Why Do We Need Brakes in a Car?


Do you know how to drive any of the following:

  • A Bicycle
  • A Scooty
  • A Car?
  • A Truck ๐Ÿ˜ …
โ€œWhy do we have brakes in a car(or any other vehicle)?โ€
Few possible answers could be:
  • To stop
  • To slow down
  • To reduce the speed
  • To maintain balance
  • To avoid collision

But from my experience of Long distance driving and even, many times, indulging in speed racing on Delhi roads with friends and sometimes to reach some meeting on time, where the vehicles plying outnumber the space available, Brakes serve an important purpose i.e.

Brakes enable you to drive faster

Give it a thought.

For a moment let us assume that there aren’t any brakes in your car. Now, estimate the maximum pace at which you may drive your car at?
Isn’t this question landing you in a fix? Is the answer to my question easy?
Itโ€™s because of the brakes that we can dare to accelerate and go faster to reach the destinations we aim to be at.

Unending Questionnaires in Our Life

Similarly, at various points in life, we come across muddled roads and paths leading to our ambitions on which we have to use brakes more than frequently. Maybe it’s the repeated questionnaire conducted by our parents, teachers, mentors & friends etcetera questioning our direction in our life, judging the decisions we have made or are yet to make or asking for the revelation of the progress report of our short time goals. We consider these unending surveys that we have to take, that the society is birthrighted to enforce upon us, as irritants or โ€œbrakesโ€ to our ongoing work.

Resistance- The Necessary Evil

But, remember, itโ€™s because of these recurring opinion polls and questions, akin to periodical brakes, that we got a tip to be able to reach where we actually are today.
It’s because of the disbelief of the people around us in our opinions that firstly, helped us chose a correct decision and the next, aided us to stick to our decisions, no matter what (resistance) may stand in between.
Without these metaphoric brakes, we would’ve skidded, lost direction or met with an unfortunate accident.
Would you believe in what you believe in if you were the only one who believed it?
These questionnaires or brakes helped us develop what is the foundation to oneself, ie. Self reliance, self belief.
So, appreciate the โ€œbrakesโ€ in your life.
Use them wisely!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ŠAs correctly quoted,

Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”

— Thomas J. Watson



Special thanks to:
Suvrat Singh Tomar (the idea about the post came from him)

3 thoughts on “Why Do We Need Brakes in a Car?

  1. Very easy , the way it unfolded as I read through the whole article , very well written , m proud of u .๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š

  2. From my perspective, the brakes are the single most cardinal safety characteristics of the automobile. We need brakes in order to reduce the speed of our road companion. Since pressing the brake pedal is similar to engaging a compounded structure, hence it can be difficult for a driver to understand the whole braking mechanism. As a driver, you may not understand its means and workings, but you should not take the brake aftercare errand for granted.

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