Of The Potential Responses To My Brakes' Failure, I Did Not Choose The Best

Illustration for article titled Of The Potential Responses To My Brakes Failure, I Did Not Choose The Best

I have a friend who believes that car brakes can "heal themselves," and so continues to drive long after that metal-on-metal grinding sound begins to indicate a state of decreased safety and increased repair costs.

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Naturally, things haven't worked out so well for her in the brake department (four new rotors tend to add quite a bit to the cost of a brake job), but maybe next time will be different! Her example may be the reason I find this xkcd comic so entertaining, though the truth is that I've been a big xkcd junkie for years (an occupational hazard of working in the software industry, which I do when I'm not writing about cars) and I don't need much of an excuse to push Randall Munroe's work on others. Here's the comic in its entirety; thanks to Fej for the tip:

Illustration for article titled Of The Potential Responses To My Brakes Failure, I Did Not Choose The Best
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I try to use the brakes only when necessary. When I'm driving down the road, and I see a light up ahead, I just put the car into neutral and let it coast. I usually just lightly tap the brakes so it stops and I'm all good. This doesn't work in downtown Toronto, however, especially during rush hour. (every hour)