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How Do Brakes Work?

June 1, 2021

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Did you know the number one safety feature on your vehicle IS NOT airbags? Nor is it the Automated Driver Assistance System we see on the newer cars. It isn't even your daytime running lights.

The number one safety feature on your vehicle is your BRAKES. If you cannot stop your vehicle in time to avoid a collision, you and whatever you collide with are in trouble.

Unfortunately, brakes are one of the more overlooked and underappreciated safety features that often go ignored until they start squealing. To curb the tendency to neglect your vehicle's brakes, the Dowdy's Automotive team assembled a few entertaining and educational videos showing how brakes work.

Brakes: How They Work | Science Garage by Donut Media
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Now that you know how brakes work let's find out how to tell if your brakes need to be serviced or repaired.

5 Warning Signs Your Car Needs New Brake Pads by Build Your Own
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If you cannot get to Dowdy's Automotive for brake service and repair in time, we think it's important to share a video instructing you on what to do if your brakes fail.

What To Do If Your Brakes Fail On The Road by Economical Insurance
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Of course, we hope your brakes never fail you and that you always remain safe while driving. Preventive maintenance is a great way to prevent your brakes from wearing out, and the auto repair team at Dowdy's Automotive is happy to assist you.

Our goal is to be your convenient neighborhood shop, where you know you'll be treated with kindness and respect. That is why we have gone out of our way to offer a touchless auto repair experience so you can feel a little safer when getting your car serviced. Please be sure to schedule a service appointment if you desire our team to pick up and deliver your vehicle happily.

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