Ways You Can Make the Brakes in Your Car Last Longer
To give you the braking power you need when you need it, the brakes in your car will need to be replaced occasionally. While replacing the brakes is inevitable, you can maximize the longevity of your brakes by simply adjusting your driving habits and where you drive. Here are a few ways you can do that.
Maintain a Safe Distance and Slow Down Ahead of Time
Changing the way you drive can go a long way. Drivers that tend to follow closely to other vehicles not only risk a collision, but brake pads that give out quicker. Instead of forcing yourself to hard brake, you should always main a safe distance from other vehicles and slow down ahead of time. That means if you see a car ahead with their brake lights on, a stop sign in the distance, or a stoplight about to turn red, you should take your foot off the gas so that the vehicle can begin to slow. Then, gently apply the brakes as you approach.
Remove Unnecessary Belongings from the Vehicle
Are you the type of driver that likes to use their car as a storage area? If so, you should consider removing any unnecessary belongings from the vehicle. Extra weight in the vehicle means that you will need extra braking power to bring your car to a complete stop. For example, a vehicle carrying its driver and lots of cargo will require more braking power than the same vehicle carrying only its driver.
Change Your Route, If You are Able
Did you know that where you drive impacts the longevity of your brakes? Drivers that travel frequently in cities will find themselves replacing their brakes sooner than drivers that travel more often on the highways. This is due to the stop-and-go nature of heavily populated areas. Additionally, driving on roads that change in elevation can wear out your brakes quicker than if you were to drive on even ground. This is due to having to apply the brakes for the entire descent when traveling down a slope.
Of course, while this option can be helpful with maximizing the longevity of your brakes, it’s not possible for everyone. If you cannot adjust your route, try to avoid traveling during periods when traffic is heavy, such as rush hour.
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