TYPICAL BRAKE PAD WEAR:
For example, a city driver will use their brakes more than drivers that use the highway with little traffic, or drivers that live in rural areas.
Speed plays a factor as well. Those who do a lot of small, low-speeds stops are going to be easier on their brakes than those who have to do heavy braking at higher speeds. Braking at low speeds doesn’t affect your brake pads as much as heavy braking at higher speeds. For this reason, congested highways are the main culprits that cause brake pad wear. Your front brake pads will also wear down faster than your rear pads. The front of your vehicle handles a lot more weight transfer as you brake, causing more wear.
Over time heat and friction also contribute to brake pad wear.
Which axle your brakes are on will also influence how much wear and tear your pads sustain. Your car naturally does the majority of its braking with the front brakes, so those pads will wear faster than the rears.
HOW TO MAKE BRAKE PADS LAST LONGER:
Drive with the flow of traffic to avoid any unnecessary heavy braking.
Give yourself plenty of following distance from the car in front of you so you can coast to a nice, easy stop.
Remove any unnecessary weight from your vehicle.
Keep your speed low in heavy traffic and avoid any sudden braking.
BRAKE INSPECTIONS & SERVICES:
Squeaking, squealing or grinding
Pumping the brakes is required to stop
Soft or spongy brakes
Stiff or hard brakes
The brake light comes on
When the pads get below about 25 percent of their total thickness when brand new.