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Controlling and Braking a Chevrolet Vehicle on the Road

Chevrolet Vehicles are certainly known for their quality and affordable prices at which they are available, but there are certainly several others traits which ideally describe these cars and portray a positive picture of them. One of these features of the Chevrolet automobiles which make them really optimal includes their braking system and how controllable they are.

Control of a Chevrolet Vehicle

You have three systems that make your Chevrolet vehicle go where you want it to go. They are the brakes, the steering and the accelerator. All three systems have to do their work at the places where the tires meet the road. Sometimes, as when you’re driving on snow or ice, it’s easy to ask more of those control systems than the tires and road can provide. That means you can lose control of your vehicle. 


Braking action involves perception time and reaction time. First, you have to decide to push on the brake pedal. That’s perception time. Then you have to bring up your foot and do it. That’s reaction time. Average reaction time is about 3/4 of a second. But that’s only an average. It might be less with one driver and as long as two or three seconds or more with another. Age, physical condition, alertness, coordination, and eyesight all play a Part. So do alcohol, drugs and frustration.

But even in 314 of a second, a Chevrolet vehicle moving at 60 mph (100 km/h) travels 66 feet (20 m).That could be a lot of distance in an emergency so, keeping enough space between your vehicle and others is important. And, of course, actual stopping distances vary greatly with the surface of the road (whether it’s pavement or gravel); the condition of the road (wet, dry, icy); tire tread; and the condition of your brakes. 

Avoid needless heavy braking. Some people drive their 
Chevrolet car in spurts heavy acceleration followed by heavy braking rather than keeping pace with traffic. This is a mistake. Your brakes may not have time to cool between hard stops. Your brakes will wear out much faster if you do a lot of heavy braking. If you keep pace with the traffic and allow realistic following distances, you will eliminate a lot of unnecessary braking.

That means better braking and longer brake life. If your Chevrolet vehicle engine ever stops while you’re driving, brake normally but don’t pump your brakes. If you do, the pedal may get harder to push down. If your Chevrolet car engine stops, you will still have some power brake assist. But you will use it when you brake. Once the power assist is used up, it may take longer to stop and the brake pedal will be harder to push.

Anti-Lock Brakes

If your Chevrolet has anti-lock brakes - (ABS) it, has an advanced electronic braking system that will help prevent a braking skid. If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, the brake pedal will say so.

To Use Anti-Lock

Don’t pump the brakes. Just hold the brake pedal down and let anti-lock work for you. You may feel the Chevrolet system working, or you may notice some noise, but this is normal.

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