How to Make Your Brakes Last

If you want to get the most mileage out of your brakes and avoid burning through them, follow these five tips for how to make your brakes last. Not only will you save money over time, but you’ll avoid putting yourself at risk of getting into an accident because of faulty or worn-out brakes.

 

  • Start Stopping Sooner.

 

      • We’ve all been in a situation where we had to slam on the brakes before a stop sign or quick turn, but it’s one of the worst things we could do for our brakes. The faster you’re going when you start to brake, the more wear and tear you’re going to see. Start slowing down well before you reach a stop light, and stop giving your car gas as soon as you see a car’s brake lights in front of you on the highway. It’s worth it.

 

  • Leave Room.

 

      • Never tail the car in front of you too closely. Not only is it annoying for them, but it’s dangerous for you both and it’s bad for your brakes. Here’s a simple tip to follow: Choose a stationary object next to the car in front of you and then start counting. If you pass said object before you can count to three, you need to back off a little bit.

 

  • Don’t Speed.

 

      • Remember what we said in the first point about stopping sooner? Well, when you speed you’re making it a lot harder to do that. Even a little extra speed has a significant effect on you brakes. For example, stopping from 65 mph as opposed to 55 mph causes your brakes to dissipate a third more energy. That’s a lot.

 

  • Lighten The Load

 

      • Don’t use your car as a storage closet. Unload anything you don’t need in there, especially if you’re carrying around some extra weight. The heavier your car is, the harder it is on your brakes. Not to mention the fact that you’ll burn through gas and tires (and money!) faster, too.

 

  • Get Serviced

 

    • Don’t forget to have your brakes regularly checked and serviced! That way you’ll be able to stay on top of the status of your brakes before they get too bad. Of course, when you know your brakes are getting low or they start to make strange noises, you should have your vehicle serviced as quickly as possible. If you wait, it might be too late. Click here to find a service location near you.