Being in the business of car and auto body repairs, we know a lot of motorists are very responsible when it comes to having their oil changed and getting their tires rotated regularly. While that’s the case, not nearly as many drivers pay as much attention to their brakes. If you ignore issues with your brakes for too long, or if you don’t have them inspected relatively often, small problems can quickly become big issues.

To bring attention to everyone’s need to have their brakes inspected regularly, the Car Care Council has designated August as National Brake Safety Awareness Month. As a rule of thumb, you should have your tires rotated every other time you have your oil changed. At a minimum, you should rotate your tires every six months, or at least once per year.

When you have your tires rotated, your brakes should be inspected at the same time. During a brake inspection, a technician will measure the thickness of your brake pads, check your rotors, and look over your brake hydraulic system. Your technician will also make sure your car has enough brake fluid.

However, you shouldn’t wait to have your brakes inspected if you notice that there’s an issue with your brakes. Screeching, grinding, or clicking coming from your vehicle’s wheel wells and your car polling to one side or the other when you apply your brakes are common signs that your brakes need work.

If you haven’t had your brakes inspected in a while, we encourage you to bring your automobile into your regular service center. If your vehicle needs advanced car repairs or auto body work, bring it into Fields Collision Center Jacksonville today.