How to Effectively Extend the Life of Your Brakes

Sun Devil Auto Expert, published on 10/07/2015

Your brake system plays an integral role in your vehicle’s performance. , which makes it important that you do everything you can to ensure your brakes are always in good working order. Beyond making sure they’re in working order, take steps to extend the life of your brakes by following these tips.

Slow Down

Not only is driving the speed limit a good way to avoid getting a speeding ticket, but it can also help prevent unnecessary wear on your brakes. To be more specific, stopping from 65 mph instead of 55 mph can lead to burning a third more energy. The less force your brakes have to use to stop, the longer they can last.

Coast

Get into the habit of coasting to a stop and using your brakes as little as possible. When you’re coming up to the end of a freeway off-ramp, gradually coasting and slowing yourself down from 65 mph to 50 mph can go a long way in saving your brakes. You can also apply this logic to stopping for a stop light.

Routine Maintenance

Just like any other part of your car, prevention is key. By maintaining your brake system, you can help extend the life of your brakes and prevent unexpected, costly repairs down the road. A good rule of thumb is to have your brakes inspected with every oil change – that way you’re aware of any unusual wear early, and can take the appropriate action.

Look Ahead

To help with coasting and slowing down, look ahead on the road to spot traffic, stop signs, red lights and any other hazards that require slowing down or completely braking. Even better, look several traffic lights ahead to anticipate how you’re going to navigate. Always remain alert to what’s going on to the sides, behind and in front of you while you’re driving.