What Is Brake Checking and How To Avoid It


If you’ve ever driven on a congested roadway, you’ve probably seen a brake check performed or even been the victim of one yourself. This is when a driver in front of you deliberately and abruptly applies their brakes to force you to slow down. So, why do people perform such dangerous acts on the road?

In this article, we’re going to take a look at why this happens, how to avoid it, and what to do if it happens to you. If you’ve been the victim of a brake check which led to your vehicle being damaged, come see us at David’s Automotive Repair today to have one of our professionally trained service advisors take a look and get you back on the road as quickly and safely as possible.

Why Do People Brake Check

There are several reasons why someone decides to perform something as dangerous as a brake check. In most cases, the driver in front of you may feel as though you are driving too closely behind them (tailgating) and uses the opportunity to try and correct the other driver. In other, more serious instances, the driver in front may be upset or angry with the way you are driving, such as cutting them off and uses this as a way to get back at the other driver.

How to Avoid Being Brake Checked

The best way to avoid this from happening to you is to be cautious of how closely you are driving to the car in front of you. This not only gives you more time to react to anything that may happen in your immediate view, but also puts other drivers at ease who become anxious if a car is driving too closely behind them. The best rule to always follow while driving is the “two-second rule,” which means there should always be two seconds of cushion between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

What To Do If This Happens To You

If you are brake checked, the most important thing to do is to maintain all efforts to avoid a collision. While this may be difficult to do in some scenarios, avoiding an accident will not only keep you safe, but could also prevent you from being accused of tailgating. If you live in a more congested area, purchasing a dash cam could also provide you with protection against liability in the event of an auto accident.

If you’ve gotten into an accident, bring your vehicle to David’s Automotive Repair today. We are conveniently located in The Colony, Texas, and we look forward to helping you get back on the road as quickly and safely as possible.


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