Extend Your Brakes’ Life

Extend Your Brakes’ Life

Brakes get plenty of use over the life of a vehicle, whether drivers are journeying around town or heading out on a long trip. At Winter Haven area’s Bartow Ford, we want our customers to get the longest life they can out of their cars. Though there’s no replacement for regular maintenance, there are a few things drivers can do to make their brakes last as long as possible.

Stay Back

Following too closely to the car in front of you puts your car and its occupants at risk. Experts recommend the two-second rule, which means you should pass a fixed object two full seconds after the car in front of you. This gives you plenty of space to stop in an accident and saves on brake wear. Instead of slamming your brakes suddenly, you’ll be able to gently slow, and often not even need to stop at all.

Don’t Ride the Brakes

If you drive with your foot close to the brake pedal, you’re likely putting unnecessary wear on your brakes. Instead, allow the distance mentioned above and keep your foot on the gas pedal, easing up to slow down and only hitting the brakes once you need to. This is especially effective if you’re regularly forced to sit in stop-and-go traffic, where you could spend time coasting with your foot hovering above the gas pedal.

Listen for Noises

The first sign of trouble will often come as a strange sound when you brake. This could be grinding, squealing, or screeching. Whatever the noise, it’s generally a sign that it’s time to have your brakes checked. The solution could be something as simple and affordable as new brake pads. A small problem could lead to something much bigger in a short amount of time, so it’s important to listen to what your vehicle is doing and take it in for service when something seems off.

Winter Haven area’s Bartow Ford believes in helping our customers get as much as possible out of their purchase. By knowing the right steps to take to extend your own vehicle’s life, you can save money and keep yourself and your passengers safe wherever you go.


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