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Driving Habits That are Bad for Your Car

Driving Habits That are Bad for Your Car Your car is a big investment, and you want to take good care of it. You may already do all of the important steps when it comes to maintenance, but you might have some bad driving habits that are causing damage. If you are already in the habit of staying current on all of the recommended car maintenance, that is great because it means that you are taking one of the most important steps to extend the life of the vehicle and to make sure that it is safe to drive. Even with this, you should be aware of some driving habits that could be bad for your car, and you should try to take the effort to avoid them in the future. Hard Acceleration Some drivers like to press the pedal down hard when it is time to get going. What these drivers may not realize is that this puts unnecessary stress on the drive train. Your average commuter car was not designed to be driven hard like that, and if you keep it up, it will wear the components out faster. Try to accelerate gradually from a stop, and it will be much better for your car. Sudden Braking Many drivers have a tendency to hit their brakes too hard. Obviously, there will be times when you do need to make a sudden stop, but it should be avoided when it is not needed. When you hit the brakes hard, it puts more wear on the brake pads. By stopping over a longer distance and not mashing the brakes, you can get much more time out of a set of brake pads, and save yourself some money. Forgetting the Parking Brake When you park your car, you should always use the parking brake. It does not matter if you are on a hill or on a road that is relatively flat, this can reduce wear on components of the transmission. When you fail to apply the parking brake, all the weight of the vehicle rests on the parking pawl. If it is put under this stress repeatedly, and for a long enough time, this piece can wear out. The parking brake is there for a reason, so you should use it. Revving the Engine when it is Cold If you are starting your car on a cold day, it is a good idea to let it idle for a few minutes. By letting the car warm up, you are allowing the oil to circulate and get up to temperature. Some people think that they can hit the gas for a few seconds to help the car warm up faster, but the quick temperature change that occurs can cause damage. Just start the car and let it sit for a minute or two. With some patience, you can avoid this damage. Keeping Your Gas Tank Low You have a lot of people that try to avoid feeling too much of a financial burden at the gas pump by only ever buying a little bit of gas here and there. Because of this, they are always driving around low on gas, and they don’t think it is a big deal because the car keeps moving. The problem is that in many cars, the fuel pump is cooled by the gas. If the tank is too low, the fuel pump will not have a sufficient amount of coolant, and this can lead to damage if it is a regular occurrence. It is understandable if your gas gets a little low from time to time, but if you can, it is always better to keep it at above a quarter tank. Keeping a Small Amount of Fuel in the Tank Sometimes the cost of a full tank of gas doesn't fit into your budget, so you only add a gallon or two at a time. Most drivers don't know that this can lead to costly repairs further down the road. Modern fuel pumps are cooled by being submerged in fuel, so driving with only a small amount of fuel causes it to heat up and wear out more quickly. Keeping your gas tank at least a quarter full helps prevent this. Riding the Clutch If you drive a car with a manual transmission, you need to take care not to keep your foot on the clutch. It may feel natural to keep your foot resting on the clutch pedal when you are driving, but it should only be there when the clutch needs to be engaged. This slight amount of pressure can cause friction between components, and this will lead to a need for early repair. Another point is to not sit on the clutch when you are stopped at a light. This constant pressure will wear the clutch out over time. When you need to stop, put the car in neutral and take your foot away from the clutch. Suddenly Shifting From Reverse to Drive you're backing out of a Parking Space. The coast is clear, so you flick the shifter and start moving forward. Sound familiar? This might not seem so bad in the moment, but over time sudden direction changes like this can really damage your Drivetrain. Instead, come to a complete stop before switching. It only adds a second of time and will save you from future engine, transmission, or axle damage. Using the Shifter as a Hand Rest Driving a manual transmission car can be great fun, and when you're rowing through the gears, it feels natural to leave one hand on the steering wheel and the other on the shift lever. Don't. Leaving your hand on the shifter causes puts strain on the transmission's bushings and synchronizers, leading to premature wear. It's best to keep both hands on the wheel anyway. You'll help your transmission, and be able to take control if you need to make a sudden steering maneuver. Carrying Too Much Weight The more a car weighs, the more stress it places on its drivetrain, suspension, and brakes, and the more fuel it consumes – it's as simple as that. Do what you can to keep your car as light as possible. We're not suggesting ripping out the air conditioning or sound system, but clean out any unnecessary junk. While a few pounds of weight removed might only give you an extra mile on a tank of gas, it can really make a difference in the long run. Make sure your car is stocked with the essentials you need on a daily basis and store the rest somewhere else. Neglecting Warning Signs When something's going wrong with your car, chances are it will try to tell you. Any strange vibrations, intermittent squeaks, occasional knocks, or other unusual symptoms should be inspected right away. You might not feel any problems but the longer you wait, the more trouble you could be in if a part suddenly fails and you're left stranded on the side of the road.
by Er. Abhishek Khokhar on 2017-11-02 08:36:33

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