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All drivers know that brake pads are the key to a well-functioning brake system that can potentially save lives at the time when it is needed the most. You will never know when your good habit of prolonging the life of your brake pads can save you from hitting the truck in front or sliding down the cliff during a stormy night. For that reason, experts have always mentioned the importance of keeping your brake in good condition. When you start noticing something is wrong with the part, you need to take it to the repair shop for a replacement.

An axle of brake pads can cost you somewhere between $100-$150 in a single replacement. If you have been taking care of the pads to maintain its quality, you will be able to save quite a lot of money. It is another reason why keeping your brake padsĀ  well is vital. If you are wondering how to do that, the explanations below will tell you what to do.

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Avoid Speeding

Nothing is wrong with speeding as long as nobody gets hurt and you do not get involved in an accident due to your action. However, when it comes to keeping your brake system well, speeding is the number one enemy of the pads. Why? Because careless drivers often hit the brake pedal suddenly to a full stop after high speeds. Can you imagine how hard the brake systems have to work to serve that function? Some quality products will be a better option, but it is something that any driver should never do if they care about how the sudden stop will affect their car.

Two-Foot Pedals

If you are not familiar with the term, it refers to a condition in which you push the accelerator pedal hard while stepping on the brake pedal with the other foot. While it may create a cool effect just like the one you see in movies, it is a big no when it comes to extending the life of the brake pads. The forceful push will end up with flattened pads that are quite dangerous for the passengers and the driver.

Avoid Too Heavy Loads

Heavy loads that you put in your car may seem nothing but a common thing. However, it can also contribute to the shorter lifespan of the brake systems. Note that the system works harder when the car is heavier than usual. It causes a bigger kinetic load that your brake needs to handle.