August Is National Brake Safety Awareness Month

The Car Care Council and the Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) have designated August as National Brake Safety Awareness Month. While oil changes and tire rotation are common maintenance routines, brake inspections are often overlooked.

We don’t need to point out that brakes are kind of important!  But they wear and age like any other system in your vehicle. And they’re sneaky.  Your brakes lose stopping power so gradually that you might not notice that your safety is at risk.

There are several factors that affect brake wear, including your driving habits, operating conditions, vehicle type, and the quality of the brake lining material.

Always put your safety first – never ignore routine brake inspections or repair. Allowing your brakes to get down to the “metal-on-metal” contact, is potentially dangerous and will lead to a higher repair bill.

Warning Signs Your Brakes Need to be Inspected

Unusual Noise

This is one of the most common signs that there is a problem with your brakes. If you hear screeching, grinding or clicking noises when you press on the brake, you need to get it checked!

Pulling to a Side

Your vehicle pulls to one side while braking.

Low Pedal Pressure

When your brake pedal nearly touches the floor before engaging.

Hard Pedal Pressure

The opposite of low pedal pressure. If you must apply extreme pressure to the pedal before brakes engage.

Grabbing

If your brakes grab at the slightest touch to the pedal.

Vibration

If you press the brake pedal and it vibrates or pulses, even under normal braking conditions.

Brake Light

Your brake light is illuminated on your vehicle’s dashboard.

When to replace your brake components can be difficult to estimate. Deterioration depends on several conditions such as the extent of driving, variations in climate, quality of brake pads and frequency of stopping.

Vehicles should have their tires rotated every 3-6 months or every 5,000 miles.  That is a good time to have the brakes inspected as well. A Tire Discounters certified ASE mechanic can provide you with a free multi-point inspection and measure all brake pads/shoes, rotors/brake drums and inspect the brake hydraulic system.

Call or chat with us to schedule your FREE brake inspection.