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How to Help Your Brakes Last Longer

Tips to Maximizing Car Brake Lifespan

Do you find yourself replacing your brakes too often? Wondering how to help your brakes last longer? On average, drivers replace the brakes in their cars every 50,000 miles. Of course, this can vary on multiple factors. If you are trying to maximize the lifespan of your car’s brakes, here are a few tips to follow.

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Avoid Hard Braking Unless in An Emergency

Something that many drivers do every time they drive is applying the brakes too hard. Instead of applying heavy braking right before a stop, plan ahead by giving yourself plenty of distance from the car in front of you and coasting to slow down. Coasting, or taking your foot off the gas pedal as a method of slowing down, is an effective way at helping your brakes as the amount of brake pressure required to stop is reduced. Not only that, but it will make your drive feel smoother and you are less likely to take a driver behind you by surprise due to sudden braking. Of course, if there is an emergency that requires you to slam the brakes, then you should definitely do so.

Avoid Driving on Hills or in Heavy Traffic, If You Can Help It

For some drivers, it isn’t a matter of how hard they apply their brakes, but rather how often. For example, when driving on hills, you will need to apply the brakes as you descend to avoid building speed. This continuous usage of the brakes can make your brake pads thin much quicker than if you were to drive on even ground.

Driving on heavily-populated roads and in cities can also do a number on your brakes. Commuters that find themselves driving in stop-and-go traffic, such as during rush hour in a busy city or on a crowded highway, will find themselves using their brakes very frequently, thus thinning out your brake pads. If you are able, try to avoid driving during busy times.

Remove Unnecessary Weight

Did you know that something as simple as cleaning out your vehicle can help your brakes? A car packed with luggage will require more braking power than the same car with no luggage. If there are items stored inside your vehicle that you don’t need, consider removing them.

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