Driving Tips That Can Protect Your Brakes

Everett Transmission is located in Greater Boston, and we are consistently helping people in the area with their brakes, transmissions, engines, and more. As an auto repair shop, we always want to ensure that our clients have what they need to drive safely. One of the most important things for our team is to ensure that our clients have brakes that provide the necessary stopping power. Here in Greater Boston, icy roads are a yearly occurrence, so if it has been a while since you had your brakes checked, we would be happy to make an appointment with you. We also want drivers to know about the various methods that can make driving safer.

Avoid Heavy Braking

Functionally, when you apply the brakes in your car, the brake pads are slowing down your wheels using friction. The harder you brake the more increased force is displaced into that friction. This increases the wear and tear on your brake pads and greatly decreases their lifespan. You should always apply the brakes gently and early instead of coming to abrupt stops suddenly. Obviously, some abrupt stops are necessary, but when possible you should always try to give yourself more room to break.

Drive Slowly in Dense Traffic

It can be tempting to try and rush through traffic swerving between vehicles. But not only can cutting other drivers off be a frustration, it can also be bad for your brakes to constantly accelerate and decelerate like that. Additionally, the more drivers that do this, the worse the traffic gets. Choosing to stay in your lane and drive with the traffic can greatly impact your brakes and also prevent worse traffic for all the other motorists.

Remove Unnecessary Weight

As Newton’s laws of physics teach us, the larger an object the more force is needed to accelerate and decelerate that object. That means the heavier your vehicle, the more power you will need to get going and the more power you will need to brake. Whenever possible, remove anything from the trunk that doesn’t need to be there. Leaving heavy things in your vehicle increases the force your brakes need to apply to slow you down.

Stay Alert Of Braking Issues

If you notice squeaking or squealing when you brake, it’s time to call a mechanic. Do not wait, any signs of braking issues are the early signs of brake failure. If you need to pump the brakes to stop, the brakes feel soft/spongy, or there is leaking fluid under your vehicle, do not wait to make an appointment with your local auto shop.

Brake Repair in Greater Boston

If you live in or around Everett we would be happy to provide brake inspections and repair services. Give us a call or use our online appointment feature to set up a meeting with our team!

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