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What Can You Do to Make Your Brake Pads Last Longer?

Brake pads do wear out and for some car owners it might feel as though they wear out way faster than expected. If that’s what you seem to be experiencing, Young Automotive has some tips for you that might help.

Drive Defensively as Much as Possible

Defensive driving does more than help you to stay safe as you’re out on the road with other drivers. It also can do a lot to help keep your car in good working order. When you’re doing things like speeding or driving aggressively, that causes you to have to rely on your brakes more. Another good idea is to make sure that you leave space between yourself and other vehicles. This helps to ensure that you’re not having to stop suddenly or too hard, which wears down brake pads fast.

Avoid Carrying Unnecessary Weight in the Car

Something else that car owners frequently forget is that the weight in the vehicle does make a big difference. If there’s a lot of stuff that you’re carrying around in the car that you don’t really need, that can make it more difficult on the brakes when you use them, even if you’re driving as defensively as possible. Be conscious of what’s in the car and whether it needs to be there on a consistent basis or not.

Stick to Recommended Brake Services

Your car’s owner’s manual details all of the various brake services your car should have and when those should ideally be done. The closer you adhere to that schedule, the better for your brakes and for your car in general. Combining services whenever possible helps to ensure that you’re covering everything that needs to be handled without overwhelming yourself and feeling like you’re constantly taking your car into the shop.

Take a Look at Your Brake Pads Yourself

Just like other parts of your car, like the oil and the tires, it can help to visually inspect your car’s brake pads yourself on occasion. Every once in a while, look at the brakes on each wheel. It’s enough to simply look at them and notice whether there’s new wear on the brake pads or if something just doesn’t look right. 

Young Automotive in Sturgeon Bay, WI can help you with all of your brake needs. Whether you need a new set of brake pads or you simply need your car’s brake issues diagnosed, we’re here for you. Give us a call today and we can set up an appointment for you.

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