For the cost of replacing all the old drum-brake parts it made good sense to upgrade. In the course of an average day’s driving the brakes are a very important piece of technology. As any old truck would tell you, there have been times when good working brake system was a real life saving blessing. I can think of a few times that I would have been in serious trouble if the braking system had not worked. So while we were hanging the new calipers on those shiny rotors it came to me as a sun beam though the trees during an early morning cruise. This little nugget of truth slapped me with the full import of reality. Even when there is no obvious pending danger, when the ride is a routine short hop to the corner store, the brakes are always in service. We seldom realize how much we use the brakes every time we go out for a drive. How and when to apply the brakes is a task we learn in the early stages of driver education. Any old truck that has survived a close call or two, and has the dents and dings to prove it, will tell you the skill of daily braking is the result of open road experience. We may not think of it often but the braking skills and systems have become part of who we are in the moment of our every movement.
The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life. Prov 16:17 (ESV)