How to Brake Properly

Proper Braking

Proper braking habits can be a life-saver, literally, for both you and your brakes. Unfortunately, many people either don’t know, or comply with, proper braking technique, which can cause a host of dangerous and expensive problems. 

If you’d like to learn some tips on proper braking, take a look below!

Tip #1 – Don’t brake so much.

This may seem odd, but many people just simply brake too much. Unless you’re stopping at a light or braking for a stopping car, you really have no need to hit your brakes very much. The best thing is to simply lift your foot off the gas and allow the vehicle to slow on its own, especially when you are driving on the highway.

It's also best to avoid tailgating so you're not constantly hitting your brakes to avoid hitting someone. (This is pretty a general safe driving rule. Please don't tailgate!)

Experts also recommend being very vigilant when driving so that you recognize the need to slow down sooner rather than later, ensuring that you’re not slamming on your brakes at the last second. 

Tip #2 – Brake early.

Adding to the above, if you’re on the highway and you start to see slowing ahead, it’s best to not wait until the very last moment to hit your brakes. Not only does this cause damage and unnecessary wear to your brake pads, it’s could also cause an accident if you stop short ahead of a driver that might not have seen the slowing.

To avoid this, simply lift your foot off the gas then slowly press down on the brake when you start to see the traffic slow down.

Tip #3 – Don’t brake hard into a turn.

We’ve all seen, and been annoyed by, the person that takes a corner at a snail’s pace, brake lights beaming as they crawl into their new lane or into the Target parking lot. This move is bad idea on many levels, as it not only disrupts traffic flow and causes driver irritation, it also causes increased wear on your pads and calipers, leading to a possible early, and expensive, replacement. You can read more about brake maintenance here!

Driving experts simply suggest letting off the gas pedal when you see you’re about to turn and slowing applying your brakes. Once you begin to turn, lift your foot off the brake and press slowly down on the gas pedal again.

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