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Did you know that you could save money and increase the effectiveness of your car’s brakes by following a few simple tips? Many drivers are unaware of certain driving and auto maintenance habits they have that result in poor brake performance and decreased brake life. To ensure that your brakes stay in good shape longer, follow these tips.

Anticipate Braking

Braking at 55 mph rather than 65 mph causes the brakes to use 33 percent less energy. To get in the habit of braking at lower speeds, anticipate the need to brake and choose to coast for 5 to 15 seconds beforehand. On familiar roads, try to memorize areas where drivers slow down, such as before a turn or a stoplight, and coast before arriving at those areas.

Reduce the Weight of Your Vehicle

If you carry unnecessary items in your vehicle, removing them will improve braking efficiency, handling, and even fuel economy. Be mindful of the tires, wheels, and other components that you buy, as some of them can add a lot of weight to your vehicle.

Flush the Brake Fluid Routinely

Brake fluid naturally attracts moisture, which over time leads to corrosion and reduced braking effectiveness. To ensure that your brake fluid is clean, it needs to be flushed every 30,000 miles. This will both increase the effectiveness of your brakes and make them last longer.

Replace the Brake Pads Regularly

If you hear a high-pitched noise or notice vibration during braking, it’s time to replace the brake pads. If you don’t replace the brake pads, the rotors will start to wear out, and these are more expensive to replace than brake pads.

For more tips on how to extend the life of your brakes, call Murray’s Auto Clinics at 301-585-7557. We have been performing brake work and other auto maintenance services since 1982. Find the location nearest you, and let us know if you have any questions or would like to schedule a service!