I recently had a car accident where I gave myself a couple hundred feet to slow down before a car stopped at a red light. My car did not stop, even after pushing my brake pedal as far as I could. I initially thought that my brakes went out, but I did know that it had been raining all day and the roads were wet. I got the car checked by a mechanic and he said he could not find any problem with the brakes. Friends told me that I need to pulse the brakes next time so that will not happen. I mentioned something about pulsing the brakes to the mechanic and he said that I should not have to since the ABS should get activated. The strangest thing about the accident is that I was successfully stopped at a stop sign seconds before the accident. Even though I am driving very cautiously, the car seems to be fine now even though the brakes were not repaired in any way.
What was the most likely culprit of my accident? If I am a bad driver, I would at least like to learn what to change for the future. Do I need to pulse or tap the brakes when it is raining or wet out? Did I do the right thing by giving myself a couple hundred feet to come to a stop? Is there anything else I did not think of?