We all try to get more for our money. We clip coupons. We watch sales ads. We try to get more food at the grocery store. More, more, more. So why wouldn’t we want more mileage out of our brake pad and rotors?
Ease up on the “lead foot.”
Driving fast is not hard on your brakes, but stopping hard is. Fact is, if you’re going fast on the road, you’re going to need to hit your brakes hard to stop. Slow down, especially when you know you’re going to need to stop frequently.
Keep your car in good repair.
When certain components of your brakes get stuck or lock up, brakes can wear unevenly or heavily, sending you to the shop for premature replacement. Ask your mechanic to check your brakes every time you have your tires rotated or routine maintenance done to your car.
Don’t overuse them.
Every time you hit the brakes, you wear off a bit of material on your brakes. Only brake when you need to, and avoid mindless braking when you hit the brakes just because the car ahead of you braked.
Allow for more distance between you and the car ahead of you.
Leave drafting to the professional race car drivers. When in traffic, don’t drive too close to the car ahead of you so you don’t have to suddenly stop. You’ll get in less accidents and get more mileage out of your brakes.
Minimize your heavy loads.
Overloaded cars and towing vehicles wear down brakes, simply because you need to use more brakes to stop. If getting more mileage from your brakes is your goal, don’t overload your car and clean out heavy items when you don’t need to carry them.
Flush your brake fluids.
Proper lubrication is the key to long brake life. Make an appointment to have your brake fluids flushed so your brakes stay lubricated, you stay safe, and you get more miles out of your brakes.