Maintain your mechanical parts
Let’s face it, people these days are reluctant to check and maintain their mechanical parts of their vehicles – including their brake system. Just like tyres, brakes also wear down with use over time, indicating that performance can weaken and stopping distances would increase. Ask yourself, is it really worth putting yourself and others in danger? Ensuring one of the most important systems in your car is fit for duty can make a difference between avoiding or hitting someone.
Here we have compiled systems of faulty brakes for all you drivers to know when your brakes aren’t working properly.
Listen for sounds or smells
Screeching, squealing, rubbing noises
Vibrations in your brake pedal or steering wheel
Brake warning light
The burning smell near your tyres is screaming for help
How can my brake rotors last longer?
- Reduce the stop and go grind on your brakes: The more city driving, the more stop and go, the quicker the brakes will wear down
- Don’t ride your break: Your brake pads will wear down and your rotors will warp from the excessive heat generated.
- Stop driving aggressively: This leads to braking last minute and causes excessive heating on the rotors. Think about how to avoid this scenario.
- Cruise with the pace of the traffic: Obeying speed limits with conservative driving preserves the life of your brake parts.
- Empty your boot of any heavy items: Overloading of your vehicle with things that you don’t need can impact the brake life.