How To Make Brakes Last Longer

The average lifespan of a brake pad is 70,000 miles. However, if subject to poor driving habits, a replacement might be required as soon as 25,000 miles in some cases. To avoid an untimely brake pad replacement, it’s important to adhere to preventative driving habits and to recognize the warning signs that your brakes need maintenance.

Normal Brake Wear and Tear

Your vehicle’s brakes were built to withstand a lot of wear and tear from everyday driving. But the excessive or misuse of brakes can lead to premature or frequent trips to your local maintenance shop.

Although conscious driving is something we can control, there are many factors that affect the lifespan of a vehicle’s brakes that are inevitable.

5 Ways To Extend The Life of Your Brakes

Brake pads wear quicker when drivers have a more aggressive driving style, are in stop-and-go traffic, or do a lot of heavy braking. But, there are ways to make your brake pads last longer. These small habit changes and regular maintenance services will extend the life of your brakes and save you money in the long run.

1. Invest in Quality Brake Pads

Put simply, you get what you pay for. Brake pads play an integral role in stopping your vehicle and because braking is a commonly performed action, investing in quality brake pads will ensure your safety and longer duration between replacement brake pads.

Your vehicle maintenance technician will be able to recommend the best brake pads for your particular make and model.

2. Coast Before Using Your Brake Pedal

Coasting is a driving technique that involves taking your foot off the accelerator and letting your vehicle slow down naturally before applying the brakes. Since braking at higher speeds causes more wear on your brake pads, it benefits your car (and your brake pads) to allow your vehicle to slow down before using your brakes.

3. Lighten Your Load

The heavier your vehicle, the harder it is on your brakes to stop your vehicle. Consider keeping only the essentials in your vehicle to avoid any unnecessary weight, and be aware of the weight of any modifications or aftermarket equipment you install to avoid premature wear on your brake pads.

4. Avoid Heavy or Sudden Braking

Drivers who slam on their brakes or suddenly brake frequently will have to replace their brake pads more often than those who practice coasting or allow for enough space to gradually brake. We’ve all encountered tailgaters and people who approach the rear of our vehicles too quickly.

Be mindful of the space between you and other vehicles, and your brake pads will last longer.

5. Flush Your Brake Fluid Regularly

Flushing your brake fluid regularly every two years or 25,000 miles will help your brakes and brake pads last longer. Because added moisture naturally occurs over time, it can lead to internal corrosion, causing a braking system failure.

Get Your Brakes Inspected By Professionals

Brake pads, although an essential part, are just one part of your vehicle’s brake system. It’s important to maintain a brake inspection schedule to keep your vehicle performing optimally and safely.

The team at Telle Tire is ready to provide full-service brake system maintenance, including brake pad replacement. Schedule an appointment at your local Telle Tire today!