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Top Tips to Help You Extend the Life of Your Brakes

Are your brakes wearing out quickly?  Following a few simple tips will help extend the life of your brakes AND ensure your safety!

  1. Slow it down. It’s simple, the faster your vehicle speed, the more energy your brakes have to exert to stop your vehicle.
  2. Coast. When you know you're about to have to stop, begin to slow the vehicle down before you normally would and coast closer to your destination. The less force your vehicle has to use to brake, the longer your brakes will last.
  3. Use only your right foot. Some people have a bad habit of using both feet to control the vehicle. Using only the right foot will help you resist unnecessary brake taps and simultaneously pressing both pedals.
  4. Be alert. Learn from other people’s mistakes. You can watch and learn where other drivers fail to stop before it’s too late. Also, be alert of anything ahead of you that you might need to brace for. Set your phone aside, turn the radio down and limit other distractions so you can be more aware of your environment.
  5. Don’t brake unnecessarily. Braking can be a chain reaction caused by one person braking unnecessarily, causing every subsequent driver to follow suit. Don’t fall for it! Instead, stay alert, brake only when necessary, and give yourself space between you and the car in front of you, so you can coast without running the risk of rear-ending them.
  6. Flush the system. Brake fluid needs to be flushed periodically, especially if you have an older vehicle. Brake fluid naturally attracts water, and added moisture will reduce brake effectiveness.
  7. Don’t skimp! When it comes to your vehicle and safety, sometimes you need to splurge. Don’t be surprised if your bargain buy ends up breaking down. Spend a little more to get better parts and a longer shelf life. Do your research before replacing parts and buying things yourself.
  8. Don’t wait. If you are getting your tires rotated or a wheel replaced, go ahead and have them check on the wear of your brakes. If you notice that your brake time is increasing, check your brake pads. Don’t wait too long to get them replaced once you notice some wear and tear. It is too late once metal starts to hit metal!
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To Protect Your Car, Stop Doing These 4 Things!

If your car is seeing some abnormal wear and tear, it could be your driving habits that are to blame. Here are four common bad habits to stop doing right now. Playing gas tank chicken. If you repeatedly let your light shine--the gas tank empty light that is--you could be ruining your fuel tank. Your fuel pump is meant to regulate the pressure within the tank, which enables your sensors to know how much fuel is present. It’s meant to be immersed in fuel, so when you routinely let your gas tank run low, it can cause the pump to overheat. Over time, the constant overheating can cause damage to your pump. Not checking your tire pressure. New vehicles have Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems which alert you of low pressure. However, even if your pressure light does not come on, you should make it a habit to routinely check your tire pressure. Tire pressure variance can cause damage even before it hits the TPMS threshold. Neglecting your parking brake. Even if your car is an automatic, you still should make it a habit to use your parking brake. Putting your car in park requires your parking pawl to engage. It disengages the transmission’s output. Tons of added pressure are put on the parking pawl when the parking brake is not engaged to immobilize the wheels and remove the added pressure. This is especially dangerous on an incline. Get into a habit of engaging your parking brake even when you are not on an incline to protect your transmission. Being too shifty. Are you routinely shifting gears without coming to a complete stop? This is a common habit especially when shifting to reverse from drive and vice versa. This puts added wear and tear on your drivetrain components, as well as your transmission. Driving your car with these bad habits could mean unnecessary wear and premature aging of your vehicle. Protect the integrity of your car by correcting these habits and you’re sure to keep your vehicle happy and on the road much longer!

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