Check Your Brakes During Brake Safety Awareness Week – What’s Stopping You?

Bethesda, MD – August 15, 2011 – Brake Safety Awareness Week is scheduled for Aug. 20-28, 2011, and there is no better time to stop and get your brake system checked by a professional service technician, according to the Car Care Council. With many families gearing up for car pool season, checking your brakes before the school year starts and the weather changes will help ensure safe vehicle operation under a variety of conditions.

“Brake Safety Awareness Week is the perfect time to think about what’s stopping your car,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Brakes are a normal wear item for any car and eventually they’re going to need to be replaced for both performance and safety reasons. We commend the Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) for establishing a designated week to remind motorists of the signs and symptoms that their brake system may need maintenance or repair.”

Motorists should check their braking system at least once a year, however, it is important to be alert and recognize the warning signs of brake trouble year round. If your car is pulling to the left or right, or if you hear odd noises when you apply the brakes, you should inspect your brakes. Other warning signs include an illuminated brake warning light, brake grabbing, low pedal feel, vibration, hard pedal feel and squealing.

For routine maintenance, check a vehicle’s braking system at least once a year. A thorough inspection should include brake lining wear, brake fluid level, rotor thickness, condition of hoses and brake lines, brake and dash warning lights, as well as taking the car for a test drive to detect other potential brake system problems.

Several factors that affect brake wear include driving habits, operating conditions, vehicle type and the quality of the brake lining material.

About the Car Care Council
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit