Crashing is pretty much every car owners worst nightmare, so taking every precaution to avoid wrecks is a great idea. Your brake system is another system besides the transmission that is extremely important. As your vehicles brake pads wear-and-tear their effectiveness is diminished, this can lead to your vehicle not stopping on time or even seized brakes. Neither of these situations are going to be good for you or your vehicle.
Some signs you should look for when diagnosing whether you need new brake pads or not are:
Normal wear-and-tear on brakes is normal, but certain driving behaviors can lead to quicker wear-and-tear. If you notice any of these symptoms from your brake system it may be time for new brake pads.