Factor #1: Driving HabitsWhere you drive makes a big difference when it comes to brake wear. You use your brakes a lot more in urban driving than in rural areas or on highways. So, if you drive in a crowded city like Boston or New York, your brakes tend to wear faster than if you drive on rural highways in Vermont or New Hampshire—and you'll likely need to get your brakes serviced more often.
Factor #2: SensorsAll cars have a brake warning light that comes on for a few seconds every time you start your car. If it comes on while driving, that typically means your brake system is low on fluid, which can be caused by a leak or a problem with the brake master cylinder. Some cars also have built-in wear sensors that will scrape against a brake disc when the linings needed replacing. The driver will typically hear a screeching sound when they apply the brakes, or when they release the brakes in certain vehicles. Not every vehicle is equipped with these, so drivers should listen for other unusual, prominent noises such as squealing or grinding, that can indicate wear. Drivers should also beware of pulsing or vibrating in the brake pedal, longer stopping distances, or more give to the pedal as you press it, can be signs of significant wear.
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