Besides being a great financial responsibility, owning a car comes with a legal responsibility that could affect the rest of your life. Think about it — you are responsible for yourself and any passengers in your car, the lives of other drivers on the road, and and the safety of anyone walking on the road, crossing the road or working on the road. You should also watch out for any kids playing near or on the street, and even pets.
One of the best things we can do to ensure safe and defensive driving is to keep your vehicle fit and safe. The Official Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Driver’s Handbook clearly states that “it is illegal to drive a vehicle in dangerous condition. A police officer or Ministry of Transportation inspector can examine your vehicle, at any time. If the vehicle is found to be unsafe, it may be taken off the road until the problem is fixed.”
Unfortunately, far too many car owners make the conscious decision to cut corners, or delay certain servicing requirements, especially brake maintenance. Your brakes are one of the most important safety elements of your car; their service should never be neglected, postponed or ignored.
The great thing about brakes is that they always give you warning signs before it is too late to replace, repair or service them — you just need to pay attention when you are behind the wheel. Any rattling, grinding or squealing sounds when you press on the brake pedal mean that your brake pads are worn out and need to be replaced immediately. Should you notice a delayed response time, sponge pedal, or if your vehicle pulls to one side when you brake, ask an auto repair shop to replace the old brakes ASAP.
Properly functioning brakes are key to safe performance and play a crucial role in keeping everyone safe on the road. At the first sign of brake trouble, reach out to Right Way Auto Repair in Hamilton, ON to schedule a service appointment. Our team of certified technicians specializes in brake replacement and can get you back on the road fast!