As independent shops prepare customers’ vehicles for back to school, brake safety should be at the top of the list, says the Car Care Council.
A properly operating brake system is critical to safe vehicle operation and control under a variety of conditions. Brake Safety Awareness Month, says the council, is the ideal time for consumers to stop and make sure brakes are working properly before the new school year and colder temperatures arrive.
“When it comes to vehicle safety, the brake system is at the top of the list,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Motorists can put a stop to any potential brake system problems by recognizing the signs and symptoms that their brake system may need maintenance or repair.”
Brakes are a normal wear item for any car and eventually they’re going to need to be replaced. If a car is pulling to the left or right, or if odd noises are heard during braking, brakes should be inspected. Other warning signs include an illuminated brake warning light, brake grabbing, low pedal feel, vibration, hard pedal feel and squealing.
The council says that brakes should be checked at least once a year. A thorough inspection should include brake lining wear, brake fluid level, rotor thickness, condition of hoses and brake lines, brake and dash warning lights, as well as taking the car for a test drive to detect other potential brake system problems.
Several factors that affect brake wear include driving habits, operating conditions, vehicle type and the quality of the brake lining material. Service professionals should urge drivers never put off routine brake inspections or any needed repair, such as letting the brakes get to the “metal-to-metal” point, which can be potentially dangerous and lead to a more costly repair bill.
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers.
Be Care Care Aware is administered in Canada by the Automotive Industries Association of Canada. For more information, visit https://www.becarcareaware.ca/