Having an automobile with a brake system in good repair is essential for your safety and the safety of other drivers on the road. Replacing the brakes on your car can be quite costly, but luckily there are several ways to ensure that your car's brakes are in great condition and last as long as possible. Use the following tips to safely get as many miles as possible out of you're vehicle's brake system:
Don't Forget to Change the Brake Pads
The brake pads endure a lot of stress and friction, and over time they will begin to wear down. When this happens, your brakes will begin to make a squealing or screeching sound when the brake pedal is pressed. The brake pads should be changed as soon as their is any sign that they are worn out. Failure to change the brake pads promptly can result is extreme damage to your brake rotors. If you start hearing a grinding sound when you brake, your brake pads are completely worn out and if you continue to drive your rotors may become warped and need to be replaced.
The faster you drive, the more friction that is needed to bring your car to a stop. This is especially true if you drive fast and then frequently slam on your brakes to slow down-- driving this way is sure to wear out your brakes quickly. Your best bet is to lower your speed and begin braking slowly well in advance of where you need to come to a stop.
Learn How to Coast
There are ways to slow down your vehicle without having to engage the brakes. Coasting is a simple way to lower speeds-- you don't have to press the brake pedal, just take you foot off of the gas. Coasting is an easy way to slow down when getting on and off-ramp or when you're approaching a stop light. Your car will slow down dramatically, and then you can use your brakes at a much lower speed.
Schedule Regular Brake Services
An automobile's brake system is filled with brake fluid that protects the inner components of the brake system and helps the brakes work more efficiently. While brake fluid doesn't need to be drained and refilled nearly as often as engine oil, most auto manufacturers recommend a brake line service every few years. Take the time to read your owners manual and have your break system services as needed.