Ensuring that your vehicle's brakes are in optimal working condition is one of the best ways to keep you save while driving. The frequency with which you should aim to have your brakes serviced depends on a variety of factors, including how often you drive and even your driving style. In general, however, it's important to visit a licensed shop to have your brakes inspected and serviced when you begin to hear a squealing sound when you brake. People who drive aggressively will often wear their brakes out faster than other motorists. If you're looking to extend the life of your brake components, you can accomplish this goal by changing how you drive.
Avoid "Riding The Brakes"
Many drivers make the common mistake of riding their brakes, which means that they're constantly tapping the brake pedal or even keeping their left foot gently pressed against it while driving. This habit will wear out your brakes more quickly and require them to be serviced on the sooner side. Riding your brakes can also have a detrimental affect to those around you -- when your brake lights come on unnecessarily, many other motorists will also slow down, which can create a traffic jam behind you for no real reason.
It can be tempting to tailgate when you're in a hurry to get somewhere, but driving closely behind another motorist can be detrimental to the life of your brakes. If the other driver is a brake tapper, you'll find yourself instinctively hitting your brakes, too, which will wear them out sooner. Tailgating can also mean that if the leading driver slams on his or her brakes, you'll have to do the same to avoid an accident. Hitting your brakes hard will wear them more quickly. You can avoid these issues by maintaining a suitable distance for following. Typically, keeping at least three seconds between you and the other driver is recommended.
Driving faster than the speed limit can get pricey -- and in more ways than just having to pay a speeding ticket. When you drive too quickly for the road layout or the conditions, you'll often have to apply your brakes quickly in order to stop. In addition to being occasionally harrowing, hitting your brakes hard will only serve to wear them out sooner. Plus, keep in mind that there's plenty of evidence to suggest that speeding won't get you to your destination much quicker.
If your brakes need looked at or repaired, visit Alignment Center.