Your vehicle’s braking distance is essential, especially considering the fact that a fraction of a second can translate into a longer distance than you might actually think.
The term braking distance refers to the time it takes for your vehicle to completely stop. This is different from your own reaction time. The best way to reduce your braking distance is to look after your car properly and ensure that it remains in its best condition, as far as braking is concerned. Taking your car to one of the local car garages and having you car’s brakes checked would be advisable.
Read on below to find out more about how you can reduce your car’s braking distance, and with it, enjoy safer driving.
The first thing to look into when it comes to reducing your car’s braking distance is the brakes. If your car’s braking system is in top condition, then you will have the best chance of braking in a shorter distance. Remember that manufacturers usually test the cars when new, as such, to come anywhere close to matching their braking numbers, you will need to keep the braking system components as new as possible.
You can start by looking at the brake pads. If these are worn out, then you need to replace them immediately this is because their stopping power will be substantially compromised. Check the wear indicator, a small metal that comes into contact with the brake rotor when the brake pads are worn out, on the brake pads to ascertain the level of wear.
The vehicle’s braking power will also be substantially compromised if the brake lines are broken or have sprung leaks.
The tyres are the ones that are in contact with the road surface. As such, they play a huge role in creating the friction force needed to bring your car to a stop when the brakes are applied. To maintain the efficiency of well maintained brakes, you will need to have good tyres fitted on your car.
Start by checking the tyre treads. The groves that are designed to maintain a good grip on the road surface are only effective when the tire tread depth is 1.6mm at the very least. Anything lower than this and you risk compromising the car’s braking efficiency substantially.
Tyre pressure also plays a huge role when it comes to reducing your vehicle’s braking distance. Anything lower or higher than the optimum level of tire pressure creates an imbalance that extends braking distance.
It is also important to have quality tyres fitted on your car. Top tyre brands have the experience and resources to properly test their tyres in all sorts of driving conditions to deliver the best performance when it comes to braking.
Lastly, it is important that you strive to drive in the best way possible, depending on the specific conditions you are driving in. When driving in rainy or snowy conditions, you should drive in the most suitable speed, which might be much lower than the speed limit.
It is tough for you to match your car’s rated braking distance, as per the manufacturer, however with the above tips in mind and in practice, you will definitely remain as close as possible.