Stop Paying Too Much for Insurance

Auto InsuranceYour car sees a lot of time on the road. From taking your children back and forth to school to holiday trips to spending time with your family, your car gets very little rest. With so much travel time, many of the components of your car can wear down, way before you expect them to, which can put your family in harm's way. The following are a few ways to determine when you need to replace your car's brakes.

The Pads Are Worn

The easiest way to determine whether you need brake pads for your vehicle is to visually inspect your brakes. You don't have to be a professional to visually examine your brake pads, but you do have to know where to look. Fortunately, your brake pads are easy to find. Start by looking through the spaces in your wheels. The brake pads look like a flat, metal slab attached to your wheels. Once you locate them, look to see if there is at least 1/4th of an inch remaining on the pad. If not, then you should replace your pads.

The Brakes Squeal

Another simple way to determine whether you need brake pads is to listen to your car. Brake manufacturers want you to be safe while you drive, so they incorporated a warning system into the design of your brakes to let you know when your brakes need to be replaced. When your brakes are worn, you will hear a loud squealing noise that is uncomfortable to listen to while braking. The sound will not go away until you change your brakes.

It's Hard To Stop

If you don't hear a noise coming from your brakes, but it's hard to stop or you feel your brakes slipping when you try to stop, then you need new brakes. Your brakes should start to stop your car when you apply pressure. If you don't get this response, or if you have to apply more and more pressure to get your car to come to a full stop, then you should see a mechanic as soon as possible.

Driving around with faulty brakes is unsafe for your entire family. If you are in an accident, you could be held financially responsible for repairs or the replacement of your car by your insurance provider. Additionally, many insurance providers may increase the cost of your auto insurance if you are at-fault in an accident. Do not ride around with faulty brakes. Take your car to be repaired as soon as you can.

Car maintenance is the key to road safety. Call Auto Insurance Discounters at (866) 288-6545 for more information on Kansas City auto insurance.
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