If you own a vehicle, at some point you will probably have to change the break pads. Brakes are an essential part of the car because they stop the automobile from moving. Replacing breaks is a costly but necessary service. Removing the worn pads for new ones will reduce further damage to the vehicle and help prevent accidents. While some padding systems are made of lower quality than others, many parts wear because of driver use. But there are things you can do – and stop doing – to keep your braking system in better shape and lasting longer.
1. Slow Down
Speed is hard on brake pads because the faster you drive, the more friction it takes to stop your vehicle. Driving the speed limit will reduce the amount of damage done to the pads when you have to slow down or stop.
2. Learn to Coast
Many drivers constantly tap their brakes, causing a domino effect as the drivers behind them automatically want to tap their brakes. But this unnecessary action creates constant friction on the braking system, resulting in undo wear on the pads. Rather than hitting on the brake pedal all the time, learn to coast by just lifting your foot off the gas. Coasting can slow the car naturally without causing over use.
3. Drive with One Foot
Unless you own a standard that requires both feet, use only your right foot when driving your automobile. People who use both feet tend to tap on their brake pads more frequently, causing unwanted wear. You can eliminate this habit by using the same extremity for the gas and braked pedals.
4. Brake softly
Some drivers slam down on the brake pedal, stopping their car quickly and hard. Unless something jumps in front of you, or there is unforeseen danger that requires this sudden action, there is no need to floor the pedal. This only ruins your pads more quickly. Instead, brake gradually, slowing your car gently to a halt.
5. Look Ahead
One of the reasons people end up slamming on their brakes to stop is because they are distracted, or are not looking ahead to see what’s happening with the traffic in front. By looking beyond what is immediately in front of you, you have a better chance to see any potential changes or interruptions to the traffic flow so you can prepare to stop sooner rather than later.
6. Lighten Up
Carrying a lot of weight in the trunk or on the car seats puts excess strain on the braking system which can further add to premature wear-and-tear. Rather than leave unused items in the trunk or on the seats, unload what you do not need and only stow what you need during that trip in your trunk.
7. Regular Maintenance
Take care of your vehicle. Maintain it regularly with tire rotations, fluid flushes and inspections. By taking proper car of your auto, systems will last longer and you will not have to replace products so quickly.
8. Don’t Buy Cheap
While it is natural for drivers to try to save money on costly repair bills, purchasing cheap, ineffective or no name parts or services can end up costing you more in the long run. Do your research before buying. Use quality replacements and have a qualified, insured, trustworthy mechanic do the work.
Replacing your brake pads on your car is part of vehicle maintenance. To reduce costs, there are things drivers can do to protect their systems so they last longer. Taking care of your brakes will improve their lifespan.