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7. Vehicle Components

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Safety Equipment - Braking

Braking Requirements

The Vehicle Code specifies braking distances that are required for vehicles. These standards differ for different sizes and weights of vehicles, and these distances will be greater for larger, heavier vehicles.

You should apply your brakes smoothly to avoid a locked-wheel skid.

Anticipate when you will need to stop so you can do so gradually. Smooth, gradual braking will:

  • minimize the likelihood of being rear-ended
  • save gas
  • avoid unnecessary wear on your brakes
  • A panel indicator showing "ABS" means that a vehicle is equipped with an antilock braking system. If you have an antilock braking system, you should keep constant pressure on the brake pedal while making an emergency stop.

    If you do not have an antilock braking system, you should use threshold braking. Threshold braking means that you apply and release pressure on your brake pedal in small increments at the skidding threshold.


    Lesson Summary


      

    Lesson 7 Quiz


    You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

    You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

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    3. The engine in your car is sometimes called:


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    4. The minimum tread thickness for passenger car tires is:


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    5. This oil warning light means that:


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