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Posted by Judie Langford on Dec 23, 2013 in Automotive

Simple Yet Effective Brake Tips for Your Vehicle

There are many important aspects to your vehicle but perhaps one of the most important operational parts of your vehicle while you’re driving are the brakes. While your vehicle’s brakes are extremely durable and will last anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 miles, you may not think too much about this aspect of your vehicles operation. However, regardless of the quality of the materials that are used for your vehicles braking system, these items will wear out over time. You can extend the life of the wear items of your vehicles braking system with a few simple Braking Tips.

It’s very tempting, especially when driving in heavy traffic to ride the brake continually. If traffic is extremely heavy, you will likely be using the brake pedal more than the accelerator, however, riding the brake can diminish the life of the brake pads and may cause you to need replacement brake pads much sooner than expected.
You’ll also want to consider leaving a fair amount of room between you and the car in front of you. This is extremely beneficial to your braking system. By leaving enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you, you can avoid the necessity of hard or fast stops. While this may have to be done from time to time, especially in emergency situations, avoiding this type of braking as much as possible will help reduce the amount of wear that you subject your braking system to and can help to extend the life of the wear items of your braking system.

Lastly, if you notice any issues with your brakes, such as your brakes squealing or if the vehicle pulls to one side or the other when under braking or if you notice that your vehicle takes longer to slow down, it’s best to take your vehicle into the service facility like Drake’s Brakes to have the vehicles braking system checked out. Having an expert look over your brakes can help you to find out what the problem is and have the problem fixed.

While these Brake Tips may not seem significant, they are effective in helping you extend the life of your braking system and help you to operate your vehicle safely. The last thing you want, especially with winter weather approaching is an inefficient or non functioning braking system.