Last week when it was raining, the car in front of me decided to abruptly stop. As the road was beautiful, smooth blacktop, I went in to a skid....thank God there was a shoulder onto which I veered and came to a stop.
That made me think that I might be in need of new tires before the snows begin to fly.
Today, I left work early to take my mom to her doctor's appointment. Trucking down my street I stopped for the school bus and then when I resumed my drive I heard this grinding horrible noise. I immediately stopped and took a peak under my car. Sounded like I was dragging something. First, I thought muffler came off, some pipe was dragging or I got a branch stuck under there. Nope. Nothing.
I got back in and began driving....and it was quiet. Puzzled I asked if my mom heard it and she was sure it had just been a branch.
So, there I am driving TWENTY FIVE LONG MILES when I realize that when I press on the brake it makes a similar grinding noise. When I finally get off the highway and stop at a light....I winced at the noise! Oy! It finally hit me. It was my brakes!
It wasn't my tires that caused the skid....it was my failing brakes! I slowly make the last mile to the doctor's office. Thankfully mom's tests were all good...and an hour later I am ready to make the trek home. Side streets or freeway? Side streets - slower, safer, more braking. Freeway - less braking, but, if you do need to brake, you better be able to.
I could have called AAA but, there's no way I would have been able to get my mom up in to the tow-truck cab. It was the longest and scariest drive home, ever!
I don't know much about brakes....but, when I look through the tire to the brake, is it supposed to be so shiny that I can see my own reflection??
THANK YOU GOD for getting us home safely! That's all I got to say!