Brake Safety Awareness Week encourages service and repair

August 22, 2011 12:00 AM

The Motorist Assurance Program (MAP), which helps drivers select an automotive repair facility for vehicle inspections and tune-ups, has designated the week of August 20th-28th as Brake Safety Awareness Week.

The organization wants drivers to realize the important role that brakes play for a vehicle. If these critical parts go while you're out on the road, you could be in for an accident. That's why it's important to keep up with your brake service & repair, which will keep these parts in top condition.

"Brakes are a normal wear item for any car, and eventually they're going to need to be replaced for both performance and safety reasons," said the Car Care Council's executive director Rich White. "We commend the Motorist Assurance Program for establishing a designated week to remind motorists of the signs and symptoms that their brake system may need maintenance or repair."

It's recommended that you have a certified mechanic look at your brakes at least once a year to diagnose any potential issues. You can also keep an eye out yourself when you're driving. If the brake light comes on, or you feel a rumbling when you press down on the brakes, you should take your car in for service immediately. Other warning signs include squealing or the car pulling to the left or right when you brake.

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