How to brake safely in an emergency

Important points for safe braking
1. The distance to brake is the first point to consider. • The recommendation of gold is to brake with a wide margin of safety, slowing down smoothly to avoid rear-end collisions of other vehicles that come in the way.

2. The reaction of the car. Knowing how your vehicle will react in case of requiring a sudden and maximum intervention to the brakes is something that many drivers do not know. You can do a simple and very useful test, which also helps determine the state of the braking system: • On a decongested route or place, drive your car to 50 miles per hour. Check that no one is driving behind you and keeping both hands firmly on the wheel, brake as you would in an emergency situation. The car should brake efficiently, without blocking the wheels and keeping the straight line without deviating. If there is any abnormality in the system, it will become apparent. In the event that your vehicle does not have automatic brake control (ABS), all four wheels must skid and the car must also maintain the linear rolling path. If these requirements are not met, the system must be reviewed and repaired by a specialist.

3. Cars equipped with ABS require braking action to be energetic. In this way, the electronic system that regulates the ABS acts efficiently and prevents wheel lock. Thanks to ABS it is possible to brake even by turning the steering wheel without the car sliding or skidding. In the same way allows, by the very brief electronic impulses that release the wheel, emergency braking on wet floors.

4. It is important to consider the reaction distance. Which is the route of the car that goes from one glimpses the danger until the moment of putting the foot in the pedal of the brake. The normal reaction time is almost one second, so a driver will travel 11 feet per 10 miles per hour of speed before applying the brakes. At 50 miles per hour, this distance will be 55 feet!

5. Check the brakes on your car. To drive more safely, keep the brakes in good condition so they can respond as expected. Also the state of the tires affects to a great extent the effectiveness of braking.

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