Car Repair , Help, maintenance
Written by Jessica Golden

Get Your Brakes Inspected for Winter Driving

For us who live in the Mid-Atlantic near the Atlantic Ocean or the Chesapeake Bay, winter can bring a wild mix of rain, snow, sleet, and ice. To drive safely during this season, your car’s brakes have to be in excellent shape. Rain that fell when the temperature was above freezing can turn into black ice after sunset when it gets much colder. An unexpected cold spell can turn the anticipated big rain storm into a blizzard that will force you to drive on snow-covered roads during your morning or evening commute.

Get Winter Ready

There are several steps you should take to ensure your car is ready for winter. Your list should include checking the oil and wiper fluid of your vehicle. However, pay particular attention to the most important safety system of your car – its brakes. When the streets are slippery with ice and snow, you need to ensure your vehicle can be relied on for stopping whenever required.

Become Aware

Many car owners don’t know how to spot the warning sings of faulty or failing brakes. Below are three indicators that your brake system has issues and you should have them inspected right away.

Squealing – When your brakes are squealing regularly, it is a solid sign that your vehicle’s brake pads are worn down. They need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Feels Odd – When you step on the brake pedal, it feels really odd. The brakes feel “thicker” every time you try to stop. Another clear sign that your brakes are not performing satisfactorily is if it takes much longer to come to stop.  

Steering Pull – When brake pads are wearing down on one side at a different rate than the other, it may lead to steering pull. This creates a safety hazard as it decreases your control over the vehicle.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991.

We have a modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology. Our large, clean, and comfortable customer waiting area offers free Wi-Fi. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. Our courteous and professional staff will be very happy to see you.