Bad driving habits themselves are a great way to prematurely ruin your auto, and that's true even if you don't wreck. Below are a few tips on avoiding these bad habits so your car works better and lasts longer.
Don't Push the Speed Limit
Pushing your car to the max on the interstate can be thrilling. But driving like this can break the car. Our automobile professionals at Christian Brothers in Spring, Texas, believe that most cars perform best at forty to sixty miles per hour. If you go faster, your engine will burn more fuel per mile driven and your transmission may not be able to keep up. Also, driving that fast it means extra stress on all your engine parts, and that can cause it to wear out more quickly. Driving at posted speed limits is a great way to show off that you're a proud car owner.
Don't Shift Improperly
It can be tricky to handle the transmission properly. Don't ever move to park or reverse while your car is moving. Also, don't go into park and head off without putting on the parking brake. If it so happens that you do, the whole vehicle's weight will be resting against the transmission itself. For manual transmission vehicles, be careful to remove your foot from the clutch when you aren't shifting. These simple habits could save you thousands.
Don't Stop and Start Too Quickly
It's not a race. One of the most obvious reasons not to drive too fast, of course, is that this bad habit is dangerous. But also, shotgunning at lights and braking hard is taxing on your engine, your transmission, your suspension system and your brakes. It's clear why you want to show off a fast vehicle, but we think that you shouldn't abuse it.
Don't Sit and Idle or Rev
We have written about engine idling already, and the truth is that you shouldn't ever idle the engine for more than about one minute. It's also not great to rev your engine while stopped, especially if your engine is cold. When you do, the engine oil won't circulate properly and the catalytic convertor won't function properly. Furthermore, subjecting all the tiny parts of your engine to extreme shifts in temperature can cause widespread damage.
Don't Empty the Tank
Know about 2 ways that emptying your car or truck of gas or keeping the tank low is a bad idea. Sediment in gas sinks to the bottom of your fuel tank, so when the level is low your car has to send that grit through the engine. Even if this doesn't clog the lines, which it could, it does cause your tiny engine mechanisms to work harder than usual. The other reason is that for many vehicles, gas or diesel in the tank helps cool the part that pumps fuel, making it work better. If you have too little, your fuel pump could get too hot.
Don't Accelerate Slowly
Primarily to save gas, know that it's not a good idea to accelerate too slowly. Some new drivers have been taught not to dart off from a stop, and that's usually smart. But accelerating too slowly stops your car 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.
Come in for a Checkup
In addition to driving wisely, keep your car or truck tidy from the exterior to the interior. You should also be sure to check the oil, the tires and the lights often. And at regular intervals, bring your car or truck in to your Spring Christian Brothers shop for a pro checkup.