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Tip No: 12 - Braking
Always be extra careful about anticipating stops and try to brake early.

When road conditions are bad or when you have been driving through wet or icy conditions, check your traction periodically and test your brakes early when slowing or stopping to make sure there is no fading. Water on the brake drums/rotors can seriously impair braking efficiency.

Stopping on slippery road is more difficult than under normal conditions, so give yourself extra time and keep your distance.

If you don't have an anti-locking braking system (ABS), in bad weather such as on wet, icy or snow-covered roads, brake gradually to avoid locking the wheels. If the wheels do lock, ease up on the brakes until they unlock, then reapply pressure gradually.

Have periodic brake checks, by a licensed mechanic.

If you are braking on a slippery road and want to turn, reduce your speed as much as possible first and ease up on the brake pedal as you begin your turn, take your foot off the brake pedal.

Check your traction! If traction is bad, you may need two or three times more braking time and braking distance. Slow more ate first (harder brake pressure) then AFTER the car responds you can ease up. This give you more room if something goes wrong, and more time to make adjustments.

This driving tip is from the Partners in Safety booklet, which was published by the Ontario Trucking Association.  Expert instructors of the DSAO have carefully vetted all of these tips.

  Driving Tips
  1-Training Counts
  2-Setting Out
  3-Driving in the Rain
  4-Passing Trucks
  5-Preventing Skids
  6-Handling Skids
  7-Defensive Driving
  8-Backing Up
  9-Sharing The Road With A Truck
  10-Seat Belts
  11-Night Driving
12-Braking
  13-Regular Maintenance
  14-Biking & Blading
  15-Expressway Driving
  16-Preparing For A Long Trip
  17-Long Distance Driving
  18-Highway Hypnosis
  19-Break Down
  20-Preparing For Winter
  21-The Survival Kit
  22-Winter Driving
  23-Getting Unstuck
  24-Courtesy And Common Sense

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