Brake pads are one of the most important parts of any vehicle. When a car or van’s brakes are faulty or in disrepair, fleet managers take a serious gamble every time their drivers head out on the road. Each time a driver pushes down on the brake pedal, there is a question as to whether the faulty brakes will work or whether that vehicle is about to be in a serious predicament.
Especially with the torrential downpours that most parts of the UK has been enduring recently, having defective brakes, including those that work inefficiently or sporadically, drastically increase the chance of an accident. They also increase the likelihood of a driver being held responsible for another person’s injuries and property damage.
Signs of bad brake pads
A vehicle warning light. Get the vehicle inspected as soon as possible. Many vehicles have brake sensors and warning lights that come on when there is an issue.
Unusual sounds. Any grinding, screeching, or other unusual noise that happen when a driver presses on the brakes is a sign they need to be checked and likely repaired.
Unusual vibrations. It’s time to go to the garage, if the brake pedal, steering wheel, or any other part of the car vibrates or shakes when a driver presses down on the brakes.
The vehicle pulls. If the vehicle pulls to one side when a driver presses the brakes, there is a problem.
Diminished responsiveness. If a driver notices that the brakes are delayed or simply do not stop the vehicle as fast as they used to, it is time to get the brakes checked out.
Your brake pad is too thin. You may be able to see your brake pads through your wheel spokes. If the brake pad is not at least one-fourth of an inch thick, it needs to be replaced.
Get some good brake pads
New vehicle technology is making cars ever safer, but brakes must be maintained properly. Brakes lose efficiency over time as the components gradually wear, so their deterioration is hard to spot from day to day checks. Most brake pads start their life with about 12mm of friction material, and most mechanics suggest replacing them when they get to 3 or 4mm.
At Fuel Card Services, we would encourage motorists to not simply leave it to the annual MOT to check on the condition of the brakes, but to make sure they are monitoring the effectiveness of their brakes on an ongoing basis.
We have built up a network of garages that offer the best in terms of quality, standards, and customer service and call it MyService.Expert. Our relationship with these dealer groups means we can offer you a full choice of service with top garages who have made genuine investment in delivering high standards of service through the hands of highly-skilled technicians.
It is simple to join. At MyService.Expert it is free to register your vehicles, plus you get many more benefits.
The benefits of joining MyService.Expert
Here is how it works: One of your vehicles is due to service. MyService.Expert will send you an alert, then provide discounted costs from garages near you. You compare and select. We pay the garage and then invoice you. Easy.
The benefits of joining do not end there: Fuel Card Services’ partnership with these experts means you typically save 30% on work in comparison to going direct to a franchise dealer.
There is no joining fee, and no minimum contract to register your vehicles online. In addition there is no minimum number of cars, vans or HGVs that can be added.
Simplify your vehicle maintenance by booking work via the online portal. Here you can job authorise and pre-negotiate discount rates that cover servicing, repairs and maintenance. It also includes tyre replacement or repairs
The costings are transparent, based upon thorough working knowledge and up-to-date automotive data. Plus all genuine parts and repairs are protected under warranty.
All costs need your online approval before work begins. Doing this action is easy, MyService.Expert is accessible anywhere and at anytime on a WiFi connected device.
Just like your Fuel Card Services provides visible costings to keeping your business moving with fuel; think of MyService.Expert as your vehicle maintenance expense solution.
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