As your car gets older, you may be forced to repair or replace your brakes more often. To extend the life of your brakes, you should find ways to improve your driving habits.
Braking at a higher speed wears down your brakes more. For example, if you brake while driving 65 MPH, you'll exert a third more energy on your brakes than if you drive 55 MPH. To avoid braking too much, speed less and coast as much as you can. If you speed because you are chronically late, try to get up earlier. While driving, pay close attention to the flow of traffic and nearby construction to gauge when you will need to slow down. Another way to minimize speeding is to use cruise control. This will keep your foot off the gas pedal, eliminating the temptation to speed
Use Only One Foot
Always use only one foot to control both the gas and brakes. If you place one foot on the gas and one foot on the brake, the foot on the brake will apply light pressure that wears down your brakes sooner. If you feel too nervous to take your foot off the brakes, allow a greater distance between you and other cars so that you won't have to brake as often.
Don't Brake at the Last Minute
Waiting until the last minute to brake increases the chances that the brake lining material will crack. Instead, you should take your foot off of the accelerator to allow yourself to coast, slowing the vehicle down somewhat without braking. Then, when you feel that you are close enough to the light, apply gentle pressure to the brakes to gradually slow down your car. Only apply more pressure if you misjudged the distance between yourself and the light and are about to reach it.
Avoid Drivers Who Brake Frequently
If you notice a driver ahead who keeps braking excessively, try switching lanes or passing the motorist. Ideally, you should drive in a lane that has no one immediately in front of you.
Visit Brake Specialists
Brake services, like the Alignment Center, can not only repair your brakes, but they can also inspect them for signs of damage. If your brakes are inspected frequently, the mechanic may be able to service the brakes so they won't fail as soon. This will extend the life of your brakes before you are forced to replace them.