We would like to remind motorists that routine brake inspections are completely necessary to adhere to safe driving and maintaining your vehicle. “When it comes to vehicle safety, the brake system is at the top of the list, so have your brakes checked by an auto service professional at least once a year,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Knowing the key warning signs that your brakes may need maintenance will go a long way toward keeping you and others safe on the road.”
There are seven specific signs to know your brakes should be checked and serviced:
- Pulling: vehicle pulls to one side while braking.
- Low Pedal: brake pedal nearly touches the floor before engaging.
- Grabbing: brakes grab at the slightest touch to the pedal.
- Vibration: brake pedal vibrates or pulses, even under normal braking conditions.
- Noise: screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes.
- Hard Pedal: must apply extreme pressure to the pedal before brakes engage.
- Light: brake light is illuminated on your vehicle’s dashboard.
Brakes are a normal item on any vehicle that will naturally need replacement, regardless of what car it is or who you are. Factors that can affect brake wear include the way you drive, the amount of times used, and the places used.