Does anyone live without relying on a vehicle these days? Even those big-time New Yorkers rely heavily on taxis. Farmers in the Great Plains still need their work trucks to get around. And, here in Rockville, MD, there are 2-3 vehicles per household—at least.
We depend on our vehicles. A BIG part of all of our lives is the ability to be swiftly and safely mobile, right? No matter where we live in the USA or what we do. In fact, we rely so much on our vehicles these days that you might say your car or truck feels like an extension of your own person.
The professional mechanics at Preferred Automotive in Rockville, MD strive to make mobility easier for you. How? Well, it’s our job to keep our neighbors safe while they’re out there on the Maryland freeways and roads! And, whenever we discuss safety, we inherently discuss brake maintenance and brake repairs in Rockville, MD.
Why brake maintenance is so important
We could give you a hundred reasons to support the notion that brake maintenance and timely repairs are important. But, the truth is, we don’t have to. I can give you one reason brake repairs are so necessary: your loved ones. There are all sorts of ways to maintain a vehicle’s overall safety—but the brakes are at the top of the list. You see, if your brakes are failing, it’s only a matter of time before a serious issue causing you, your family, or other drivers to be in danger. Brake maintenance and repairs are about physical safety.
Brake pads: the #1 focus
If you are unfamiliar with the inner workings of basic vehicle systems, worrying about brake fluids and checking your rotors is above your head. But, there is something significant you can do to keep an “eye” on your car’s brake health: listen and feel. Brake pads are designed to alert you when they’re thinning: they squeal/squeak. This noise will be faint at first, then it will become more and more pronounced over time. Don’t ignore it. If you commit to having your brake pads replaced regularly—as in, when you first start hearing that squeal—you’ll be in good shape.
What NOT to do to your brakes
We’ll leave you with some bullet points of what you should not do, unless you want to wear out your brake pads and rotors quickly…
- DON’T: slam on your brakes unless you have to slam on them.
- DON’T: wait too long to begin slowing down when approaching a stoplight or stop sign or stopped vehicles or…
- DON’T: drive with your left foot on the brake pedal—use your right foot for the gas and the brake, the way you were taught!
- DON’T: procrastinate on regular maintenance checks and brake repairs!
The residents of Rockville hardly go anywhere without wheels underneath them. And, our team here at Preferred Automotive wants to keep everyone safe and mobile! Give us a call for any routine maintenance, brake repair, or questionable issue you may have. We’ll see you soon!
Preferred Automotive | 12356 Wilkins Ave | Rockville, MD 20852 | 301-881-8530