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What Affects my Stopping Distance?

What Affects my Stopping Distance?

Here we have listed some of the top factors that can affect your stopping distance and how you can prevent them from causing a serious accident in the future.


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5 Signs you’re in need of New Brake Pads

Ensuring you look after your vehicles brakes is a vital aspect of being a driver. Your brakes are one of the most important factors to safe driving, so being aware of when they are starting to fail is crucial. Our vehicles do show us some warning signs as our breaks become unresponsive, and being aware of these could stop a potential accident from occurring.

In order to help you indicate if your brakes are in need of some TLC, we’ve put together the top five signs you should look out for. If any of these signs occur whilst you are driving, be sure to contact a specialist who can get you back on the road safely again.


If your car vibrates or grabs when you apply the brakes, it could mean your brake pads are worn or the discs have warped. Towing or braking on hills causes friction within our brake discs, which can build up heat and result in a change of shape. The warping can affect our stopping distance and safety, so it’s important to check these out every once in a while.


If you think your brakes are beginning to lose responsiveness, it’s vital that they get checked out by a professional. If you find that you need to press your brake pedal in further for a reaction, your pedal is too high or makes a hissing noise when hissed, it can indicate an issue within the brakes. Ensure you get any issues like this seen to as soon as possible to avoid any safety issues whilst driving.


Brakes that are damaged have a tendency to pull the vehicle to one side of the road. Though this can be related to wheel alignment rather than an issue with the brakes, it’s vital to take the time to get your brakes looked at. A vehicle that is swerving to one side of the road is extremely dangerous, so get in touch today to avoid an accident from occurring.


If you can hear your brakes making a high pitch or crunching sound when applied, it could be a sign that the brake pads have worn down. It could also indicate that the disc brake is rubbing on the metal frame that the pad should be attached to. It’s vital that this is immediately checked and replaced if necessary. If left, it can result in a damaged disc which costs more to repair.


Visually checking your brakes is also a great way to determine if you’re in need of a replacement. You can view your current brake pads by looking through the spokes of the car wheel. The outside of the brake pad will be visible, but if you can see less than quarter of an inch visible, they are too thin and will need to be replaced as soon as possible. If you can’t find your brake pads yourself, come in store where a professional will be able to help.

If you notice any of these signs, it is highly recommended that you have them checked over as soon as possible to ensure optimum safety for you and those around you. At Express Service, we can check your brakes with our specialist equipment and highly trained professionals.

You can get in touch with a member of our friendly team by visiting our contact page or by giving us a call on 01603 425055 or by visiting our contact page

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Published: 27/03/2017

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