Braking Modulation

Grandpa Brakes
What is Braking Modulation? Its simply the process of varying the pressure you place on the pedal to keep a car’s brakes from locking up. If the brakes do lockup, a slight reduction in the pressure should unlock them.

If the vehicle you drive doesn’t have ABS anti-lock brakes, then you need to learn braking modulation. And you learn that by going to an open, flat parking lot (best to try it when its wet) and simply get up to speed and hit your brakes as hard as you can without locking them up. By learning to lift slightly off the brake pedal while you are braking and still keep slowing down in a controlled manner – then you my friend, have learned brake modualtion. Consider yourself “Old School.”

Inspect your brakes by a mechanic or brake specialist once every year. Strange noises from your brakes are an indication the brakes are going bad. Locking up the brakes can cause a loss of control. Use braking modulation to stop the vehicle in the advent of any emergency. Release the pressure on your brake pedal and then immediately press the brake pedal firmly again. Repeat this procedure until the vehicle comes to a stop.

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