The way you drive can have a big impact on your brake pads. Depending on your driving habits, wear and tear can happen faster if you are driving roads rather than freeways. The constant braking and stopping will deteriorate the padding more quickly, leading you to spend money on a replacement. To learn more about prolonging your brake pads, continue reading our blog.

Slow It Down

Driving fast can be fun and exhilarating, but if you have to brake hard at a red light, then you might want to slow it down. The increased friction from having to stop can decrease the lifespan of the padding. Additionally, you may be wearing down other parts of your braking system too, like the rotors and calipers. Instead of coming to an abrupt stop, brake softly and drive at a normal speed.

Avoid Riding Your Brakes

When you are riding down a steep hill, you don’t want to push the brake pedal all the way down. This action does not benefit your brake pads, as the friction from going downhill may cause overheating. An alternative to this action is to downshift if you are driving a manual or try to coast if possible.

Try “Engine Braking” Instead

According to Firestone Complete Auto Care, “When you see that you’ll have to brake shortly, whether from a red light or heavy traffic, take your foot off the accelerator. Doing this disengages the engine and lightens the load on your brakes when you do eventually have to stop.” This is called engine braking, as you don’t need to use the actual brakes to stop.


Get a FREE courtesy check when you drop your car off today at H.W. Automotive Inc. We can inspect your auto system to ensure your car is driving at optimal performance. If you have questions about brake pad replacements and other related services, contact us at (405)-702-4098. You can also visit our website for more information. We look forward to seeing you soon!