If you've been driving your car around Devon and Malvern for a while without heading to a mechanic for brake service, you might be wondering how long brake pads last. The answer varies based on usage and driving style, but to help you more fully understand this essential element of your car's braking system, our team at Audi Devon has put together this helpful article. Read on to learn all about your car's brake pads and how long they're expected to last.

How Do Brake Pads Work?

 These pads are used to put pressure on the spinning rotors in your car's wheels, allowing the wheels to slow and bring the car to a halt. In order to generate this much pressure, the pads undergo a lot of friction and high heat, which causes them to wear down over time. The brake pads will need to be replaced regularly, but the time between replacements will vary based on usage and driving habits.

How Long Do Brake Pads Last on Average?

Brake pads last anywhere from 30,000 to 60,000 miles on the road. This number varies based on your car's usage and your unique driving habits. The more you use the brakes, the faster they'll be worn down and need to be replaced.  This means that if you often drive on city streets or in congested, stop and go traffic, the sooner you'll need to get your brake pads replaced. If you often drive on wide open highways without much other traffic, your brake pads will last longer.

Can I Make My Brake Pads Last Longer?

Yes! There are several ways you can adjust your driving style to relieve pressure on your brake pads and allow them to last longer, so you can go longer before your next replacement.

  • Avoid stomping on the brakes. Bringing your car down quickly to a stop from a high speed is the main culprit in premature wear. Be gentle with the brakes and slow down carefully, not all at once.
  • Leave a generous following distance from the preceding car on the road ahead of you so that even if they slam on their brakes, you will have enough space so that you don't have to do the same.
  • Keep unnecessary cargo out of the car. Carrying around unnecessary weight in your car puts additional pressure on the braking system, which can make it break down faster.
  • Don't use your left foot to press the brake pedal. Drivers who drive with both feet are much more likely to use the brakes constantly, wearing them down much faster.

Schedule Your Brake Pad Replacement

If your brakes are squeaking, grinding, or showing other signs that they need to be replaced, it's time for you to get them serviced. Contact the team at Audi Devon to schedule an appointment to get the brake pads replaced and any other vehicle services taken care of. Our team of automotive experts will get you back on the streets of Devon and Malvern in no time.

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