Brake-ing It Gently: How to Care for Your Car Brakes

Keeping your car brakes in tiptop shape should be a priority. Here’s how:

De-stress. Your car, that is. Poorly constructed motorways can take its toll on your brakes, misaligning its parts and altogether making a wreck of it. As much as you wish you were the king of the road, you aren’t, unless your vehicle is actually designed to conquer that sort of terrain.

Keep your distance. If the car in front of you pulls to a sudden stop, you’ll have enough time to slow down, instead of hitting the brakes abruptly, which can cause damage to them. Slow down when reaching an intersection, a stop sign, or traffic lights.

Riding the brakes isn’t helpful either. Step on the brakes lightly. Driving downhill should be supported by low gears; not necessarily by brakes alone.

Keep it clean. Grime that gets stuck anywhere from your rims to your brake pads can affect the brakes’ performance. Have it scrubbed down by the car service centre after every 5000 kilometres.

Always check the brake fluid level. If levels are low, your brakes will malfunction.

Have the disc pads or brake shoes replaced if necessary. Use only original car parts, or those accredited by the car manufacturer.

Be one with your vehicle. Remember the early years when you would hyperventilate when so much as a candy bar grazed your leather seats? You may no longer caress your car’s hood like a doting father, nor do you still wish it good night before you turn off the garage lights, but you should stay attuned to its every squeal and jerk, especially if you feel that something’s wrong with it. That’s because there probably is.

Drive defensively. Driving at fast speeds requires strong braking power in order to stop, which causes the excessive wear of brake pads.

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