ANCHOR LEAD: Summertime safety goes much further than swimming pools and suntan lotion. As Brian Osuch finds out properly functioning brakes on your vehicle can help stop an accident – before it happens. (:60)
SCRIPT: Zero-to-Sixty, I’m Brian Osuch. (SFX: Screeching Stop) Sudden stops… you never know when you’re going to need your vehicles’ brakes to keep you, fellow motorists and pedestrians safe. GM’s James Bell says this is the time of year properly functioning brakes are especially important.
CUT: (Bell) From my way of thinking, the brakes are probably the most important piece of technology, so they really need to be addressed. And especially as we look at the summertime season when pets are running across the roads and kids are playing ball and so forth, you might need panic stopping.
SCRIPT: Brakes typically last thirty-five thousand miles, but Bell says have them checked if they’re not responding as readily as usual.
CUT: (Bell) I know for many people they’re a bit of a pain. Oh they’re starting to squeal, it means I’ve gotta pay money. But, lets think about it. When you’re hurtling along the freeway at seventy miles an hour and you’ve gotta come to a stop, that is the part that counts. So make sure that your brakes are in the best shape they can be, take them to your local dealer, take them to a brake shop. It’s one of those few things in the car that just cannot be neglected.
SCRIPT: For more log onto GM-dot-com. That’s Zero-to-Sixty from GM. I’m Brian Osuch.
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