Brakes and the importance of ensuring that they are properly maintained.
If you were booked on to a flight and found out that the aircraft had not passed the safety checks for its braking capacity, but was flying regardless, would you get on that plane? I highly doubt it! Yet, it is astonishing that a significant number of people either do not maintain their vehicles regularly or will push the brakes to the absolute limit, often driving under extremely dangerous circumstances with very little braking power due to ignoring wear and tear.
Brakes do of course have a shelf life and it differs greatly as to how long they will be effective. This is due to the vehicle, the way it is driven and the type of driving that is done – all of which need to be taken into consideration.
Here are some signs that all is not ok with the brakes in your car and that you should book into a garage as soon as possible;
- Squealing or screeching should be checked out , as should any noise from the brake area.
- Vibration – Any vibrating or shaking is a clear indication that something is wrong.
- Sticking brakes – this could mean that the brakes are not releasing.
- Vehicle pulling to left or right – this could be another indication that there are issues with the brakes – you can first check that the tyres are correctly inflated and if they are then it is likely to be the brakes causing an issue.
- Non responsive brakes – it should not take a lot of effort for the brakes to work so if you feel that they are not responding as instantly as they should, then listen to your instinct and get the brakes checked out.
- Engine management light is on – this could be the brake light and there are a few reasons why this would come on – we advise that you have this checked out as soon as possible
If you do have any concerns at all then please do give us a call and we would be happy to help!