3 ways to keep your brakes in good condition

Check yourself before you wreck yourself
Dec 22, 2015
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When was the last time you checked on your brakes? When was the last time you looked into your brake fluid reservoir?

We all know how important it is for a car to have properly working brakes.  It’s common sense that neglecting your brakes is putting you, your family, your car, and anyone you're sharing the road with, in potential danger. But despite the clear and present necessity of safe brakes, motorists still tend to take them for granted.

Admit it: We're not always as vigilant as we should be. Brake maintenance isn’t just about testing the brake pedals, but also looking into the system itself, checking the reservoir and the fluid inside.

One of the best ways to keep your brakes in good condition is to take care of your brake fluids. Most trusted brake fluid brand Prestone has three useful ways to keep your brakes in-check. Remember these three Fs: full, fresh, and first-class.

* Keep it full. Regularly check your car's brake fluid reservoir to see if you're running dry. Low brake fluid levels could result in less braking power, which is incredibly dangerous if not immediately addressed. If you feel your brake pedal is losing power, or if the ABS warning light on your dashboard glows up, you could be low on fluids. Attend to it immediately, because it could be a sign of a leakage. Make sure that the fluid levels aren't above the maximum or below the minimum.

* Keep it fresh. Like every component in a car, brake fluid ages and needs to be replaced every so often. After 12 to 18 months of use, flush out all your brake fluid and replace it with a fresh dose. This keeps your pedals from getting spongy and your pistons from being damaged. Remember: It's not just a top-up—it's a flush and fill. Flush it all out, clean the reservoir, and fill it up again.

* Keep it first-class. One of the best measures to keep your brakes working well is to use premium quality brake fluids. Go for established brands like Prestone—tried, tested, and trusted by eight out of 10 drivers.

Watch this short clip on brake safety:

And if you decide to take matters into your own hands and handle your brake fluids yourself, Prestone's got you covered. Heed its words of advice for better maintenance:

* Wear gloves. Brake fluid can be harmful to the skin.

* Clean up. Be as thorough as you can--even a speck of dirt can severely damage your brake system severely.

* Cover up. Brake fluid can dissolve paint, so make sure to keep your engine bay and the area around it covered.

* Seal it. Open your fluid reservoir only when necessary, as the substance can absorb water from air.

Visit Prestone's official website to know more.

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