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Spotlight on Safeline: Not all brake pads are created equal

Every month, we get to know one of Right To Repair’s Tier 1 sponsors. This month, we shed the spotlight on Safeline brake pads.

There are certain moments in life that really count –being prepared for these can make all the difference.

In a world where a crash or close-call boils down to meters, it’s important to know the difference between available brake pads on the market, so you can make an informed decision.

In the internationally recognised AMS Fade Test (an independent assessment that determines braking distance), one brake pad manufacturer stood out. Safeline was proven to outperform competitor brake pads, stopping up to 10 metres shorter on average, than other leading brands.

Brake failure accounts for about 1 in 9 car accidents with mechanical causes in South Africa, making the choice of brake pads you fit a life-or-death decision.

The poorer the quality of your brake pads, the longer your stopping distance – which means you are more likely to find yourself in a collision.

Although new brake pads may look alike, they don’t all perform the same. An independent ISO 17025: 2017 dynamometer test found deficiencies in the build quality of some brake pads in the South African market. These inferior options cracked easily and crumbled under pressure when put to the test.

In the real world, the stakes become higher if you choose to fit low-quality brake pads. While cheaper options may seem attractive in tough times, risking brake failure means risking your life and the lives of others.