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How to Improve the Lifespan of Brake Pads

By Product Expert | Posted in Service, Tips and Tricks on Thursday, December 31st, 2020 at 6:49 pm
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Tips to Make Your Brakes Last a Long Time

Eventually, regardless of the kind of car you drive, you will need to get your brakes replaced. Brakes will need replacing from anywhere between 30,000 miles to 75,000 miles, with the average driver replacing them every 50,000 miles. So, why the large range? In fact, the way you drive and where you drive has a huge impact on how long your brakes will last. Here’s how you can improve the lifespan of your brake pads.

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Coast to Slow Down

When following another vehicle, you should always give yourself plenty of room to slow down. Not only does this reduce the chances of a front-end collision, but you can also take advantage of the extra space by coasting to slow down. Coasting to an easy stop will reduce wear on your brakes as you won’t be applying as much pressure.

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If Possible, Avoid Driving in Heavy Traffic and on Hills

The frequency on how often you use your brakes has a huge impact on when they need to be replaced. Drivers who travel frequently in stop-and-go traffic in a busy city will need to get their brakes replaced sooner than drivers who drive mostly on the highways. Of course, avoiding driving in the cities may not be possible. The best way to help your brakes in this scenario is to try to avoid rush hour where you will be stopping for cars and lights more frequently than if you were to travel during a less busy time.

Also, driving in different elevations can also make your brakes wear sooner as you will need to apply the brakes as you descend down hills. Drivers that drive in areas with lots of hills or in high elevation can expect to replace their brakes more frequently.

Remove Unneeded Items from Your Vehicle

When was the last time you cleaned out your vehicle? As weight increases inside your vehicle, more braking power will be required to bring your vehicle to a complete stop. This can lead to your brakes wearing out a bit more quickly. You can minimize this by removing unneeded items from your vehicle.

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