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The descent of the mountain is one of the most delicate stretches in a car ride. The mountainous region is steep and has a high incidence of rain and fog, so you have to be extra careful while driving. In addition to the maintenance of the vehicle, in particular brake and tire systems, which must be done before placing your foot on the road, it is necessary to use the brakes in the correct way so that it does not lose efficiency and ensures safety throughout the journey.

According to the technical assistance coordinator of TMD Friction do Brasil, Raulincom Borges da Silva, there are basic precautions that must be respected during the descent of the mountain to avoid possible problems during the trip. Thinking about it, he separated some fundamental tips so that the car’s brakes are preserved and guarantee the necessary efficiency.

Get off with the car in gear
Driving while in gear ensures stability, in addition to offering more efficiency when the engine is braking. This care ensures that the brake does not have to be applied all the time during the descent, preserving the entire vehicle system.

Use the engine brake
Excessive use of the brake can cause a large increase in the temperature of the brake system, which is why it is ideal to use the motor brake. By reducing gears, it is possible to avoid overload, preserving all equipment.

Manual and automatic transmission
In the case of cars with manual transmission, it is recommended to descend the mountain using the same gear that would be used on the climb, to preserve the brakes. Now, if the gearbox is automatic it does this reduction alone, but if the engine speed is too low, it is necessary to apply the brake manually through the gearshift lever or butterflies on the steering wheel, if any.

Beware of fog and rain
Fog and rain are almost always present during the descent of the mountain, so it is recommended to reduce the speed of the vehicle, pay attention to road signs and also maintain a safe distance from the car ahead. Thus, in addition to preserving the brakes, it is possible to avoid accidents.

ABOUT COBREQ
Cobreq is one of the brands of the TMD Friction group, the largest brake pad manufacturer in the world. The company develops brake linings, shoes and pads covering vehicles from the light, heavy and motorcycle lines. Located in an area of 100 thousand m², in Salto, interior of São Paulo, the factory represents one of the largest units of the TMD Friction group outside Europe. For more information access www.cobreq.com.br.

About the TMD Friction Group
TMD Friction, a group of Nisshinbo Holdings Inc., is a global leader in the manufacture of brake pads for the automotive industry. It also manufactures disc brake pads and drum brake linings for applications in various types of vehicles. Its product portfolio also includes sports brake pads, as well as friction materials for this segment. TMD Friction serves the global spare parts market through the brands Textar, Nisshinbo, Mintex, Don, Pagid and Cobreq, in addition to developing and producing friction coatings for the industry under the Cosid brand. The TMD Friction Group has four manufacturing plants in Germany, as well as other units in Europe, in the USA, Brazil, Mexico, China and Japan. The group has more than 5,000 employees worldwide. For more information access www.tmdfriction.com.