Can repeated hard braking damage your car?

Some of my friends have told me that I'm a hard braker when I'm behind the wheel. I don't think I am. However, they also say that this may damage my car. Is that true?

“When you brake hard, you don’t necessarily damage your car, but you definitely wear out certain components prematurely.
Your brake pads and brake rotors won’t last as long due to repeated hard braking, but that’s not all that gets damaged. Other issues include:
  • Significant wear on your anti-lock braking system
  • Significant wear on your tires
  • Damage to your driveshaft
The best idea to curb these issues is to change your braking habits. Slowly brake into stops to reduce wear and always pay attention to the road to avoid suprise hard-breaking. This will help your car last longer, and you may not need to purchase a used car warranty to help maintain you car. By changing your braking habits, you could save yourself money!
If you want to look into other ways to save money on your car, it’s a good idea to re-evaluate your car insurance policy every six months. It could be you’re overpaying for your policy and not even know! Try using the Jerry app. Jerry compares rates from the top companies and delivers the best deals to your phone in minutes for free, so you can save money without hassle.”
Eric Schad
Answered on Aug 27, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.

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