Brake replacements don’t come cheap, and cruising around with worn-down brake pads is not a viable (or safe) alternative. As with many things in life, the best way to minimize the frequency of brake replacements is to take good care of the ones you already have. Mechanics and manufacturers loosely agree that the average set of brakes can last anywhere from 30,000 to 70,000 miles, and much of the range in how long brakes will last comes from differences in individual driving styles.
To keep your wheels rolling toward that 70,000-mile mark, Frecks & Sons' Automotive recommends sticking to the following guidelines:
- Go with the flow: Don’t speed and you won’t need to slam on your brakes, which is tough on the pads.
- Stop riding the brakes: Driving with your foot even resting on the brake pedal can put constant, light pressure on the brakes, wearing them down fast. Keep your foot off to the side, where it belongs.
- Cut the drag racing: Taking off from a stoplight like you’re competing in the Indy 500 will just force you to brake hard at the next light, which is usually timed to turn green with the flow of traffic traveling at normal speeds. As an added bonus, this will also reduce wear and tear on car shocks.
- Grease your car: Take your vehicle to a professional so the brake components stay properly lubed. Plan to have your brakes checked when you go in for an oil change, and your mechanic will take care of the rest.
Following all of these recommendations will extend the life of your brakes significantly. When it does come time for a brake repair or replacement, Frecks & Sons' Automotive has you covered with the latest in auto technology and highly trained technicians. Give them a call at (636) 928-5326 to schedule a brake check today.