How often do I need to change my brakes?

How often do I need to change my brakes?

How often you need to change your brakes on your vehicle has many variables.  Type of vehicle you drive, where you live and your driving habits are the main 3.

Changing brakes on different types of vehicles-  The make and model of the vehicle you drive makes a big difference in how often you need to change your brakes.  For example- If you drive a Ford F350, it is big and heavy.  On top of your truck being big and heavy, you are likely using it for truck stuff like hauling more heavy stuff and towing a trailer. The heavier the vehicle and the heavier the load, the harder your brakes must work to safely stop you.  Therefore, you will need to replace your brakes a little more often.  On the opposite end would be a Toyota Prius. Your Toyota Prius is light and has regenerative braking.  Regenerative braking actually uses the electric motor to assist you in stopping and it recharges the battery at the same time.  This makes for a very light load on the actual brake pads.  I have seen trucks wear out the first set of brakes around the 30k mile mark. And I have seen hybrid vehicles go 200k miles on the first set of brakes.

Where you live makes a difference in how often you need to change your brakes.  The terrain you drive on a regular basis, temperature, and humidity all play a part in brake wear.  If you live in a mountainous region as I do here in Utah, you may have a lot of hills and mountain passes you drive on consistently. Applying the brakes to slow your speed coming down a steep grade creates a lot of friction and wear on your brakes.  If you live in a coastal area or a high humidity area, you are more likely for rust and corrosion to shorten the life of your brakes.

Driving habits are the biggest variables in how often you need to change your brakes.  Everyone drives differently.  Some people are hard on the gas and heavy on the brakes.  Some people are in no hurry at all so they take their sweet time coming to a stop.  Some people ride their brakes coming down a hill and other people may gear down to avoid riding their brakes.  All these factors make a huge difference in how long your brakes will last.

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