Replacing brakes is a costly repair that can be easily avoided by taking simple measures. Just by being more gentle with your brakes each time you drive, you can save thousands on car maintenance. Consider these tips the next time you come to a stop in your vehicle.


You put more pressure and wear on your brake pads the harder you brake. By decelerating quickly when travelling at high speeds, you are putting unnecessary strain on your brake system. Avoid going above the speed limit and give yourself plenty of space behind the car ahead of you. That way you will reduce the need to brake abruptly. When you do need to come to a stop, let go of the accelerator early and coast for a while before gradually pressing the brakes.

Look ahead

Do not just look at what is immediately in front of you when you drive. Look well into the distance so that you can anticipate any hazards or intersections where you will need to come to a stop. Doing so will give you enough time to take your foot off of the accelerator and coast for a while and then brake only if you need to.

Unload the car

Everyone leaves things in their car that they do not need because we all just can not be bothered to unload them. Keep in mind that the heavier a vehicle is, the more strain you are putting on your brakes. Driving with more weight than needed could be shortening the lifespan of your brake pads dramatically. It is not fun cleaning out your car, but moving those unnecessary items to a permanent place could make a significant difference on your brakes.

Do not be a follower

Just because everyone else on the highway is speeding up and stopping abruptly does not mean you need to as well. If you find that you are in stop and go traffic, coast at a reasonable speed so that you can brake gently. Driving this way will also reduce the likelihood of getting into an accident since your speed is more predictable than if you were accelerating and decelerating constantly. Do not let other people’s’ bad driving habits affect how often you need to change your brakes.

Rush rarely makes a difference

When driving on regular routes, like from work to home, it can be easy to become complacent and try to rush through the journey. Quickly accelerating and decelerating is unlikely to get you from point A to point B any faster. You should also know where obstacles on regular routes are, which can help you plan to stop ahead of time. You will know when you are approaching all of the stop signs, traffic stops, and roundabouts and can prepare accordingly. Making small changes to routine journeys can add years to the lifespan of your brakes.

Get your brakes checked regularly

Having your brakes serviced routinely will allow you to fix small problems before they become big, expensive ones. Doing so will also make your brakes last longer, and you will not have to change them as frequently. Shelling out a bit of money now will save you from emptying your pockets later.


To make sure your brakes are working correctly, call Dixie Auto Pro today