The more experienced the driver, the more he has “bad habits” of driving which are very difficult to get rid of. These habits not only negatively affect the technical condition of the car but also can empty the car owner’s wallet because will lead to expensive repairs. Here are some habits to allow in order to increase your car life.
1. Do Not Rest Your Hand on the Gear Lever
First, both hands are needed for driving. Secondly, prolonged (even if not strong) pressure on the lever over time leads to problems when shifting gears due to shifting synchronizers and gears. Transmission repair is very expensive, as there are a lot of moving parts in it and the system itself is particularly complex.
2. Refuel the Car More Often
When the car is idle, there is an accumulation of impurities in the tank, due to which precipitate forms. After this, contaminants enter the pump and filter what causes serious damage. Everything may end up with the fact that the fuel supply from the tank to the engine will be disrupted.
Do not leave the tank empty in the winter, it must be at least half full. So you will avoid the formation of condensation, which at low temperatures can lead to deformation of the tank and other troubles.
3. Don’t Press The Brakes Too Often
Abuse of brakes is a direct way to damage discs and pads. Therefore, you need to brake correctly so the heel should be close enough to the brake pedal and the rise of the arch of the foot should touch the middle of the pedal. Shift most of the foot weight to the floor and push the pedal not sharply but gently, carefully increasing the pressure. Before the car stops completely, release the pressure on the pedal a little.
4. Do Not Ignore “Incomprehensible” Sounds
If your car began to make sounds that were not there before, go for a vehicle inspection and the faster, the better. If you ignore the problem, sooner or later everything will end in a car breakdown right in the middle of the road that can threaten your life.
5. Do Not Forget to Warm Up the Engine
There are engines that do not need this but do not forget that you should not keep the engine at speeds above 2000 without reaching the required temperature. In winter, take 1-2 minutes to warm up. That time is enough to wipe the windows and adjust the position of the driver’s seat. If you avoid this simple rule for a long its likely that sooner or later you will be forced to sell your car for cash due to complicated and expensive breakage.
6. When Driving Downhill, Do Not Rest Your Foot on the Brake
Drivers often do this so that they can brake quickly if necessary. But in this way discs and pads wear out much faster. Better go on a lower gear and start engine braking. When you slow down, you achieve the effect of lowering speed. This is exactly what you need while moving down. Let the noise that will arise do not bother you. Experienced drivers use this method when they need to slow down before turning.
7. Downhill in a Gear
This another common mistake. Many drivers on the descent leave the car in gear without using the handbrake. In this case, the car is kept stationary due to compression of the engine and the links in the transmission. Leaving the car in this position, the owner exposes the transmission parts, in particular, the clutch to increased wear.