The brake system is one of the most essential components of a semi-truck. Imagine the amount of weight being hauled that, when needed, must be able to come to a quick and safe stop.
That’s why the brakes should be inspected regularly for wear and tear. However, like all things in life, unexpected brake issues can arise when you’re on the road. In that case, it’s important to know how what to do to keep you and every driver as safe as possible.
If your truck’s brakes are imbalanced this causes them to wear out unevenly. One side of the system becomes weaker than the other, increasing the chance of dangerous issues. If you hear squeaking or scraping noises, or the brakes aren’t as responsive as they once were, it’s time to get them checked!
Here are some of the most common brake issues:
Brake failure is a scary and dangerous situation that no driver wants to find themselves in, but if this does happen to you there are some ways to try and stop your truck safely.
One way is to downshift and use the emergency brake. If your truck has hydraulic brakes, start to gently pump to slow down gradually. Seek out an escape route or utilize an emergency ramp if it's available.
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