And on your way out of the workshop...
Anyone who thinks they’ve left all possible problems behind when they’ve collected their car from the mechanic is gravely mistaken. Since these are mechanical and hydraulic components, a running-in period of approximately 300 km is required to make the braking system perfectly operational.
During this mileage, we advise against stressing the friction material too intensively.
It is best if you avoid braking suddenly and try not to stress the brakes for too long. On the contrary, it is preferable if you brake gently and briefly to allow the brake pads to align with the discs correctly.
If the type of journey you intend to make involves intensive use of the braking system, it is best to take your car to have its brakes checked and possibly replace any detrimental components several days before departure, so you have time to perform running-in in ideal conditions.
Beware of the odd man out
Even if your braking system is in excellent condition, you should never forget that braking time and braking distance are also tied to the set of tyres fitted on your car. Indeed, with the same driver response times and braking system characteristics, you can get very different results depending on the type of tyres used.
In order to transmit all the braking torque to the asphalt surface, you need a quality tyre, which is in good condition and inflated to the right pressure. The latter is inversely proportional to the quantity of tyre rubber that is in contact with the asphalt surface: if they are under-inflated, they increase the braking distance, and if they are over-inflated they make it harder to control the car during braking.
During the holidays, therefore, it is a good idea to check the tyre pressure frequently, so as not to be surprised by longer than expected braking, which is potentially dangerous.
Caution! In addition to checking your car before embarking upon a long journey, it is a good idea to remember to have its regular MOT done - which is a legal obligation - as well as the services set by the manufacturers at set dates.