Driving habits that ruin your car and drain your wallet
Whether you are already driving or just beginning to drive your car, there are certain habits you develop. The longer you own a car the more driving habits you acquire. Unfortunately, not all those habits are good ones. Moreover, the more experienced you become the harder it is to break them.
Resting your hand on the gear stick
Many people have the habit of resting their hand on the gear stick while driving. This shouldn't be done for several reasons. One obvious is that you need both hands to steer. Another harmful effect is that such small constant pressure on the gearbox affects in synchronizing of gears. This, in turn, leads to problems while shifting gears. Whether you own an automatic or manual car, the transmission that is not working correctly can cause serious problems both under the hood and on the road. Moreover, transmissions are very complex, they have many moving parts. So, this bad habit will bring you huge expenses for transmission repairs.
Refueling only when the tank is almost empty
When your car is not in use, mechanical impurities accumulate in the fuel tank and sediment forms at the bottom. This can be absorbed by the fuel pump, causing damage and shortens the life of the pump. During winter months, be sure to always leave the tank at least half filled with fuel to avoid the formation of large amounts of condensate. In freezing conditions, the presence of water in the fuel tank can lead to its deformation and other problems.
Keep the distance in merge with the traffic. If you keep braking repeatedly unnecessarily, you will have to go for regular brake pad and disc replacements. To avoid unpleasant accidents, remember to change the brake hoses and keep your eye on the brake fluid level. Keep in mind that braking is another skill to be mastered. Appropriate braking will be les stressful for both driver as well as passengers.
Place the heel of the right foot on the floor. Most of the weight of the foot should be on the floor. Increase the pressure until the car is almost ready to a complete stop. Ease up the brake pedal a bit before a complete stop. That will help the vehicle from patting back too hard.
Ignoring suspicious sounds
Has your car started to give suspicious sound? Have you taken into a service garage? If not, they you should do it right away. Slight sleeking sounds and other unusual noises can indicate malfunction. Many drivers tend to ignore these signs and as a result it causes often breakdown in the middle of the road. It might create trouble not knowing what to do with the car. It might be dangerous as well.
Steps to move your car to avoid the possible danger when it breaks out:
First pull over to a safe spot. Don't hesitate to ask any possible assistance. Remember to switch on the hazard lights. If the car has completely broken down and can't be started, push into a safe place. Later try to diagnosis the issue. Try to call police or roadside services to get proper help.
Neglecting to use the handbrake
When you park your car with an automatic transmission on a slope, the entire burden falls on the lock gear of the output shaft on the gearbox. To successfully park on an incline, hold the foot brake and shift into park. Then pull the handbrake and slowly release the foot brake. It doesn't really matter if your car has a manual or an automatic transmission. Car manufacturers recommend the use of parking brakes to immobilize any parked vehicle.
Running a cold engine at high revs
Most modern engines don't need warming up. However, it is worth to remember that until the gauge indicates operating temperature one shouldn't run the engine at more than 2000 revs. In freezing conditions, it is advisable to keep the engine running for 1-2 minutes before pulling away. All you need to do is start the car and let it idle for couple of minutes to keep the engine working. During this time, you can clean your windows, adjust the mirrors and your driver seat.
Keeping your foot on the brake while driving downhill
Many motorists tend to keep their foot on the brake peddle while driving downhill to be ready to stop the car any moment. This leads to brake system over-heating and wearing out of brake pads and discs. The proper thing to do is to shift to a lower gear and initiate engine braking which helps to reduce the use of normal brakes. It works by reducing the speed of the engine, which means the speed of the vehicle reduces also. The aim is to prevent the vehicle from gaining too faster speed especially while going downhill. Don't get scared of the noise that you will hear when you use this method of engine braking which is pretty normal. Car racers often use trick to slow down the car before another turn. Remember to drive carefully and patiently.