Bad Driving Habits
Our cars are a little bit like our bodies: the way that we treat them has a lot to do with how long they last. Most people know that they should go to the doctor once a year or so to get a checkup and make sure that there are no immediate problems that need to be dealt with, just as most people know that they should visit their mechanic to check that their car is safe to drive on the road. But the problem is that drivers themselves do a lot of things that make it more likely that they’ll end up at the mechanics, just as they do things that make it more likely that they’ll have to call into the doctor’s office.
It turns out that the length of time your vehicle will last depends on how well you treat it. Driving it gently will get more miles out of it than ragging it at every opportunity that you get. Bad driving can wind up costing you a fortune in the long run.
Here are some bad habits that are wrecking your vehicle and what to do about them.
Ignoring Warning Lights:
When a warning light turns on, it’s a sign that you have to take immediate action. But far too many people ignore warning lights, thinking that they are just an electronic error. If the oil warning light switches on, for instance, it means that your oil levels are critically low. If the oil runs out, your car’s engine will seize up, making your car a total write off.
It’s also not a good idea on modern cars to avoid any other warning lights on the dashboard. Often these lights are codes that can be used by mechanics to determine what is wrong with your vehicle. If something has gone wrong the with car’s engine management system, you run the risk of getting stranded next time you take the car out.
Revving The Engine In Cold Weather:
When the weather is cold, some people like to run their engines to heat up the car and get rid of the layer of frost on the windscreen before they set off. But revving your car to help move the process along a little faster can actually wind up wrecking your car. The reason for this is that when it is cold, oil can’t circulate as easily around the engine compartment. When the oil isn’t circulating, moving engine parts wear out more quickly.
For this reason, top vehicle repair companies, like Victorian Diesel, recommend that drivers let engines tick over for a couple of minutes before revving them or driving them during cold weather.
Hard braking is a good idea when you’re hurtling towards traffic lights that suddenly turn red. But it’s not a good idea to do it on a daily basis. Hard braking wears out brake pads and tyres far more rapidly than gentle braking and, in extreme circumstances, can cause damage to disc rotors.
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