With the passage of time unconsciously you develop certain habits while driving and operating your car and some of these habits can be harmful to your car. Things that look harmless such as racing your engine and resting your hand on the gear stick can cause lasting damage to your vehicle. There are thousands of drivers unaware of how damaging some of their road routines can be. So here we have shed light on acts that can cause damage to your vehicle and tips to avoid the damage you may be causing to your vehicle unknowingly.
Dragging the brakes
Dragging your car brakes is a useless practice that will cause more wear and tear on brake pads and discs. This will lead to the need to replace them more frequently which will add extra unnecessary expense to your car maintenance. The best way to avoid this practice is to go downhill engage a low gear and apply light brakes then release the pedal to allow brakes to cool. Apply the brakes only when required and repeating in the same manner until you reach the end of the hill.
Shifting from drive to reverse without stopping
Most drivers when they are in a rush they do this practice, this can put unnecessary stress on the gearbox. While some modern vehicles are equipped with programs to avoid the damage due to this practice but still some wear and tear can occur. So the safest way is to avoid doing this.
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Running on the low fuel tank
There can be many possible reasons for you to run your vehicle with a tank on low fuel but we are not aware that running the vehicle on low fuel allows the dirt, rust, and grime sitting at the bottom of your fuel tank to get sucked into the system. The waste then attacks the fuel pump and filters. The fuel also acts as a lubricant and coolant for the fuel pump and when the fuel runs dry it can cause wear and tear to the pump leading to failure and eventually an expensive replacement.
Resting a hand on the gear stick
Driving instructors always advised to keep both hands on the wheel all the times but many of us develop the bad habit of resting a hand on the gear which can affect your transmission. The gear stick is connected to a selector fork which is designed to make a contact with a rotating collar for a short amount of time. But when you rest your hand on the gear stick you are applying pressure to the selector fork causing premature wear. Some user’s manuals also mention this specifically so better to fit an armrest.
Hitting holes and bumps
It is believed that the major cause of vehicle damage is potholes so they should be avoided. Driving over these holes or bumps in speed can cause bent wheels, lumps in the tire and cracked alloys and also it can damage the tracking and wheel balancing. Driving over the speed bump without slowing down can cause damage to the front and rear of the car, the underside and also the exhaust system.
Using clutch while driving uphill
Many drivers do this unknowingly that they stay in one spot without completely stopping the vehicle while climbing a steep road. It is advised to use the automatic brake hold system in such situations or use hand brake system for this purpose. Remember if you will ride on the clutch too much it will make clutch fail ultimately resulting in the failure of switching gears.
Revving the engine when it is not warm
When you start the engine the oil pump pushes oil around the system and this takes time to fully circulate avoiding potential damage. Imagine an athlete would not go for a race without warming up first. So it is always better to leave the engine to run for 10 seconds before you set off.
Some people say that the engine oil actually never warms up so taking up short journeys will be dreadful. In reality, all vehicles start from cold so it is important to avoid revving the engine when it is cold and wait till it warms up.
Ignoring warning signs
Some cars have around 40 different warning signs and it is not a surprise that most of the people cannot understand these warning lights such as tire pressure, engine emission, and fog-light indicators. It is worth checking your owner’s manual to find out what the warning lights on your dashboard mean so you can have the idea which ones need to be addressed immediately.
These are some of the common driving mistakes even experienced drivers make causing excessive wear and tear on their vehicle. We hope after reading these you will try to avoid them in the future and save your vehicle from further damage.