October 16, 2023
Written by
Curbee Team

Importance of regular brake maintenance and inspection for fleets

Brakes are arguably the most critical safety feature on any vehicle, and when you think about the additional number of miles driven on fleet vehicles (at least 2x that of the average consumer vehicle) it’s no surprise that checking your brakes is essential for the longevity of the vehicle (as well as the safety of your drivers). This is one instance where ensuring friction exists is a good thing! 

Regular brake maintenance will give fleet managers peace of mind, because they know their drivers can drive with confidence since they have taken the necessary steps to ensure their safety, and the safety of others on the road. 

The most common brake concerns are wear and tear, rust, corrosion, warping, and contamination. Brake pads need to be replaced periodically because they wear out with use. Brake rotors can also get warped or corroded if overheated or exposed to hazards such as road salt.. 

Five easy symptoms for you to be on the lookout for: 

  • Squeaking or squealing noises: listening for high-pitched noises when you apply the brakes 
  • Grinding noises: this is typically a sign that your brake pads have worn down completely and you are now damaging the brake rotors
  • Reduced responsiveness:  if you notice a delay between pressing the brake pedal and the vehicle slowing down it could indicate worn brake pads or a problem with the brake fluid. 
  •  Vibration or pulsation: if you feel this in the brake pedal when you apply the brakes, it could be that your brake rotors are unevenly worn or warped. 
  • Dashboard Warning Lights: if you see the brake warning light illuminated it’s a clear indication that your brake system needs attention! 

Of course if it’s also been a while since your last brake inspection, ensure you get them checked as soon as possible to ensure the safety of your drivers on the road. 

To mitigate the effects of extensive driving on your brakes, it’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule, have regular brake inspections and address any issues promptly. 

At Curbee, our experienced team provides services that keep commercial vehicles up and running and we come to you so no need to have extra downtime by having to take cars to the shop. 

Well maintained brakes provide optimal stopping power. Regular brake maintenance will allow you to catch issues early and prevent potential brake failures which could lead to accidents. Catching issues early will also save you and your company money in the long run. We’re here to help! Visit our fleet page and send us an inquiry to start the conversation.

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