Brakes: How often to check

Most of us know we need to change our car’s oil after a certain amount of miles, but oftentimes we don’t take care of other aspects of our vehicles like we should. There are many parts that work together to make a car run, from the battery to the steering and more. So, besides the oil, what is an important part of your car to keep an eye on? Your brakes!

If you wait until your brakes start screeching to take your car in to get serviced, you have waited too long. Working brakes are vital to your safety and your passengers’ safety, so don’t put them on the back burner. Generally, you should replace your brake pads after driving anywhere between 20,000 and 60,000 miles depending on your driving style. If you live in a big city with lots of traffic and are constantly braking, you should err more towards the 20,000 mile mark. If you drive more on highways with less traffic, your brakes will probably last longer.

Some other factors that cause wear and tear on your brakes include driving in a mountainous terrain with lots of sharp turns, riding your brakes, and using cheap brake pads. If you have a habit of riding the tail of the driver in front of you, this habit could break your breaks! Pun intended, but it really does pay to leave some space between your car and the one in front of you. Not to mention, tailgating is against the traffic laws and could earn you a ticket, or worse, you could end up rear-ending someone. Don’t take the chance!

If you have not had a maintenance check on your brakes in a while, be sure to schedule one as soon as possible. Some other signs that you need your brakes serviced are the following: they squeak, grind or screech when you brake or turn, it takes longer to stop than it used to, or a brake warning light is on in your automobile. Be sure to come to Brevard County’s premiere automotive repair and maintenance destination, Cassels Garage. From Melbourne to Palm Bay and beyond, we will have your car running smoothly in no time.