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Are Your Brake Pads Ready for Winter Weather?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 10, 2017

During the winter months, snow, sleet, and heavy rain can cause serious problems for drivers in all areas of the country. Wintry precipitation, when combined with general driver negligence, account for a spike in traffic accidents during the winter months. Despite this bad news, having your brake pads maintained and ready for the icy roadways is an effective way to reduce your chances of crashing this winter.

Why Are Brake Pads Important During the Winter?

Brakes and brake pads need special attention during cold weather, and if yours are wearing thin, you will not be able to brake as quickly as you may need to. During winter, many municipalities salt the highways to reduce the buildup of snow and ice. This is a wonderful measure, in terms of safety, but the salt can damage your brake pads and cause them to prematurely age. Before hitting the road, be sure that your brake pads are in optimal condition, or you may find yourself slipping and sliding on slippery surfaces.

Signs You Need New Brake Pads?

Many newer cars provide their drivers with an electronic notification when their brake pads begin to thin. However, if your car lacks this feature, or you have an older vehicle, there are other ways to tell if your brake pads need to be replaced. If you notice any of the following signs, it may be time to have new pads installed:

  • Loss of responsiveness when brake is applied.
  • Vibration when brake pedal is pressed.
  • High-pitched noises coming from brakes.
  • Your car pulls to one side when brakes are used.

Some of the issues listed above can also indicate that your car is leaking brake fluid, which can become a serious problem.

Let Us Help

If you are involved in an auto accident this winter, a Seattle car accident attorney from Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. will be ready to help you. We know how dangerous winter driving can be, and even if you follow all the rules of the road, sometimes you simply can’t avoid accidents with negligent drivers. If your accident resulted in an injury, you may also be entitled to monetary compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. If you are ready to discuss the details of your accident, give our offices a call for a free consultation, at (888) 228-3860.

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