Types of Automotive Braking Systems

Despite the existence of motorized carriages since the late 1800s, the first car to have four-wheel hydraulic brakes was not created until 1922. Braking systems in vehicles are used to inhibit motion whether it is for a stop sign, red light, to slow down, or to avoid hitting another vehicle.

The emergence of braking systems in vehicles has allowed for a safer car ride and the prevention of serious car collisions. However there are many different types of braking systems, some of which might be considered safer than others. It is also important to note that although they are built for safety, braking systems can also fail and lead to a car collision.

In Illinois there were more than 281,000 motor vehicle accidents reported throughout the state in 2011, approximately 34% occurred on roadways with traffic signs and signals. The causes of these accidents are varied; nonetheless, some were likely caused by poorly maintained or malfunctioning brakes.

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Types of Braking Systems

Designed to decrease the speed of a moving vehicle or bring it to a full stop, all braking systems are not built alike nor do all cars come with the same type of brakes. Most commonly, hydraulic brake systems are the method of choice in modern-day vehicles. Hydraulic brake systems may be single or dual and use brake fluid to transfer pressure to transfer pressure from the controlling mechanism to the braking device.

Some other types of braking systems include:

Friction brakes – Also known as shoe-pad brakes these braking systems include band brakes, drum brakes, and disc brakes. Just as the name implies, these braking systems use friction to slow and stop a moving vehicle.

Air brakes – Commonly used in busses and large trucks such as semi-trailers, these braking systems use air instead of hydraulic fluid to activate a standard or disc brake.

Anti-Lock brakes – This automated system allows the wheels to maintain traction and prevents them from locking up which often leads to uncontrolled skidding. The systems uses a combination of threshold braking which is commonly used in motor racing, and cadence braking which is commonly known as “pumping the brakes”.   

Electromagnetic brakes – These braking systems are most often found in hybrid and electric cars. The system uses the electric motor to charge the regenerative brakes.

Brake-by-wire – Similar to electronic systems, this braking device uses electronic wires to communicate with the brake computer which then will function exactly like the dual-hydraulic brake system.

Parking brake – Also known as the emergency brake, this system uses a series of steel cables that control the rear brakes. The parking brake bypasses the hydraulic system and brings a vehicle to a complete stop even if the brakes fail.

Most modern day vehicles also used what is referred to as a brake booster which increases the force applied by the operator. The booster uses vacuum power from the engine which direct air through vales into the booster and thus applied more pressure as you brake.

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When brakes fail it can be a frightening moment for the driver, passengers, and other motorists who may witness the loss of vehicle control.  At Tapella & Eberspacher we believe that those who failed to maintain their brakes or manufactured faulty brakes be held responsible for their actions, particularly if the result was injuries to another party.

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