3 Bad Habits That Damage Your Brakes

Have you ever heard anyone say they want to experience what it’s like to not be able to stop when they apply their brakes? If so, that person must have a death wish, or just really love living on the wild side. It seems safe to say that most, if not all, people want their vehicle to come to a complete stop, without hesitation, when pressing on the pedal. As long as you avoid poor driving habits, and maintain regular car care, you can be confident those brakes will work in your favor whenever you’re out for a drive.

Unhealthy Driving Habits that Wreak Havoc on your Brakes

  • Slamming on your brakes is never a good idea. Not only does it increase the chance of someone rear-ending you, but it is also extremely hard on your brakes. Too much heat and pressure with this kind of stopping can damage the hose, and brake fluid will start to leak out. If the problem is not fixed immediately, the brakes on your car will fail. Heavy braking also causes the brake pads to wear down faster.
  • Stop-and-go driving, although appropriate in some situations, is not good for your vehicle’s brakes. Unless completely unavoidable, it is best to drive at a steady pace, using the brakes only when necessary. Also, be sure to leave enough space between you and the car in front of you so that you can ease into braking. This will save your brake pads and rotors (disks) from wearing too quickly.
  • Riding the brakes is another common habit, especially for those who live in hilly areas and are often having to hold back while driving downhill. Some folks tend to rest on that brake pedal even on flat surfaces. Doing this will again increase heat and speed up the process of wear and tear.

If you enjoy the act of stopping when you step on the brake pedal, then you’ll want to practice smart driving. And when your vehicle is not in motion, you’ll be doing yourself and others a favor by having the brakes inspected according to your manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines. Bring it to ACA Automotive in Long Beach for honest and reliable service.

Written by Adam Kalb

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