Brake pads are a vital part of any vehicle as they are responsible for slowing your vehicle through the creation of friction on your brake discs. The brake pads are fitted to a caliper and when the brake pedal is pressed, are pushed into the sides of the brake discs.
All braking components need to be correctly maintained to ensure the safety of all road users. Brake pads do wear over time as the linings become worn and failure to replace the pads when required will lead to reduced braking efficiency and damage to the discs. This will mean disc and pad replacement and a higher repair cost. Manufacturers generally say brake pads last between 30,000 and 70,000 miles – but this estimate can only be very general due to many influencing factors.
Brake pad wear will vary from vehicle to vehicle due to a number of factors.
Brake Pad Material – the materials used in brake pads can vary between manufacturers. Ceramic brake pads provide the longest durability but come with a significant price tag. Ceramic brake pads are used on high performance vehicles for supreme braking performance and durability. Most brake pads are semi metallic. These pads consist of 30 – 65% metal with additional materials all bound together by resin.
Traffic Conditions – driving in regular stop, start traffic will cause brake pads to wear more quickly as the brakes are being applied frequently. Motorway miles generally require little to no brake usage.
Driving Style – driving at higher speeds with heavy braking will obviously result in increased brake pad wear. Avoid heavy braking by travelling at lower speeds with greater anticipation to greatly increase the lifespan of your brake pads.
Heavy Loads – if your vehicle is heavily laden then the wear of brake pads will be increased. A heavier vehicle has increased momentum so will require a greater force from the brake pads to reduce speed therefore reducing the life span of the pads.
Remember to keep your brakes performing at their best with regular checks and servicing. If you hear any strange noises or the brake pedal feels different when pressed then book a brake check as soon as possible. Brake checks are included as part of the MOT test, but more frequent checks are advisable. If your brakes are not working effectively then your vehicle may be deemed unroadworthy; which could invalidate your insurance in the event of an accident. It is your responsibility to ensure your vehicle is roadworthy at all times.
Ensure your brakes are functioning at their optimum by getting them checked at Premier Group. Premier Group provide brake services and complete mechanical services for all makes and models for motorists from across Cannock and the wider area. Call the friendly team on Cannock (01543) 426378 to book in your vehicle.