Breaking Bad Driving Habits
Drivers may slip into some bad driving habits when they are comfortable with their vehicle and the roads. Those habits can lead to undue wear and tear on your vehicle. To avoid these issues here are the top bad driving habits that we think you should be aware of.
Driving on Fumes
Waiting until you are empty to refill your gas tank? Driving with a near empty can cause your car’s fuel pump to generate excess heat and suffer premature failure. Get used to driving your car on a tank that is at least ¼ full of gas to avoid these issues.
Using the Curb as a Parking Aid
When you are backing into a spot or easing in to parallel park, it is tempting to tap the curb with your wheels to aid your parking placement. This can be damaging to your tires. In addition, it can mess with your car’s alignment and could cause your tires to be unbalanced.
Ignoring Warning Signs
It can be easy to ignore the warning signs on your dash like the check engine or tire pressure light. No one likes to see these issues, but it is best to visit your trusted mechanic to get these fixed. Repairing these problems sooner than later can be the difference between a simple repair and a costly fix.
Sometimes hard stops are necessary to avoid collision, but many times they can be avoided by looking forward to certain traffic patterns. By anticipating the next time you have to break, you can start the breaking action early. You can save excess wear on your brakes pads and rotors by smoothly pressing on the break.
It is known that speeding off once the stoplight turns green can have a negative effect on your gas mileage, but there are other consequences from quick starts too. Fast starts can cause major stress on the key elements of your car from the engine and transmission to the steering and suspension. Lay off the gas and do your car a favor.
If you’ve experienced one or more of these bad driving habits, your vehicle may be in need of a service check up. Visit our service center online today and schedule your next appointment.