Engine braking - what is it?
Recently, more and more experienced drivers decide to brake the engine in various emergency situations in the form of ice, fog and other factors that contribute to increased accident rate on the road. But is it worth using this method on your car, and will it be effective and safe?
Types of braking
At the moment there are several ways to reduce vehicle speed. These are active braking, emergency braking, and engine braking. The first type is a smooth depression of the brake pedal when the vehicle is moving. The clutch is pressed only in cases where the engine speed is reduced to a minimum (that is, close to shifting downshifting). The second method implies a sudden stop of the vehicle by pressing the brake pedal hard. In this case, the clutch is disengaged only after the driver has fully depressed the second pedal. And the last type is engine braking.This method is similar to the active speed reduction, but the driver does not have to use the brake pedal. How does this work? The whole secret lies in the fact that engine braking acts on the motor itself, which, by virtue of its revolutions, stops or reduces the speed of the car. The gas pedal is not necessary to press.
How effective is it and where can it be applied?
Engine braking is a fairly effective method of reducing the speed of a car, and it is so effective and safe that it can be safely used in mountainous areas when the car moves along various serpentines. Due to the fact that the reverse of the asynchronous engine does not involve the work of the pads, the entire brake system does not overheat and the friction material does not emit a sharp odor during excessively frequent rubbing of the disc. Thus, the risk of sticking pads with brake drum is reduced to zero. Therefore, this method of reducing the speed is the safest among all the others. Also, engine braking is applied in conditions of low coefficient of adhesion of tires to the road bed. A vivid example of this is a blizzard and ice.It is in such weather conditions that this method is used by almost every driver. At the same time in the car increases stability and resistance to drifts, the risk of falling into which increases significantly in winter.
What should newcomers know?
The main mistake that many novice drivers make when braking in this way is to automatically press the clutch pedal, for fear that the car will stall while driving. This is fundamentally wrong, since shifting the car to neutral or simply pressing the clutch pedal, we reduce the engine speed (in fact, they should always be at maximum), thereby increasing your stopping distance. That is why this factor has a negative effect on the effect of inhibition. So, we found out all the effectiveness and security of this method of reducing speed. Good luck to you on the roads!