How do outside conditions affect my brakes?

Outside temperature actually has little or no affect on your brake system. In fact, due to the friction generated between the brake pads and rotors, your brake system stays warm for a substantial amount of time after being driven for even a short amount of time and even after being parked. Cold weather doesn’t stop the heat and friction from being created inside your car’s brake system. Heavy braking can, however, overheat your brakes, reducing their efficiency.

Water or a Winter Chill

Rain or melting snow or ice can result in moisture on your brakes or brake fluid. If the water freezes, your brake system’s ability to function with the proper and efficient amount of pressure required for optimal performance drops. You may experience a dragging in your brakes under these circumstances. Additionally, if the excess moisture in your brake fluid begins to boil from the extra heat created as a result of increased friction, your brake performance may weaken and the distance required to stop your vehicle will increase.


Make sure that brake maintenance is on the top of your list for vehicle service each year. A skilled mechanic can make sure that your brake system’s intricate parts are working efficiently and functioning properly, helping you prevent any dangerous situations due to weather or other driving conditions.