Are your brakes wearing out quickly? Following a few simple tips will help extend the life of your brakes AND ensure your safety!
- Slow it down. It’s simple, the faster your vehicle speed, the more energy your brakes have to exert to stop your vehicle.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!