Is Your Car Ready to Brake in Winter Weather?
Your vehicle's braking system is one of its most essential safety features, and one you use every time you drive it. However, during the winter months, when cold temperatures combine with some of our area's highest precipitation totals, driving conditions can become especially treacherous and braking can be difficult. So knowing how to brake in winter weather is a good idea.
In rainy and especially in snowy or icy weather, your tires don't have as much traction on the road. This means you should take your time when driving. Accelerate slowly, take turns slowly, decelerate slowly and brake slowly.
Bear in mind that you are driving in less-than-ideal conditions, so you need to recalibrate your expectations of how your vehicle handles braking. So allow plenty of space cushion between you and other vehicles on the road. Drive such that you will not be forced to slam on the brakes.
It also makes sense to test how your car will brake in wintry weather conditions before you set out into traffic. Drive a short distance on your home street and try braking gently to check how your vehicle reacts. If you find yourself skidding, it might be best to postpone your trip, if possible.
Another good idea for braking during the winter months is ensuring your car's brakes are working properly. You should have your vehicle’s brake system inspected annually or after each 12,000 miles driven. That is why Free Service Tire offers brake inspection services.
We will check your entire brake system, including the brake pedal, brake fluid, brake lines, brake assemblies (including checking brake pad and rotor and drum wear) and the parking brake. We service, disc brakes, drum brakes and anti-lock braking systems.
Also, note these warning signs of potential brake system problems:
- Hearing grinding, scraping, squeaking or other unusual noises when braking
- Vehicle shaking or vibrating when braking
- Vehicle pulling to one side when braking
- Having to press on the brake pedal with increasing force when braking
These may be indications that your brakes need immediate service.
To have your brake system checked, call Free Service Tire at 1-800-388-1103 or go online at http://freeservicetire.com/appointments to schedule an appointment at any of our locations. If your brakes need to be repaired, we will explain any service needed and detail the cost for you before we do any work on your car. Why not give us a try today?