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One of the most important pieces of safety equipment on your motor vehicle is your brakes. Your brakes are what determine how fast your vehicle can stop, and in many cases, this one factor is the most vital issue in avoiding getting into a fatal or injurious car crash. As such, it is important that Ontario residents keep their brakes in good repair, and therefore, they should know when they need to be serviced or replaced.

Generally, brake pads should be replaced every 50,000 miles. However, depending on how hard you drive your vehicle, the type of vehicle you drive, and the road conditions, brake pads may need to be replaced following only 25,000 miles of travel. In other cases, brake pads could last up to 70,000 miles.

Aside from these general guidelines, motor vehicle drivers should also do the following:

-- Each time a vehicle's tires are rotated, or the oil is changed, ask the mechanic to take a quick look at the thickness of the brake pads to determine if they need to be replaced.

-- Brake pads are equipped with special pieces of metal that rub against the brake rotors after the pads are worn down. Listen for these pieces of metal, which make metallic scraping noises to indicate that it is time to have the brake pads replaced.

-- If the brake pads seem to jitter every time a car is stopped, it could be a sign that the rotors are warped and need to be serviced. Be sure to service rotors at the first sign of warping.

-- Always visually inspect breaks, and if they appear to be worn in any way, it is probably a sign that they are ready to be replaced.

Ontario drivers who negligently fail to service their vehicles and keep them safe in order to avoid car accidents may be liable for car accidents that are caused due to their vehicles' disrepair. Ontario residents who have been injured by a negligent driver may wish to consult with a personal injury lawyer about the possibility of pursuing financial claims for damages.

Source: Your Mechanic, "How Often Should Brakes Be Replaced?," Ian Swan, accessed Sep. 30, 2016

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