When Virginia Beach drivers are out on the road, they should employ safe driving practices to ensure that they can avoid getting into an accident. Part of those safe driving practices include safe braking technique. This article discusses some strategies that drivers can employ to brake as effectively as possible.
First, use your brake pedal lightly. One of the biggest advantages of breaking slowly with the light use of the brake pedal is that it gives drivers behind you the chance to slow down gradually without the threat of hitting you from behind. Only that, but your brakes will last longer and you will have better gas mileage.
Second, do not brake more than you have to. Especially if you are driving at higher speeds, you may not even need to use your break to slow down. Simply by letting your foot off the gas pedal you can effectively control the speed of your vehicle as smoothly as possible. Not only does this help you drive smoother and less erratically, but it also prevents startling other drivers who might see your red brake lights turn on when you are merely trying to slow down and match the flow of traffic.
Third, on the point of using your brake lights effectively, consider first pumping your brakes if you need to slow down quickly. This will warn drivers behind you, by flashing your brake lights, that you are now slowing down. If you do need to stop suddenly in an emergency situation, apply steadily more and more pressure to your breaks. Provided that you have modern ABS brakes, which most vehicles do these days, your ABS will engage and hopefully prevent you from skidding. If you do not have ABS, you will also want to pump your brakes in emergency situations we have to stop quickly.
Safe braking technique is a great way to prevent accidents in emergency situations. However, it is not enough to prevent all motor vehicle accidents. In the case of an injurious car crash that is caused by the unlawful or reckless behavior of another driver, though, injured parties may be able to seek financial compensation in court to pay for damages suffered as a result of the crash.
Source: drivingtips.org, “Your braking techniques are important for safe driving,” accessed April 08, 2016