While driving a vehicle stopping distance is calculated on the basis of driver’s thinking of distance, meaning that distance travelled by vehicle before the driver reacts to a hazard on the road and the braking distance, which is how long the vehicle takes to stop once the driver applies the brakes.

The overall stopping distance depends on thinking and the braking distance, and the braking distance further depends on various circumstances. It is these circumstances which affect the overall stopping distance:

  1. Thinking distance: Thinking distance depends on the driver and also the speed at which the vehicle is travelling. This can be increased by the following factors:
  • Drivers tiredness and alertness
  • The driver taking drink or drug (legal or illegal)
  • Age of the driver-underaged and overaged driver may also have an increased thinking distance
  • Lack of concentration of the driver-using mobile phone while driving
  • The bad vision of the driver also leads to decrease reaction distance
  1. Braking Distance on Web-Dry Surface: Besides the speed at which the vehicle is travelling, braking distance gets affected and can increase by the below-mentioned points:
  • The Vehicle’s weight.
  • Brakes condition, in case of worn out discs/or pads longer time, is taken by vehicle to stop on wet weather.
  • Wet or icy roads increases the braking distance.
  • The condition of the road surface- On well-maintained roads with smooth surface less braking distance is there, whereas gravel, dirt and mud on the road will increase braking distance.

Further, the braking depends on the efficiency of your vehicle’s brakes. The following vehicle-related aspects are also to be considered when calculating the braking time and distance.

Braking-Time-and-Distance

Braking with locked wheels

There is very less variability in stopping distance when braking with locked wheels, but however, on the wet roads, there is a much more dramatic reduction in friction which can result in your vehicle ploughing ahead on entry to a corner. A sudden locking of wheels gives you feeling of your having a vehicle with ASB system, as this type of braking with locked wheels is not recommended with ordinary braking systems.

Tires pressures and grip

With lower pressure in tires increases the size of the contact patch. So letting out some air from tires (of course as per the manufacturer’s guidelines) will help to have more grip in wet conditions. But all this can be done up to a certain point.

The depth of tread in tire and braking distance: Research has confirmed that tires with more tread depth have a greater ability to stop the vehicle at a small distance in the wet and icy roads. Extra 8 meters is required if the tread depth is 25% or less to stop the vehicle and 13 meters if the tread depth is less than 10%. Brakes work better if they are 100% working and if their slight variation in the efficiency level sudden braking leads to the brake failure all of a sudden in the emergency. So brakes should be always kept in the perfect working condition always.

If you ever face brake problem or need brake replacement service in Auckland, you can come to Sterling Clutch and Brake Auckland and can get brakes of your vehicle checked and in the event it needs any service or replacement then that can done with genuine parts within minimum time and make your vehicle fit to drive safely on road again and let you and your family enjoy the drive. Otherwise, you can book your appointment with us calling @ 09 636 4919 or you can contact us on http://Sterlingbrake.co.nz.

A car which has a manual gear box will have a clutch. Being a part of car which is inconstant use when car is driven, it is very prone to wear and tear, especially if the clutch is not used properly. Since the cost of a new clutch with fittings costs around $ 200-$ 500 plus labour cost and GST, it makes sense that the how best clutch can be used so that it may not wear out prematurely. With better clutch engagements clutch lifespan can be prolonged. We at Sterling Clutch & brake in Auckland are happy to tell you about how you can prolong the life of clutch.  

 Here are few tips following which you might be able to enhance the lifespan of the car clutch. In turn you could minimise the intervals at which clutch replacement is needed and can save large amount of dollars over the lifetime of the car.

While Changing gear

To minimise the clutch wear we have to find which the biting point of the clutch is?  The main biting point of clutch is where the clutch plates meet and the point when the car begins to move and you slowly release clutch pedal after having depressed it. It is very necessary when the clutch has reached its biting point you release the clutch so that it is not inflected to unnecessary wear upon it through clutch slippage. Every car has different biting point and by driving the car for sometime the driver gets the fair idea of this point.

When you change gears, you depress the clutch rapidly, change the gear and slowly release the clutch again. At the point of changing gear you make it sure that your car is not too slow, causing the clutch slippage, or drive too fast causing unsmooth and clumsy gear change. With slight attention you can master the art of changing gears without inflicting any damage to the clutch plates and prolong the clutch life.

Clutch-engagement

Under Braking

It saves both fuel cost and extend the clutch lifespan if you make use of the engine braking when you lift off the accelerator and brake. The general accepted way to use your clutch under braking is not to use it at all to just before the point when engine starts to struggle and cut out. The general rule is to depress your clutch when the car speed is too low for the selected gear. Under heavy braking you depress the clutch as you depress brake. Make sure that your car engine does not cut out and on other that you retain better control over the car during braking, this result in less load shift and prolong the clutch life.

While ‘coasting’

With coasting the car speed can slowed down. With freewheeling car along the road the fuel is also saved. For coating you depress the clutch fully, to disconnect engine from the rest of the drive train. For short period you can do it by pressing engine, but for long drive change into neutral and keep the car roll the way and as soon car slows down again engage clutch and accelerate the speed as per the gear requirement.

Braking with Engine

It is just like “coasting” and used when you are going downhill. You can use engine braking to slow down the speed of car. Here the clutch is not touched at all and there is no connection between engine and gear box. But it is one disadvantage that to slow down you use brakes and brakes get heated soon and results in brake fade, meaning that car won’t stop actually at the place where you want to stop. Other disadvantage of this is that brake pad wears out much faster. To avoid unusual brake wear and tear you can to us for brake replacement service in Auckland Call @+64-096364919 .

What really matters is that engaging and disengaging of clutch should be done when it is truly necessary. When you do this then the life span of clutch necessarily increases and it also helps in fuel saving also. Thus you have to make a habit of driving car in such a way that use of clutch is made when it is really required and not press clutch pedal without any reason. More over you can choose the methods of driving the car as per the manufacturer recommendations and driving experts’ views and you will surely prolong the lifespan of the clutch. If you desire to get clutch replacement service in Hamilton you can contact Sterling clutch & Brake Hamilton.

For getting complete clutch check up and any other replacement of clutch parts you can contact your trusted auto shop Sterling Clutch and Brakes @ 09 636 4919 or in case you have any query regarding clutch or brakes regarding your vehicle you can contact us at http://Sterlingbrake.co.nz/