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How To Take Care Of Your Brake Pads


One of the most important safety features in your car (if not the most important) are your brake pads and your overall braking system. If these aren’t working optimally, you could be putting yourself and others on the road at risk, so it’s important that you know how to take care of them… and when it’s time to replace them.


First of all, your driving style could be having an impact on how long your brake pads last. Riding the brake, where you keep one foot on the brake pedal at all times, will lead to excessive heat and premature wear, as well as the need for more frequent services.


Instead of riding the brake, you can help protect your pads by slowing down through the gears and using the engine and clutch to help you slow down. This means you only need to brake when it’s absolutely necessary.


While it’s true that brake pads can last from anywhere between 30,000 miles to 70,000 miles, this will ultimately come down to what your driving style is like, so make sure you’re doing all you can to help them go the distance.


The weight of your car can also have an impact on wear and tear on brake pads. If the car is lighter, you’ll find it easier to slow down and you won’t have to brake as hard in order to stop, so taking out any excess weight could prove quite beneficial for your pads.


Finally, it’s essential that you always pay close attention to your car’s warning lights so you know when to replace your brake pads. Most modern cars these days are fitted with sensors that will detect when your pads are starting to fail, so you don’t have to worry - but do make sure that you get the car serviced if the warning light comes on.


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