Have you already been driving for several years or are you only beginning to drive? This activity may be both exciting and exhausting. Of course, firstly it depends on road conditions. However, there’s another important thing to be considered while driving – The behavior of your car. The longer you own a car the more driving habits you acquire.
“Unfortunately not all of these habits are good ones. The experienced you become the harder it’s to break them and really often those habits can affect the condition of your car. We decided to compile examples of unwise driving behavior.”
Hopefully, this article will help you avoid dangerous situations and unnecessary expenses.
7. Resting your hand on the gear shift
Many people have the habit of resting their hand on the gear shift while driving. This shouldn’t be done for several reasons. the foremost obvious is that you simply need both hands to steer.
Another harmful effect is that such small yet constant pressure on the gearbox turns it into a sort of shaker, displacing synchronizes and gears. This, in turn, results in problems with shifting gears.
Whether you own an automatic or manual car a transmission that’s not working correctly can cause serious problems both under the hood and out on the road. Moreover, transmissions are very complex they have many moving parts so this bad habit can easily bring you huge expenses.
6. Refueling only when the tank is almost empty
When your car isn’t in use, mechanical impurities accumulate within the fuel tank and sediment forms at the bottom. The dirt gets into the filters and therefore the pump causing damage.
The purpose of the latter is to induce fuel from the fuel tank and deliver it per the demands of the engine. During winter months make sure to always leave the tank a minimum of half-filled with fuel to avoid the formation of huge amounts of condensate.
In freezing conditions, the presence of water within the fuel tank can cause its deformation and other problems.
5. Frequent Breaking
Keep your distance and merger with the traffic, this is often what they teach you in driving schools. However, if you keep breaking unnecessarily, you better put aside a hefty sum for regular brake pad and disc replacements to avoid unpleasant accidents.
Remember to promptly change the brake hoses and keep your eye on the brake fluid level. keep in mind that braking is another skill to be mastered. It takes a particular skill level to do it correctly. Moreover, appropriate braking will make the driving process less stressful for both the driving force and also the passengers.
Here are some instructions for proper braking technique –
- Place the heel of the right foot on the ground it should be close enough to the pedal
- The ball of the foot should touch the middle of the pedal
- Remember that the majority of the burden of the foot should get on the ground while giving the pedal light pressure
- Cautiously Increase the pressure until the car is almost at a complete stop
- Ease up the pedal a bit before the complete stop. that may help to keep the vehicle from bouncing back too hard
4. Ignoring Suspicious Sounds
As your car started to give suspicious sounds have you already taken it to the service garage. If not then you should do it right away. Slight creaking sounds and other unusual noises can indicate a malfunction.
Many drivers tend to ignore these signs and as a result of their cars often break down in the middle of the road where it might create trouble not knowing what to do with the car.
Moreover, it might be dangerous as well.
Please use the following steps to safely move your vehicle away from the highway to avoid the possible danger.
- First, pull over to a safe spot.
- Don’t hesitate to ask for any possible assistance because the process might not be as easy as it seems
- Remember to switch on the hazard lights if the card is completely broken down and you cannot start it, just push into a safe place
- Try to diagnose the issue.
- If you cannot figure out the problem call the police or roadside services to get their proper help.
Therefore if your car starts emitting unnatural sounds be sure to run proper diagnostics to identify the problem and deal with it in time.
3. Neglecting to use the handbrake
When you park your car with an automatic transmission on a slope, the entire burden falls in the lock gear of the output shaft of the gearbox. To successfully park on an incline, hold the foot brake and shift into park, then pull the handbrake and only then slowly release the brake.
It doesn’t really matter if your car features a manual or a transmission system. Car manufacturers recommend the utilization of the hand brake to immobilize any parked vehicle.
2. Running a cold engine at high revs
Most modern engines don’t need warming up, however, it’s worth remembering that until the gauge indicates operating temperature, one shouldn’t learn the engine at quite 2,000 revs in freezing conditions.
It is advisable to keep the engine running for one to two minutes before pulling away. All you need to do is start the car and let it idle for a couple of minutes to keep the engine working. During this time you can clean your windows adjust the mirrors and your driver’s seat
1. Keeping your foot on the brake while driving downhill
Many motorists tend to keep their foot on the brake pedal while driving downhill to be ready to stop at any moment. This leads to brake system overheating 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 scale back the utilization of normal brakes. It works by reducing the speed of the engine which suggests that the speed of the vehicle reduces also the aim is to stop the vehicle from gaining too fast to speed especially while going downhill.
Don’t get scared of the noise that you will hear when you use this method of engine braking. That is pretty normal. By the way car racers often use this trick, which is downshifting to slow down the car before another turn. Remember to drive carefully and patiently as John Irving rode in his last night in the twisted river and just because you’re sober don’t think you’re a good driver.
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