Before Regret, Here's What to Do to Avoid and Overcome Brake

 The brake incident is the most feared situation for every rider. This can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time such as the tragedy of the tronton truck that hit dozens of vehicles at the intersection of Muara Rapak, North Balikpapan, Balikpapan City on Friday (21/2).

The truck, weighing a total of 20 tons, drove uncontrollably on the descent and hit a motorist who stopped waiting for the turn of the green light. The tragic accident left four people dead, one critically injured, three seriously injured, and 26 with minor injuries.

Before Regret, Here's What to Do to Avoid and Overcome Brake
Before Regret, Here's What to Do to Avoid and Overcome Brake

Keep in mind brake blong or braking system dysfunction is caused by several factors, one of which is due to not doing inspection and maintenance of brake components. No matter how sophisticated safety features are equipped in the vehicle, if the owner is not at risk of brake blong could happen and harm yourself and others.

But there is also an incident of brake blong caused by overheating in the braking component so that it experiences friction loss (friction) in the brake campas. The increase in excess temperature occurs due to braking that continues to be done and for too long. Furthermore, the use of brake fluid that is not in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations so that it does not have optimal boiling point resistance.

We remind you to always carry out regular maintenance on the braking system and use parts according to the manufacturer's recommendations. In addition, you also have to understand tips on dealing with brakes so that this incident can minimize vehicle damage and most importantly do not cause fatalities.

Training Director Safety Defensive Consultant Indonesia (SCDI) Sony Susmana explained, on the condition of brake blong in the vehicle there are several things that need to be done by the rider. "When the brakes fail, the driver or driver must take preventive and reactive measures," he said. 

Below are some tips from Sony that should be done to avoid brake blong and what to do when this incident happens to you on the road.

Preventive (prevention):

• Check the brake components (visual) every day in the morning before driving. Starting from inspecting the disc, hose, and brake fluid

Brake check every will drive, see the unusual whether there is a sound, smell, or other abnormal thing

• Get used to braking smoothly and avoid stepping on the brake pedal roughly which makes the brake work heavier

Frequently use engine brake (non friction) to slow down the speed of the vehicle when it will stop

• Get used to resting brake components on out-of-town trips.

Reactive (actions that must be taken when the brakes occur)

Do not panic and master yourself, because the count is not up to 3-4 seconds to ensure the vehicle is controlled.

• Lift the foot from the gas pedal (the vehicle will slow down because the engine brake is working) then put the gears into a low position accompanied by lifting the handbrake stalks subtly (2-3 clicks) and continue lifting the stalk until the vehicle slows down. After that, drive the vehicle to the left side of the safe. 

"If the distance is tight and the speed is not controlled see 3 spots (left, center, and right) then point the vehicle to a spot that has minimal risk of victims. The choice is 3, vehicle damage, driver victims, or victims of other road users," Sony concluded.

Big Vehicle Drivers Do This!

As for vehicles with large dimensions and loads there are some additional things to do. But in general, according to Sony the series of braking systems in large cars varies so it must be balanced with the competence of the driver. Globally, it's mandatory to do so below.

• Do not panic and immediately find a safe space to stop the truck. Think quickly and look for potential victims lost their lives the smallest and point there.

• Next step down gears, activate the exhaust brake &sound a long horn. If possible, activate the parking brake.


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