Reckless driving habits themselves can destroy your automobile, and that's true even if your bad driving doesn't cause a crash. Below are a few tips on avoiding these bad habits so your car works better and lasts longer.
Don't Start Slowly
This one is primarily about fuel economy, but it may also be a matter of personal safety – it's not a good idea to accelerate more slowly than traffic. Some drivers have been taught not to push the pedal to the metal, and the general principle is a good one. But starting extra slow stops your auto from normal driving conditions and can put wear on the transmission and engine. You should probably drive at about the same speed as the drivers around you.
Don't Empty the Tank
Know about 2 ways that emptying your car of diesel or regular gas or keeping the needle low is harmful. Sediment in gas or diesel settles on the bottom of your tank, so when the level is low your engine has to send that grit through the fuel lines. This causes buildup and can also force your tiny engine mechanisms to work harder than usual. The other reason is that for many vehicles, gas or diesel in the tank actually helps cool the part that pumps fuel, making it last longer and work better. If you have too little, your fuel pump could get hot and wear out easily.
Don't Rev the Engine or Idle for Too Long
We have written about engine idling already, and the long and short of it is that you should avoid idling for more than about one minute. It's also a bad idea to rev your engine while stopped, especially if your engine is cold. When you do, the engine will not become lubricated safely and the catalytic converter won't start working. Going straight from cold to hot isn't good anyway.
Don't Drive Aggressively
It's not a race. Of course this driving habit is far more likely to cause a wreck. But beyond that, peeling out at stoplights and slamming on the brakes is rough on your brakes, engine and transmission. It's clear why you want to show off a fast vehicle, but true car lovers know that showing off breaks cars.
Don't Abuse the Transmission
There are a number of instances in which bad shifting behavior can damage your transmission or clutch. We'll just cover a few of the ways. Don't ever shift into park or reverse while your car is still moving. Next, don't go into park and run off without using the E brake. If you do, all the weight of your car will be resting against the transmission instead of the brake. For manual transmission vehicles, be careful not to hold down the clutch between shifting. These easy tricks could save you many hundreds of dollars.
Don't Push the Speed Limit
Driving as fast as possible on the freeway can be exciting. However, driving too fast can be hard for your engine. Our auto team at Christian Brothers in Humble believes that most cars and trucks perform best at 40-60 mph. If you drive at higher speeds, the engine will burn more gas mile by mile and your transmission will be pushed to the max. Also, driving that fast means extra stress throughout the engine and that can cause you to need early repairs. In the end, driving safely is the best way to show off that you're a proud car owner.
Come in for a Checkup
Drive well and keep your auto tidy top to bottom. You should also be careful to check the oil, the tires and the lights regularly. Then, at least every 5,000 miles, bring your auto in to your Humble Christian Brothers garage for a diagnostic and analysis.