Bad driving habits themselves are a great way to prematurely ruin your car or truck, and that's true even if you don't crash. Read the advice from our expert auto repair specialists below.
Don't Push the Speed Limit
It can be a thrill to race down the highway, passing all the slower cars and proving your handling prowess as you travel through the lanes and around the curves. But realize that driving like this can break the car. Our engine professionals at Christian Brothers in Corinth, TX believe that most automobiles perform ideally at between 40 and 60 mph. If you go faster, your engine will need more gas per mile driven and your transmission may not be able to keep up. Also, when you go so fast it means extra stress on all the small moving parts of your engine, and that can cause it to wear out more quickly. Driving at the speed limit is a great way to show that you love your vehicle.
Don't Shift Like a Novice
Shifting is a big deal. First, don't ever shift into park or reverse while your car is still moving. Next, don't shift into park and leave the car without also putting on the parking brake. When you do, your whole car will rest against the transmission instead of the brake. For stick shifts, be careful to remove your foot from the clutch when you aren't shifting. These simple things could save you thousands.
Don't Drive Aggressively
It's not a race. Of course this bad habit is dangerous. But also, slamming the gas pedal at intersections and then braking hard is difficult on your brakes, engine and transmission. It's clear why you want to show off a fast car, but we think that showing off breaks cars.
Don't Rev the Engine or Idle
If you've read our blog, you know our thoughts on idling. It's also unwise to rev your engine while stopped, especially if your engine is cold. If you do, the engine will not become lubricated safely and the catalytic converter won't function properly. Going straight from cold to hot isn't good either.
Don't Empty the Tank
Know about two ways that draining your car or truck of diesel or regular gas or keeping the level low is unwise. Sediment in gas or diesel settles on the bottom of your tank, so when the level is low your fuel pump has to push the grit through the fuel lines. This might cause a clog and will also force your tiny engine mechanisms to work a little harder than necessary. Furthermore, gas in the tank usually helps cool the part that pumps fuel, making it more efficient. If you don't have enough, your fuel pump could get too hot.
Avoid Slow Acceleration
Primarily to save gas, know that it's not a good idea to accelerate too slowly. Some drivers have been taught not to “jackrabbit” at start, and the general principle is a good one. But getting going too slowly stops your auto from reaching optimal speed and can tax the engine and transmission. You should probably drive at about the same speed as the cars around you.
Come in for a Checkup
Drive well and keep your auto clean top to bottom. You should also be sure to check the tires, oil and lights often. Then, at least every 5,000 miles, bring your ride in to your Corinth Christian Brothers repair shop for a professional checkup.