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Mastering the art of progressive braking

By April 26, 2022November 20th, 2023No Comments

We all know how some drivers brake. It’s a last-minute action, a severe and sudden decrease of speed, often followed by a few choice words about whatever caused them to brake. This is often something the driver should have been well aware of. Being in a car with such a fierce, aggressive braker is often an unpleasant experience. So, what’s the alternative?

Braking in a progressive manner

Using this technique requires the driver to be aware of their surroundings and responsive to both road conditions and the possible actions of other road users. Using a light touch, you gradually increase the pressure, before finishing off again with a light touch and a smooth stop.

The benefits of progressive braking

Well, it’s a less nerve-wracking experience for all concerned, both those inside your vehicle and other drivers and pedestrians. Technically speaking, it helps to prevent the anxiety of wheels locking and the horrors of that sudden out-of-control skid.

As well as saving on fuel costs, it also reduces the level of wear suffered by your brakes, tyres and vehicle suspension. Those in your vehicle can feel more relaxed too; it’s unlikely that they will regularly be jolted forward in their position as you approach a junction!

The use of progressive braking suggests someone who is in control of both their emotions and their vehicle.

The skills of progressive braking

It’s firstly about feel; gentle pressure takes up any slack between the disks and brake pads. Secondly, firm, but not excessive, pressure allows your vehicle to steadily decelerate, reaching a safe enough speed to negotiate a bend in the road, for example. Finally, a slight easing allows you to come to a gentle halt, fully in control of the manoeuvre.

It’s not always like that!

Accidents do happen, even to careful and skilled drivers. If you are the victim of a not-at-fault car accident, our Not My Fault team of experts can help you obtain an accident replacement car, which Australian Law entitles you to. So, remember to keep our number with you at all times: 1800699034. Contact us as soon as it is safe to do so.