Five Bad Driving Habits that May Be Damaging Your Car

Your car is perhaps one of your life's largest investments, which means that you should walk (or drive) the extra mile to make the most out of it. While regular maintenance like tire rotations and changing do help, but you also need to make sure to implement some good driving habits - unlike the ones we will be discussing in this blog.

Driving Habits to Avoid:

1) Smashing into potholes:

Spring, AKA the 'pothole season', is when this happens the most. If you are driving at high speeds and end up encountering a pothole, you could damage your tire – or even blow it out completely.

In addition, these instances take an immense toll on your vehicle's alignment, suspension, and steering. If you find a pothole unavoidable, you should at least lower your vehicle speed so that the impact and, by extension the damage, is minimized.

2) Not slowing down at speed-bumps:

Speed-bumps, if met with high speeds, can also impair your vehicle's alignment, suspension, and steering.

The very reason behind installing speed-bumps is to ensure pedestrian and driver safety.

So, make sure to be a good driver, neighbor, and citizen, and slow down whenever you see a speed-bump approaching.

3) Overloading the vehicle:

Although many vehicles can endure heavy loads, no car is meant to be loaded beyond its capacity.

The owner manuals often specify the cars' weight limits, giving you a fair idea about the amount of luggage you can carry.

Remember that the more weight your car carries, the more strained its suspensions and brakes will be. In addition, even if leaving out unnecessary stuff such as gym gear or golf clubs might not add to your vehicle's strain, they can certainly impact its fuel economy.

For this reason, we recommend keeping unimportant items back home, and traveling light.

4) Ignoring warning lights:

Contemporary car dashboards are more lighted than the National Christmas Tree at Washington.

A lot of these indications, such as 'bulb gone' or 'water fluid' are ignorable until you stop your vehicle.

However, there are a few warning lights that need to be addressed right away.

For this reason, you should go through the owner's manual and learn what every warning light means, and becoming familiar with the ones that will require your immediate attention.

Here are some of the warnings that should not be ignored:

  • Engine.
  • Airbag.
  • Failed power steering.
  • Braking system.
  • Cooling system.
  • Oil pressure.

5) Not using the parking brakes:

Parking brake, as you might have guessed, is supposed to be used every time a vehicle is parked, regardless of the kind of terrain that it is parked on.

Although the transmission might keep the car from moving while parked, but in reality, your Parking Brake is the sole component that can keep the vehicles locked.

Hence, in order to lower the stress on your transmission, it is best to use the parking brakes.

Final Word:

We understand that old habits die hard, but, if you want to make sure that your vehicle (and you, yourself) stay alive, happy, and healthy, you should start to let go of the above driving habits – at least one at a time.

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