Having the vehicle inspected regularly is the best way to prolong the life of it. It can also help to ensure that the vehicle is safe and reliable for when you drive. The brakes are important because they allow you to slow down and to stop the vehicle safely. Brakes are needed for everyday stopping situations, as well as in an emergency situation. This could be if an object appears suddenly in the road like an animal.
Brakes are also good in case the person in front of you slams on the brakes and you have to react. It is also advised to not follow so closely to the vehicle ahead of you. It is recommended to drive at least three seconds behind the person in front of you. If the weather or road conditions are in a less than ideal condition, this distance should be double or tripled. This can help to allow ample time and distance to stop safely.
If you notice any odd noises or sounds, make sure to bring the vehicle in. This could mean that the brakes have an issue with them and should be inspected. Hearing a grinding or squealing noise could indicate an issue with the brake system. This could mean that parts are wearing against one another. If this is ignored it could lead to the brakes failing. It could also cause other parts of the vehicle to be worn and start to fail as well. If the brake pedal becomes spongy, it can also indicate poor brakes. Feeling any vibrations from the brake pedal as you apply it could mean that the brake pads and brake rotors are starting to fail.
Try not to slam on the brakes. This can lead to excessive wear and damage to them the more that the brakes are slammed. Over time, it could lead to the brakes going out all together. Also, make sure to avoid riding the brakes. Riding the brakes can add extra strain to them over time. Instead, try to anticipate stoplights or slower traffic and take your foot off the gas pedal. This can help to extend the life of the brake system of your vehicle.