First of all, invest in good, reliable brakes. Quality brakes may cost a little bit extra, but they will make a difference in the long run when it comes to their efficiency, safety, and durability.
You should have your brake and brake pads checked at least once per year, as these tend to wear more quickly. If they are too worn to work properly, you should have them replaced immediately. Our skilled automotive technicians can help with that!
Check your brake fluid regularly. Brake fluid is essential to transfer heat to all parts of the brake system and absorb lingering water. If the fluid is unusually dark, it may be time to have the system flushed.
Listen and watch for warning signs such as unusual noises, strange brake response, or abnormal feeling when you press on the brakes. Any of these may indicate a dangerous problem that should be examined by a professional technician right away.
While driving, try coasting to slow down before applying brakes whenever possible. This helps to preserve your car’s brakes by putting less pressure on them.
You should also avoid braking when cars ahead of you brake unnecessarily. For example, if a car is following too closely to the vehicle ahead of them and must brake constantly to avoid a rear-end accident, but you have plenty of distance to coast between you. Simply coast to decrease your speed and be sure to keep a great distance behind them, not only to preserve your brakes but also for safety purposes.
At V&F, our certified mechanics use the latest diagnostic equipment, and high-quality CARQUEST auto parts, to make sure we get the job done right. Plus, our auto repair services are backed by an industry-leading 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty on parts and labor. Call us today at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.