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Help your brake pads last longer
1.) Slow Down
Driving fast goes with braking fast, a reaction like melting butter. That fast braking generates a lot of friction, which increases wear on your brake pads and shortens their lifespan. Driving fast also burns more fuel, so it’ll wear out your wallet too!
2.) Don’t Ride Your Brakes
Heading down a steep hill? Don’t push the brake pedal all the way down. Instead, downshift (if you drive a manual) if you want to slow your roll and work on perfecting the art of coasting (if you drive an automatic).
3.) Lose Some Weight
Shed extra pounds, if possible. Driving around with a heavy load means your brake pads have to work harder to stop your vehicle. Sometimes you can’t avoid this, like when you’re driving around with friends or moving furniture. Other times, though, you can avoid it! Removing anything from your trunk, backseat, and/or roof cargo carrier that you don’t need can help give your brakes a much-deserved break. Less weight means you will improve fuel economy, too!
4.)Use “Engine Braking”
When you see that you’ll have to brake shortly, whether from a red light or heavy traffic, take your foot off the accelerator. Doing this disengages the engine and lightens the load on your brakes when you do eventually have to stop. “Engine braking,” as it’s called, helps slow your car without applying the brakes. This means less wear and less heat on your brake pads and brake system!
Brakes and Tyres are Your Stopping Power
Your Brakes are the most important component of your vehicle. At Highway Auto Rockhampton we offer a no obligation inspection to make sure that your brakes are working at their best.
According to a study by the NRMA, bad brakes are partially to blame for approximately 22% of crashes caused by vehicle-related conditions (second only to tyre problems, which account for 35% of such crashes).
Since crashes can severely shorten your vehicle’s lifespan (and compromise your safety), it’s vital to take care of any car issues that could heighten your risk for collisions! Get your tyres and brakes checked during a Complete Vehicle Inspection at the first sign of common tyre problems or brake issues to help you steer clear of performance problems that can affect your safety on the road.
Additionally, a complete vehicle inspection can give you a more in-depth look at your car’s inner workings, helping you make more informed service and repair decisions!
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Our team of super skilled technicians have many years of industry experience, always upskilling and offer a full range of automotive solutions combined with old-fashioned, friendly and reliable service.