If you’re reading this, the chances are that you have a history of many a brake pad replacement. You’re probably wondering if there’s anything you can do to make them last longer than they currently do.
Firstly, make sure you buy high quality brake pads when replacing them. Ceramic pads are generally the most long lasting and wear resistant, even though they do cost more. If you’ve just had news ones fitted here are some things you can do to make them last longer.
- Drive at slower speeds
The faster we driver, the more we need to brake. Sudden and heavy breaking puts the pads under pressure and causes them to wear down much faster than they would if you were driving at a more reasonable speed.
- Be Aware
If you are keeping your eyes ahead and taking note of potential hazards that require you to brake you can gradually slowdown in time to reach the hazard. This reduces the amount of pressure that would ensue from fast and hard braking.
- Engine Braking
Naturally allow your engine to slow its self as much as possible before applying the break. It also helps to have the previously points in place for this to work. Taking your foot off the accelerator ultimately stops pumping gas to the engine and it naturally slows itself down.
- Drive Light
If you have several passengers in the car there isn’t much you can do here. Make sure you unload unnecessary items from the vehicle when you don’t need them. Remove heavy items from the boot of your car and only take heavy items when it’s absolutely necessary.