Life is busy and often requires us to take shortcuts. More times than not, we’re rushing to make it to appointments on time or to drop the kids off at school before we head to work. Sometimes this requires faster driving than usual, which can place extra stress on our vehicles, specifically the brakes. At Auto Specialty of Lafayette, Inc., we’d like to caution you when it comes to wearing down the brake system. If you find yourself practicing these three habits while driving, you may need brake service sooner rather than later.

3 Habits That Can Wear Down Your Brakes

1. Driving Downhill with Brakes

We all know it’s important to drive slow when you’re going downhill but driving while pressing on the brakes is not the best solution. Braking for long periods of time can cause the brake pads to overheat and the braking system to be less effective as well. Next time you’re driving downhill, use the low gear. Not only will this reduce the need for riding the brakes, but it will also help you control your speed.

2. Stopping Too Quick or Too Late

If you find yourself braking at the last minute or making hard stops, you’re adding extra strain to your car’s entire braking system. This habit, which many don’t realize they’re practicing, produces excess heat and shortens the life of your brake pads. Rather than braking suddenly, do your best to anticipate traffic flow and leave a good amount of distance between you and the car ahead of you.

3. Hauling Extra Weight

Any time you’re hauling heavy boxes or equipment, carpooling with co-workers, or towing a trailer, the brakes have to work extra hard when coming to a complete stop. If this happens once in a while, there’s not much to be concerned about. If you find yourself pulling extra weight on a daily basis, this could wear the brakes out faster than normal. Prevent extra strain on your brakes by taking turns carpooling with co-workers or other parents, or investing in heavy-duty brakes that can handle the heavy loads.

Expert Brake Service

Schedule a brake check with Auto Specialty of Lafayette, Inc. by contacting us today at (765) 477-7300. Our certified auto technicians have years of experience and training to handle any issue with your brakes, as well as diesel engines, tune-ups, oil changes, wheel alignments, tire repairs, and exhaust systems. We gladly serve customers in Crawfordsville, IN, and all surrounding communities.

Source: Parham, Shawn. “Common Habits That Are Ruining Your Car’s Brakes.” Web article. Motor Biscuit. Endgame 360 Inc, 18 Sep. 2019. Web. 09 Aug. 2022.

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