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Brakes are the most important safety system in any car, most modern cars have brakes on all four wheels, operated by a hydraulic system. Brakes may be disc type or drum type.
The front brakes play a greater part in stopping the car than the rear ones, because braking throws the car weight forward on to the front wheels. Apart from the hydraulic braking system, all cars have a mechanical handbrake which gives limited braking if the hydraulic system fails completely