Later this afternoon I have to head across town to meet with some guys who are doing a little work on a duplex we own. It's only about a 20-minute trip. But in that 20 minutes I'll be weaving my way through my neighborhood where there's a stop sign at virtually every corner.
Next, I'll be zooming up an onramp to the Interstate where the speed limit is 70 mph. Fortunately my meeting is in the early afternoon. If it were an hour or two later I'd be stuck in what we lovingly call "stop-and-go" traffic. Honestly it's really just "stopped" traffic. There's very little "go."
After the Interstate it will be a parkway with a speed limit of 45 mph...I think. (Note to self: Check this before you get caught speeding.) Finally, it will be a few more neighborhood streets.
The Pros of Performance Brake Pads
Why do I share this with you? I went through all of this because it's probably not too unlike your own daily driving and that's the context for our look at performance brake pads vs. stock brake pads.
When you think about it, daily driving is far more "brake intensive" than something like a long road trip. There are a lot of brake products on the market today—including excellent ceramic brakes—that are well within the budget of the average driver. Names like Hawk HPS, Posi Quiet ceramic brake pads and are some to consider when you're making the choice between stock or performance brake pads.
The Different Types of Brakes
If you scan the brake pad reviews you'll learn a lot about ceramic brakes. One of the main advantages of these over stock pads is their stability when they are subjected to high heat. The brake pad manufacturers have built a product that can handle its paces under pressure. It's the same quality that makes CorningWare® do so well in the oven.
And, in daily driving situations you get on and off your brakes a lot. Negotiating miles of city streets clogged with traffic can heat up your brakes fairly quickly. High performance brake pads can take this abuse without suffering "brake fade" like ordinary brakes and they are certainly a lot more efficient than older style brake shoes.
With products like the Hawk LTS brake pads and the colorful EBC Red Stuff brake pads and Yellow Stuff brake pads you also get less noticeable brake dust. Again, be sure to check the brake reviews to see all the testimonials; these brakes really run more quietly and smoother.
Choosing the Right Brake Pads for Your Vehicle
By upgrading the setup on your ride, you experience less brake fade, less dust, smoother stops and less noise—all of which are attributes that will be greatly appreciated in daily driving situations.