Avoid “riding” your brakes – it causes overheating. Instead, slow down with moderate pressure and release the brake to cool.
Keep your wheels and braking system clean. Clean brakes work better and keep temperatures down.
Check brake fluid level every 10,000 miles.
When doing a complete brake job, refinish rotors and drums, replace brake pads or shoes, inspect, clean and repack wheel bearing and replace grease seal.
Knowing the braking system does a lot of work and the brake pads take the brunt of the punishment. It is a good idea to have you brake pads checked every 6 months or when you suspect a problem.