Is It Possible to Make Your Brakes Last Longer?

Do Not Overload Your Vehicle

Three-Second Rule

Chestnut Auto Repairs & Towing in Redwood City, California, recommends utilizing safe driving techniques to extend the life of your braking system. One aspect of this technique is to avoid hard braking. When the driver applies less pressure to your braking system, the pads do not engage in an unnecessary kinetic heat reaction on the rotors. This safe driving technique can add miles to your brakes. When less friction is created on the rotors, the brakes need less work to stop your vehicle. Rotors are ventilated but using safe driving techniques can add life to your brakes.

Do Not to Overload Your Vehicle

Another technique to make your brakes last longer is not overloading your vehicle. The heavier your vehicle is, the more work your brakes must do to decelerate and stop your vehicle. If you’re carrying a heavier-than-usual payload, remember your braking distance and the three-second rule.

Three Second Rule

The National Safety Council recommends the following distance of a minimum of three seconds under normal load restrictions. With a heavier vehicle, Chestnut recommends increasing the three-second rule to avoid hard braking, locking up your wheels, and possibly damaging your vehicle’s braking system or causing a chain reaction from hard braking.

Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is key to adding additional miles to your braking system. When you come in for preventative maintenance at Chestnut, we check fluid levels, flush the brakes, measure tire tread, and rotate all four tires if necessary. When we pull the tires off, we automatically check the brake pads and rotors to determine the shelf life of your brakes. If we see an issue with the brakes, rotors, or any part of your braking system Chestnut has the experience to recommend a solution.

One Foot vs Two Foot Drivers

Chestnut discourages using two feet when operating any vehicle. The left foot is not accustomed to applying pressure to the brakes when driving. This type of driving can lead to or cause a brake lock, potential swerve, or losing control of the vehicle. The right foot should always engage the brake and accelerator separately to ensure a smooth driving experience and avoid a brake mishap. The one-foot driving technique is the safest method of driving. This driving technique will add life to your vehicle’s brakes and keep you safe while driving.

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