Georgia drivers often forget how important it is to maintain their cars to prevent a serious accident. By taking regular steps to ensure that brakes, for example, are in proper working order, motorists can prevent a lot of accidents that happen because of poorly maintained brakes. Indeed, the faster one can stop, the more agile and nimble an automobile is, and the more capable it is of avoiding a potentially injurious or fatal collision.
Drivers should visually inspect their brakes regularly. Inspect the brake pads by looking through the holes in the spokes of the wheels. The outside pad is easy to see as it will be pressing against the rear rotor. If there is not at least a quarter of an inch of padding, it is time to replace them.
It is important to pay close attention to the sounds coming from your wheels. If there is a high-pitched noise induced every time the brakes are used, it's a sign that the metal shim indicator has engaged after the brake pads have worn down. This means it's time for new pads -- unless the vehicle has been exposed to water. This could create rust and temporary screeching sounds as the rust wears off.
There are a few other signs that brakes might need servicing like losing responsiveness. If the driver's foot goes low to the floor, it's a sign that there could be an air leak or a brake fluid lead that needs to be fixed. Pulling off to one side when the brakes are applied is another sign of a problem that needs servicing. Another issue relates to grinding and growling, which could be a sign that brake pads have been completely ground down to nothing. Also, one should take note of vibrations when the brakes are applied, which can indicate warped rotors.
Drivers who neglect to maintain their braking systems and cause injurious car accidents as a result can and should be held financially liable for that negligence in court. Indeed, northwest Georgia residents who have been injured by a negligent driver like this may have viable claims for personal injury damages.
Source: JD Power and Associates, "Warning Signs You Need New Brakes," Jeff Youngs, accessed Sep. 16, 2016