Think about how often you use the brakes in your vehicle, probably very often. With that said, over time your brake pedal pad can become worn down and even lose its ridges and traction. The last thing you want is your foot slipping off the brake pedal and increasing the odds of you getting in an accident. So before that happens, you’ll want to pick up a new brake pedal pad.

This pad is what is found on your brake pedal and it’s what your foot pushes down on each time you brake. Our shoes can be dirty, salty, wet, slushy, and more, all of which takes its toll on the brake pedal pad. Over time it’s only natural the rubber starts to break down, wear, and even crack in some cases.

Keep the following in mind when considering a new brake pedal pad:

  • Size and shape: The type of brake pedal pad you need depends on the make, model, and year of your vehicle. It needs to fit perfectly so it doesn’t interfere with you using the brakes.

  • Material: While shopping for a new brake pedal pad you will want to pay attention to what it is made out of, how long it is meant to last, and what kind of grip/traction it offers you.

A brake pedal pad is more than just an accessory for your car, it provides you with good traction/grip as you step on the brakes.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy a Good Quality Brake Pedal Pad and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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