Car Safety Check – Replace Your Brake Pads if They’re Worn Down
Car maintenance can be a difficult chore, and it’s often easier to let things slide until a problem becomes critical. Replacing brake pads is one such activity. Unfortunately, too many of us wait until it’s too late to do the simple things that will keep our vehicles safe and running smoothly.
There’s probably no part of your car that’s more essential to your safety than the ability to stop. That’s why making sure your brake pads are up to date is so important.
Every vehicle needs brake pads and rotors that aren’t worn down in order to stop effectively. Nobody wants to cause an accident by slamming into the car in front of them because their vehicle won’t stop. On the other hand, nothing quite beats the feeling of being able to gently touch your brake peddle and quickly come to full stop, especially if you’ve previously been driving with worn pads and been forced to slam down the brakes to come to a stop.
How often you need to change your brakes will depend on where you live and how often you drive. City drivers, who have to start and stop more often, might need new brake pads after 25,000 miles or fewer. Whatever the case, there are a couple of things you can be alert for that will let you know when it’s time to make the change.
First, take a look at your brake pads. If the depth of the pad is less than a quarter inch, you need to replace it sooner rather than later. If it’s all the way down to an eighth of an inch, than you need to take action immediately. Not only are you in danger of damaging your rotor, but your ability to drive safely is serious compromised.
Second, if you hear a scratching or screeching sound when you brake, then that’s a telltale sign your brake pads are seriously worn down and need to be replaced. It’s also a good indication you are doing damage to your rotors.
The sad truth is that no matter how carefully you maintain your car, auto accidents still happen. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, take action to ensure that you are properly compensated. Whatever your situation, whether you were the victim of someone else’s reckless driving, a poorly manufactured or repaired part, or improperly maintained roads or highways, the attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. have the experience and resources to help you fully understand your rights and secure the best possible settlement.
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