Although every vehicle undergoes normal wear and tear during its lifetime, there are several factors that can affect the longevity of certain parts and systems. For instance, you can follow these guidelines to help extend the life of your car’s brakes.
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- Coasting is your friend – Rather than wait until the last minute to press on the brakes, let your car coast to slow down before stopping.
- Lose some weight – Remove unnecessary items from your vehicle, especially heavy items. The extra weight can take a toll on your brakes.
- Don’t’ play the imitation game – Keep a big enough distance between you and the car ahead of you. That way you aren’t forced to slam on the brakes if traffic changes. This also allows you to keep an eye on the road ahead in case the car ahead of you is braking unnecessarily.
- Stay up-to-date with routine maintenance – Keeping up with regular brake service allows experienced mechanics to catch any potential issues before they become life-threatening. It also helps to ensure your brakes are working as efficiently as possible.
- Get your left foot off the pedal – Although some drivers may be tempted to use both their right and left feet while driving, they run the risk of pressing on both the gas and brake pedals at the same time and causing unnecessary wear on the brakes.
- Cheaper is not better – When it comes to brake parts, it makes more sense to pay the extra money for more advanced components. They will last longer and be more reliable.
If you have any questions or concerns about your vehicle’s brakes or making them last longer, feel free to reach out to our team at Seacoast Mazda. Our service technicians are ready to help you out!