We’re all familiar with the ways cold weather affects our route to work. Lower visibility, slower speeds, and cranked up heaters. However, it’s also important to know how it affects one of the most important parts of your car when it comes to driving in the winter—your brakes. Your brakes are vital to your safety and the safety of those around you on the road, so here’s a few friendly tips from the car accident lawyers here at Robert J. Debry.
Pads and Rotors
It’s easy for water and snow to get into the pads and rotors of your brakes. It’s even easier for it to freeze there, which can cause your brakes to make grinding or squealing noises. This isn’t always a reason to be alarmed. Once your car heats up, the ice should melt and the noise should go away. However, if the noise persists than its a good sign you should get your brakes looked at.
Normally, with a freezing point of -40°F brake fluid is designed to last even the coldest of winters. But be sure check this fluid regularly as it can lose its freeze-proof properties over time. Also check your brake lines for cracks or the normal wear and tear that can come from being exposed to the elements. These damages can allow water to seep in, which is dangerous since water freezes at 32°F. If your brakes feel like they drag or that they take extra long to let you accelerate, then your brake lines probably need looked at.
Car accident lawyers will tell you that maintenance of your vehicle is your responsibility. In a state as cold and wet as Utah can get this time of year, this is especially important since rust buildup can be a real problem. Not only from the snow that melts on your brakes, but also from the road salt that gets picked up along the way. When there’s too much rust, it can cause your brakes to lose power. Watch for any squealing noises or a slower brake reaction.
As car accident lawyers, we see far too many tragic accidents during this time of the year. We want you and your loved ones to stay safe. However, even the safest drivers can suffer consequences of others negligence. If you ore a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, reach out to us today. Let us help you get the compensation you need to recover.