This month has been Brake Safety Month and it’s the perfect time to have your brakes inspected. It’s important to pay a little extra attention to what you feel, smell, see and hear. We understand, life is busy and it can be easy to overlook your vehicle’s health. It’s also tempting to be in denial about the need to spend some money on auto repairs. However, your brakes are important to not only your safety, but the drivers around you as well. It’s never a good idea to put off brake repairs or brake services that your vehicle needs.
The Danger of Bad Brakes
A defective brake can cause accidents that could have been otherwise avoided. As responsible car owners – and drivers – it is our duty to ensure that our brakes are maintained and repaired when necessary. Insurance companies are seeing more and more accidents caused by brake-related issues than ever, and describe this as a “critical issue” of accidents in this country. Now is the perfect time to visit your local auto repair shop and have a brake inspection completed.
Are My Brakes Bad?
Your senses can really help determine the condition of your braking system in many cases. What you see, smell, hear or feel (we’re leaving taste out of this one for good reason) could help your auto mechanic identify what the issue could be and service it quicker. Some of the most common signs you have bad brakes include:
- Shaking when braking
- Rubbing or other loud-pitched noises when turning and braking
- Soft brakes or hard brakes when it comes to the pedal itself.
Any one of these signs is reason enough to get your vehicle serviced as soon as possible. Your brakes are in constant use, and as such will show wear and tear more often than many other parts. Bring your vehicle in to our Tempe auto repair shop and we will do a thorough brake inspection for you. Hopefully they will have plenty of life left in them, but it’s certainly better to know now what may or may not need to be repaired. What we DON’T want to do is have to repair your vehicle due to an accident caused by a worn out or bad brake. Better safe than sorry! Come on in! Happy Brake Safety Month!