Nick's Auto Blog

Hello, my name is Nick. This is my new auto blog. Have you ever wondered about how you can improve the look and functioning of your auto? If so you are in the right place. I live in a large house in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and my house has as many garage parking spots as it does rooms. And believe me, it has a lot of rooms. I like to collect classic cars and then work on them to restore them to their former glory. In doing this, I have learnt lots of cool tricks. I would like to share some of these tricks with you here.

How to Look After Your Brakes so They Last Longer

Automotive Blog

If you're heading into your mechanic's shop for brake repairs again and you're experiencing a sense of déjà vu, what are you doing wrong? What can you do when you're out on the open road in order to look after your brakes a little more?

You'd be surprised how much of a difference you can make to the life of your braking system if you change a habit or two here and there around your daily drive. You may be wearing down brake pads excessively due to bad technique, or by not reacting to other road users.

Knowing Your Route

If you drive the same route every day as you head to work, then you may well have come across places where other drivers tend to slow down for no real reason. You may know that the road ahead does not call for a reduction in speed, but they don't. Therefore, when following vehicles at that particular location, get ready to change lanes to pass them or take your foot off the throttle a little. You can avoid touching the brake pedal at all this way.

Slowing Down 

Similarly, you don't need to behave like Emerson Fittipaldi when you're leaving a motorway. You know that you have to come to a halt at the intersection following the off-ramp, so decelerate steadily rather than leaving it to the last minute and jumping on the brakes.

Looking Ahead

When you're driving on that motorway try and look as far ahead as you can and anticipate what will happen. You will often find that drivers in your lane in front of you will touch their brakes for no real reason. Many drivers will then automatically touch their own, without thinking about it. So long as you're not travelling too close to the car in front, of course, looking ahead can not only help you save wear and tear on the brakes but also save petrol.

Racing around

Do you have a bad habit of resting your left foot on the brake pedal? Some drivers do this with their automatic vehicles. While this may be a procedure favoured by your friend Emerson, that doesn't mean you should do it too. Keep the left foot on the floor where it belongs and you won't grind those brake pads unnecessarily.

Slimming down

Finally, pop open the boot and have a look at what you're carrying around. The chances are you have a lot of unnecessary extra weight. This means that your brakes have to work a little bit harder in order to bring your heavy vehicle to a stop.


1 December 2016