Ways To Test A Vehicle's Braking Ability During A Test Drive

When you're test driving a vehicle in advance of potentially buying it, there are a number of different things to evaluate. While you'll want to assess the vehicle's comfort, blind spots, and overall features, you'll also want to devote ample time to checking how it performs. One factor that you'll definitely want to notice is how the vehicle brakes. Braking can vary from one vehicle to another and not just based on brake health. Heavier cars may take longer to slow to a stop than lighter cars, for example. Here are three ways that you can test a vehicle's braking ability during your test drive.

Hard Braking

Ideally, you won't have to brake hard very often when you drive. However, you'll need to feel confident that your vehicle will respond when the need arises. Head out to a quiet road and get up to speed. Make sure to let the salesperson traveling with you know that you intend to brake suddenly so that he or she can get ready. When there are no other vehicles near you, step on the brakes hard. Doing so will allow you to assess how quickly the vehicle stops, how easy it is to control as it decelerates, and whether or not it veers to either side during the braking process.

Stop-And-Go Braking

If you commute to and from work in heavy traffic, you may do a lot of stop-and-go driving. If so, you'll want to see how the vehicle performs during this type of braking. Find a busy street near the dealership and get in a row of cars. As the cars move forward and then slow down, put pressure on the brake pedal as you normally would. You'll be able to notice a few things, such as whether the vehicle brakes slowly, how aggressively you need to push the pedal to stop in a desired length of time, and how much the car lurches as you slow down.

Corner Braking

Occasionally, you'll find yourself driving around a corner quickly. Of course, you'll be braking as you go around the corner, so this is another important way to assess how the vehicle brakes. Find an area with a low concentration of traffic and turn the corner at your standard safe speed. With the brakes partially engaged, you'll be able to notice how quickly the vehicle slows down in this setting, as well as how easily you can turn around the corner under control.

When looking at new, used, or certified pre owned cars, make sure you take your test drive seriously.

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My name is Brice Davies and I wanted to write a blog about auto dealers. When I was growing up, my father was an auto dealer for many years. He used to bring me to the dealership with him on the weekends when I didn't have school. I enjoyed watching my father talk to customers about cars and he knew every detail about every vehicle that was on the lot. I was amazed that my father could remember so much information about so many different cars. Since my father was in the auto dealership business for many years, he has given me many tips about purchasing a vehicle. He has also told me what it's like to work as an auto dealer and all of the duties that are required. If you need to learn about auto dealers, you'll discover a lot of useful information in my blog.

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