when you drive. The windshield should be inspected on a regular basis. If there is a crack or divot in the windshield, it could interfere with your driving. This is because it could mask a hazard that might be further ahead on the road. It is also important to make sure that all the windows and even side mirrors are cleaned off. By improving the visibility around your vehicle, you can increase the safety as well. When you drive at nigh, your driving habit will probably change some. One thing to be aware of is the speed that you will be driving at. You should slow down when driving at night because you will not be able to see further distances than you typically would. This can make any object or hazard in the road harder to see. It will also make for less time for you to come to a stop or to swerve in order to avoid it. Your speed should also be reduced because animals are more likely to appear on the roads at night. Always drive at a speed that you feel comfortable at, and that you can handle the vehicle. Along with inspecting the windshield, also make sure to check the windshield wipers. The wipers should be free from any cracks or rips. If you notice any damage to them, make sure to have them replaced as soon as possible. This can help you to clear the windshield clearly and efficiently when you drive. If you notice any smear or smudge marks, make sure that the windshield wipers are replaced. This can be a sign that they are worn out. Also check the level of the windshield washer fluid. This should be topped off on a regular basis, and before any long road trip you might take. The wiper fluid works together with the windshield wipers to clean the window effectively. Without the washer fluid, the grime and other dirt will smear and make it harder to see. If you notice that the fluid level is low more often bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for a sign of a leak.