Brakes are one of the most important parts on your vehicle and should never be neglected. Good brake pads can prevent an accident from happening and even save lives. If you have been driving enough you most likely have been in a situation where you had to brake hard to avoid collision. Maybe a driver cut you off or the driver in front of you stepped on the brakes hard forcing you to do the same. Another scenario might have a pedestrian crossing the road and not bothering to check for cars forcing you to slam on your brakes. In all of these situations, if you had good brake pads along with good tires and a good reaction you were most likely able to prevent an accident. Now that we covered how important brake pads are we will try to answer how long do brake pads last? There is not a definite answer to this questions but we will try to give you an estimate on how long they should last.
How long do brake pads last?
When you ask How long do brake pads last you should probably ask yourself “when i drive how often do i have to brake?”. Brake Pads can last anywhere from 20, 000 miles to 70, 000 miles and this will depend on 3 factors:
1) Type of driving you do – If you drive mainly on the highway (non rush hours of-course) then you will realize that you barely have to use your brakes so your brake pads will not wear out very fast. If you drive in the city you know there are many stop signs, turns, and traffic lights that force you to use your brake pads which means that your brake pads will be wearing out much quicker. Additionally if you drive often in rush hour in stop and go traffic your brake pads will wear out faster then they normally would.
2) Driving Style- People drive their car differently. Some people don’t like to brake hard and will brake slowly in advance when they are stopping or slowing down so their brake pads will wear out much slower. You also have those drivers that wait a lot later to start braking forcing them to step on their brakes much harder then previous mentioned drivers. This would mean that their brake pads would wear out much quicker.
3) Quality of brake pads- If you go to your local auto parts store and ask for brake pads you will quickly realize that they offer multiple brands of brake pads with very different price points. As the old saying goes you get what you pay for and if i were you i would not go cheap on something that can save your life!
Many people wait until they notice that their car is not braking as well as it has before or until their brakes start making noise. That is not the right way to go about it because when you notice those two symptoms it is too late and your brake pads have been worn out for some time. At that point you are actually scraping your brake roters . In order to prevent this from happening and paying more in repairs you should have your brake pads inspected every 10,000-15, 000 miles by a qualified mechanic. Most shops will inspect your brakes free of charge and it only takes a few minutes!