What’s the main cause of brake fade?

Question Topic: Safety and your vehicle

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Oil on the brakes
The brakes out of adjustment
The brakes overheating
Air in the brake fluid

On steep hills, you’ll normally need to reduce speed. Change down to a lower gear to give yourself more braking power and control.

By selecting a lower gear, you should be able to avoid using your brakes too much. Excessive braking on hills can result in ‘brake fade’ and loss of control. Brake fade is a loss of braking power caused by the heat generated by continuous use of the brakes.

Look for ‘escape lanes’, which are designed to stop runaway vehicles.

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