August is Brake Safety Awareness Month! While it’s always important to take care of your car (and it’s why we do what we do), there are a lot of things you might not know. Your brakes play an important role in keeping you and your loved ones safe in your car. If something goes wrong, your car might experience damage or worse. Not to mention the expense of sudden unexpected repairs! This Brake Safety Awareness Month, we are sharing five tips you can follow today to keep your brakes working smoothly all year long.

Listen for Screeching/Grinding

Do you notice strange sounds when you brake? If you hear sounds like screeching or grinding, it can indicate a larger and potentially dangerous situation.  In these scenarios, take your car to Authentic Auto Body for an inspection immediately. Any kind of grinding noise can indicate a problem. It can even result in brake failure in some cases. Don’t wait for the problem to get worse before you act.  Have your brakes looked at as soon as possible.

Practice Good Braking Habits

The best way to avoid brake problems is prevention. During Brake Safety Awareness Month and all year long, knowing how to take care of your brakes helps avoid disaster. A simple way to prevent additional brake issues is by practicing good driving habits. Avoid suddenly pumping the brakes as much as possible. We know that traffic and other drivers dictate how often this happens. However,  it’s best to keep as much distance between you and the next driver. This ensures you avoid an erratic driver. You can also avoid pushing the brakes forcefully. Treat them gently – a little goes a long way in most cases.

Replace Your Brake Pads

When was the last time you replaced your brake pads? Brake pads work by cushioning the friction caused by the pressure when you step on the brake. Over time, these parts wear down. This can also cause problems and lead to other issues with your braking system. Ask about brake pad replacement today and avoid a bigger headache down the line.

Stay on Top of Repairs

Your car needs love and attention just like you do. If you’ve been putting off your brake or other auto repairs, Brake Safety Awareness Month is the perfect time to schedule them. You can choose to address a brake-related concern or have several repairs looked at during the same visit. Staying on top of repairs means fewer surprises, lower bills, and more peace of mind over time.

Visit Authentic Auto Body

A visit to Authentic Auto Body is the best safety tip you can choose this Brake Safety Awareness Month. We offer car detail services, collision and auto repairs, windshield replacements, and inspections at our Holliston location. This includes servicing any brake repairs, brake pad replacements or simply inspecting any potential issues.  

If you’re in Massachusetts, call us at (508) 429 – 6927 to schedule an inspection or repair service. We look forward to helping you keep your car in tip-top shape during Brake Safety Awareness Month and beyond.