The life of your car brakes is directly affected by the many decisions you make as a car owner and as a driver. These choices include what kind of brakes you choose and how you drive. Smart moves on your part will not only lengthen the life your brakes but also save you money in the long run.
If you choose the least expensive brakes to install on your vehicle, don’t be surprised when they wear out quickly. Likewise, the most expensive brakes won’t last forever either. Work with your auto repair shop on what you want, and an experienced mechanic will be able to match your expectations with the right brakes. A professional will also make sure your brakes are properly installed, ensuring they’ll work correctly and last as long as they’re expected to.
Your driving habits also greatly affect how long your brakes last. For example, try to not stop from high speeds unless you have to. Braking hard causes your brakes to heat up and wears them down a lot faster. Instead, allow your vehicle to coast as much as possible before braking at your anticipated stop. Another way to lighten the load on your brakes is to remove unnecessary cargo from your vehicle. The added weight makes your car heavier and your brakes have to work harder to stop. Also, anticipate traffic light patterns and adopt a speed that allows you to coast through green lights. You’ll often find the posted speed limit is closely tied to the timing of traffic lights.
If you’re unsure about what kind of brakes are right for you or how much life you have left in your brakes, The Auto Stoppe offers free brake inspections for your convenience. Our experienced auto mechanics can help with any questions and offer recommendations as needed.
The Auto Stoppe is a local, family-owned and operated business serving the greater Austin area since 1980. We’re a full-service, auto repair shop providing exceptional service on both domestic and foreign vehicles.