Everybody understands brake pads and brake fluid have to be replaced as part of a routine maintenance schedule, but there is more to a brake system than just the pads. The rest of the system needs to be inspected on a regular basis, even though there isn't really a set rule as to when brake lines need to be cleaned, rotors need to be adjusted, calipers need to be replaced, or the master cylinder needs to be rebuilt. Those determinations are based on driving style along with local traffic and weather conditions rather than a predetermined mileage, although Honda models can suggest a basic schedule of when to check for problems based on average circumstances.
An old joke declares, “Don't worry about your car's brakes if they don't stop you something else will.” The saying is in poor taste, as a car wreck is neither funny nor a joke, but it does remind people of how important it is to keep their brakes serviced before a failure occurs. Other systems like the power steering in a vehicle work in tandem to make it run, but the brakes are the first and most important safety measure a car has.
The fact is, problems are going to occur which prevent the car from being driven long before there is an utter failure in the brake system. The rotors will only fail if the brake pads aren't serviced, and those are designed to emit a high pitched squeal when they need replacement. The calipers will rarely lose function unless damaged by an unrelated collision. The brake lines do need to be drained, replaced with new fluid, and properly bled because if the brake fluid becomes dirty or acquires condensation it will disrupt the function of the master cylinder. The master cylinder has a fail-safe which will prevent the car from running through both physical and electronic means if it is unable to activate the brakes.
It's important to have routine maintenance and repair work conducted by an authorized dealer such as Rolling Hills Honda Service Center in St. Joseph, MO and serving local areas such as Elwood and Savannah across the state line in Kansas. Authorized dealers are trained and familiar with the specific needs of each make and model of vehicle they are authorized to work with.