Driving has become so autonomous to the majority of drivers that we hardly ever stop to think about everything that’s going on inside the vehicle as e drive. The things that happen when you perform certain actions – placing your clutch in, changing gears – coming to a stop even. Its stuff that is furthest from our mind when we’re stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic for 40km on the way home.
Well, if you have ever wondered exactly how your car’s brakes work – we’ve got it covered:
“A car in motion has a lot of kinetic energy, which is energy of motion. To stop a car, the brakes have to get rid of that kinetic energy. They do so by using the force of friction to convert that kinetic energy into heat.
When you press your foot down on the brake pedal, a connected lever pushes a piston into the master cylinder, which is filled with hydraulic fluid. That hydraulic fluid gets squirted along a system of pipes into other, wider cylinders positioned next to the brakes on each wheel.
This hydraulic system multiplies the force of your foot on the brake pedal into enough force to apply the brakes and make the car stop.”
h/t to wonderopolis for the info!
To Summarise: How Car Brakes Work
h/t to explainthatstuff.com – credit on information.
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