Vehicle Maintenance

Perform Routine Brake Checks

Depending on where your daily commute takes you, driving in areas that feature more stop lights and stop signs could mean you are stepping on the brakes more often than if your normally take the highway. Your brakes are a hydraulic system made up of a set of pads that squeeze together when prompted, and run on brake fluid. If the pads wear too think, it makes it harder to slow or stop. Your car likely has a service light that would turn on when it’s time to check your brakes, but don’t just rely on that technology; if you see any leaking fluids, notice how thick or thin your pads have become or hear a grinding sound, it may be time to replace your brakes.

They say prevention is cheaper than repair, and we believe this holds true. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for recommended service intervals and schedules. In many cases, these recommended services impact the safety and drivability of your car, and may also be required to maintain your warranty.

Most automotive facilities and shops perform a multi-point inspection during your visit. Keep these records and ask questions if you have any concerns about your vehicle. Remember: It’s your responsibility to keep your car safe and running right!

Statistics:

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), tire problems account for 35 percent of accidents where a vehicle failure was the cause of the crash. Tire problems can include blowouts or worn tire treads that impede a driver from maintaining proper control.

Additionally, brake issues comprise 22 percent of accidents where vehicle failure was the cited cause of the wreck. Brake issues include faulty or worn brake lines, Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) malfunctions and worn brake pads that should have been replaced.

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