The brakes on your vehicle are among the most important systems for being safe on the road. Not only do you need them in the event that you need to come to a sudden stop, you need them to slow down for corners, to slow down before planned stops and, if you drive a manual, to stop your vehicle from rolling when you park. This may seem obvious, but quite a few people only bother to have their brakes checked when they have trouble stopping in a bad situation. They will put up with all of the squeaking, grinding and scraping in the world until they have a situation where they barely avoid getting into a wreck or were they do actually get into a wreck.
Maintaining your brakes means taking them to the mechanic. If you are not a mechanic yourself, the braking system on your vehicle is not something you should attempt to fix on your own. The consequences are simply too significant if you happen to make a mistake when you are maintaining your vehicle.
Some brakes are designed to start squeaking as a safety measure. When you hear them start to make racket when you are stopping, it means you need to bring your vehicle in to be serviced immediately. Of course, any braking system that has this feature will not start squeaking only a few seconds before the vehicle is about to lose braking power altogether, but it still means that it’s past time for you to have your brakes looked at.
If you have your brakes checked on a regular basis, you can usually distribute the cost of having your braking system replaced over a long period of time. Instead of having to go in and have it all done at once, you can have your rotors turned when you go in for a tune-up or have whatever other parts of the braking system need maintenance fixed before the entire thing falls apart. This is usually easier from a financial standpoint than going in to have your front, back, or all of your brakes replaced at once.
Your vehicle’s braking system and the maintenance of it are necessary for safe driving. Not maintaining it could be construed as negligence, in some circumstances. If somebody slammed into you and caused you injury because of a poorly maintained vehicle, contact a DFW car wreck lawyer. A car accident lawyer in Dallas may be able to help you pursue damages in court.