A fully functioning vehicle brake system is absolutely imperative to a safe driving experience…every time you get behind the wheel. Brakes that always work properly helps to ensure that you can keep your vehicle under control in a variety of roadway conditions. August is Brake Safety Awareness Month…the perfect time to make sure your car’s brakes will always work properly before the new school year and colder temperatures arrive.
When it comes to vehicle safety, the brake system is at the top of the list,” ~ Rich White, Executive Director, Car Care Council.
It’s normal for you car’s Brakes to become worn and eventually need to be replaced. If you hear strange noises when you apply the brakes…or if your car pulls to the left or right…you should get your brakes inspected by your trusted local car mechanic. Other warning signs include an illuminated brake warning light, brake grabbing, low pedal feel, vibration, hard pedal feel and squealing.
Checking your vehicle’s braking system at least once a year is a highly recommended routine maintenance habit. A thorough inspection should include brake lining wear, brake fluid level, rotor thickness, condition of hoses and brake lines, brake and dash warning lights, as well as taking the car for a test drive to detect other potential brake system problems.
Several factors that affect brake wear include driving habits, operating conditions, vehicle type and the quality of the brake lining material. Never procrastinate on routine brake inspections or any needed repair. Letting the brakes get to the critical “metal-to-metal” point is always extremely dangerous and usually leads to a more expensive total repair bill.