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HOW TO PRESERVE THE CONDITION OF YOUR BRAKES

You rely on fast-reacting brakes to keep you safe while driving on city streets and while driving on the highway, so ensuring that you keep them in good condition is paramount to your safety. Although over time, the effectiveness of your brakes will wear out and you will either need to repair them or replace them. Brakes can be very costly and taking good care of them to ensure you are getting the most out of them can save you money and time in repairs. Here are few ways you can preserve the lifespan of your vehicle’s brakes:

 

FOLLOW THE SPEED LIMITS

 

Speed limits posted within your city or on highways are designed to keep you and other drivers safe, but it also works to protect your vehicle from excessive wear & tear. Driving over the speed limit reduces your ability to react to events occurring on the road, and if you must brake quickly while driving over the speed limit, you’ll eventually do physical harm to your brakes. Drive according to the road conditions, refrain from driving too fast, and you will have sturdy, effective brakes for a long time.

 

COAST BEFORE YOU BRAKE

 

Paying attention to vehicles in the distance will give you a good idea if the flow of traffic is steady or if there is any congestion. Instead of slamming on your brakes and requiring your vehicle to stop rapidly, naturally slowing your car down by removing your foot from the gas and coasting to a stop will sustain the lifespan of your brakes. An excellent example of this would be driving downhill towards a stoplight, stop sign or halted vehicle. Instead of using your gas right up until the point where you’re required to stop, take your foot off the gas and use your judgment when you should activate your brakes.

 

REDUCE THE WEIGHT IN YOUR CAR

 

This point typically refers to individuals that use their vehicle to transport equipment for work, but it can also apply to drivers that have upgraded their vehicle with heavy aftermarket sound systems or wheels. Typical aftermarket upgrades, especially aftermarket wheels, are heavier than car parts designed explicitly by your vehicle’s manufacturer. You may not notice how weight affects your vehicle’s brakes, but it certainly impacts them. Carting around boxes of heavy material for extended periods will eventually take a toll on the braking system. Even the cumulative weight of your passengers can affect your brakes over time which is commonly seen in vehicles used for long distance carpooling.

 

SCHEDULE MAINTENANCE CALLS

 

Vehicle maintenance is imperative for a fully functioning automobile. A licensed technician will be able to diagnose any concerns that you may be having with your brakes. If you hear loud squealing noises, or if you notice that you need to apply effective pressure to stop your vehicle, you may need to have your brakes flushed. A mechanic will also be able to ensure that your brakes are adequately lubricated.