We often take our cars for granted right until the moment that they break down. This is dangerous to do with something as critical as the brakes, though, since a failure could cause an accident. You really need to identify the issue in advance and get it corrected as soon as possible. Do you know what red flags to look out for?
The first thing to consider is any noise that sounds odd or out of place. For instance, there is often a louder scraping sound if your brake pads are wearing out. Look for consistencies with any sound, such as the sound becoming loudest while actively braking.
You may also want to consider how your car reacts when you press the brake pedal. If it jerks or lurches, something may be on the verge of giving out. If the car pulls to one side or the other, the brakes may be working only on one side.
You can feel these reactions in the pedal, too. If you press it and it goes all the way to the floor before your car starts to slow, it is dangerously worn down. If it pulses a bit as the car stops, be wary that it may not be interacting with the vehicle properly. Always err on the side of caution when you notice anything that you do not expect or any change from the way the brakes used to work.
The reality is that many people do not maintain their cars as they should. If one of these drivers has an equipment failure and causes an accident, those who suffer injuries may have a right to compensation.