Driving habits that could save a fortune
Car’s that are used day to day get general wear and tear and obviously it is inevitable, however, we found an article from the IAM Roadsmart that list’s just a few of the bad driving habits that could ruin your car and cost you £££
So we thought we would share some of them with you… driving habits
DRAGGING THE BRAKES DOWNHILL
|When descending a hill, you may need to use the brakes and should do so appropriately.|
But if you’re in a high gear and using the brakes harder and longer than required, this puts unnecessary strain on the brakes which will result in faster deterioration than if you select a low gear and allow the engine to help manage the speed of the vehicle.
Over-using the brakes could result in over-heating – making them less effective if you need to stop in an emergency. Over-use also results in needing to replace them more often, making driving more expensive.
FLOORING THE ACCELERATOR IN A HIGH GEAR
|When you push the accelerator pedal too far at low RPM, the engine has to work extra hard to get up to speed, placing unnecessary strain on the motor. |
If you get into the habit of shifting gear up (say 4th to 5th) early and then stepping on the accelerator, you could be doing long-term damage to your engine. In situations in which acceleration is necessary and you find yourself at low RPM, it’s better to shift down (say 4th to 3rd), accelerate, and shift up again when appropriate.
This is most important when carrying heavy loads or climbing hills.
OVERLOADING YOUR VEHICLE
|As capable as our cars seem to be at lugging around as much as we can squeeze into them, they can be overloaded. The car’s maximum load weight should be in the owner’s manual and indicates how much we should carry in total.|
The more weight you carry in your car, the more stress you’re putting into the brakes, suspension, and drivetrain.
Carrying unnecessary items (golf clubs, fishing gear, and other non-essentials) in the boot of your car, while putting negligible added strain on the car on their own, will affect the vehicle’s fuel economy and emissions output.
SHIFTING FROM DRIVE TO REVERSE BEFORE STOPPING
|Especially bad in automatic vehicles – drivers should always completely stop moving forward before putting the vehicle in reverse.|
Shifting gear before coming to a stop will cause wear and tear on the transmission band, rather than the brake discs and pads, which are serviceable items. Any work on the automatic transmission will be labor-intensive, and therefore costly
HITTING POTHOLES AND SPEED BUMPS
|Most of us are familiar with the jarring thud of hitting potholes and speed bumps too fast. Reports have shown that a third of all vehicle damage is caused by potholes, so staying vigilant and ensuring they’re avoided is vital.|
Impacts can cause cracked or buckled wheels, tyre damage, and damage tracking or wheel balancing. Driving too fast over speed bumps can cause all of this as well as damage to the front, rear or underside of your car.