Nothing is as important for you on the road as the safety of your loved ones. In keeping with this, you make sure that your car is serviced on time, equip it with tyres of good quality and also try to keep them aligned and balanced at all times. Similarly, you get the brake pads changed from time to time to make drives safer and pleasurable. Just as keeping tyres balanced and aligned helps prolong their life, there’re simple ways in which you can extend the life of the braking system.
Driving at lower speeds is not only efficient but also protects the brake pads from unwanted wears. Nothing damages them like stopping the car from high speeds. The reason behind is simple – the higher the kinetic energy, the higher the wear. The brake pads absorb the heat generated in the braking process. So, when you brake at lower speeds, the heat generated is also a lot lesser.
Perfect the art of Engine Braking
Engine Braking helps you reduce the speed of the car gradually without applying the brakes. This enables you to save fuel and protect the brake pads. All you need to do to is master this art. Think ahead – look for traffic bottlenecks, decelerate using Engine Braking to reduce speed and then apply the brake to come to a halt.
You can keep on downshifting gradually and reduce speed all the way using Engine Braking but we suggest you not to do it unless you know how to do rev-matching.
Apply brake with the right foot
While driving a car with automatic transmission, some people have a habit of keeping their brake slightly pressed with their left foot. Avoid doing so by developing a habit of applying the brake with the right foot as and when required.
Keep your car light
Avoid loading your car with unnecessary items, as a heavier vehicle is harder on brakes as well as on tyres. Remove things that are not useful from the trunk, especially heavier ones, for improved braking and performance.
Change brake fluid periodically
Flush out the brake fluid at suggested time intervals to extend the life of internal components of the braking system and better brake effectiveness. Brake fluid has a tendency to attract water. This moisture leads to internal corrosion, which destroys the rubber seals. Also, after repeated braking, the moisture boils and reduces braking effectiveness.
Choose brakes carefully
Low costs brakes wear out faster but expensive ones also don’t last forever. Opt for a brake that meets your needs in terms of safety and performance, and replace it as soon as they wear out.
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