Use of Brakes

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PROGRESSIVE BRAKING TECHNIQUE

  • Aim to make all braking manoeuvres in plenty of time.
  • Foot pressure on the pedal should be progressive and increased steadily.

braking

  • A – Gently take up the initial free movement of the brake pedal.
  • B – Increase the pressure smoothly until the required speed is lost.
  • C – Relax the pedal pressure as the speed is lost. Release it just before stopping to prevent jerking.

When coming to a stop in traffic, you should be able to see the bottom of the rear tyres of the vehicle directly in front of you.

This will give you the advantages of:

  • Room to manoeuvre if the vehicle in front should stall, roll back or have any other problems.
  • Space to pull forward if a following vehicle is approaching the stationary traffic too fast.
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