Brake maintenance is an extremely important part of your overall car's maintenance program. Some of the maintenance tasks are DIY, or do it yourself tasks, while others you may want to have a mechanic or other automotive professional tend to. Your brakes quite possibly are the most important safety features your car can have. They help you stop at an instant in the case of a dire situation, and they also help you while you go around turns at high speeds. Brakes come as pads, and they do not last forever, and actually they do not last that long at all. Brake pads are very complex pieces of machinery, but they will wear out. There are several causes of brake wear that happen just from regular driving. The faster you go, the more energy will be put on the brakes when you brake. People brake a lot due to "stop and go" driving, and a bevy of other reasons. Your brake fluid should be changed at least once a year, and should be done by a professional, since brake fluid can be hot and toxic. You should also bleed your brakes, which can be done by yourself, though you will need two people for the process. Bleeding your brakes will remove any air pockets in the brake line, which can cause a problem with the pressure of the system. Lastly, you will also want to have your brake pads changed. Be advised that these new pads take time to break in, so you will need to press harder at first to get the same effects as you were used to.