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Is Your Car Suffering from Bad Driving?

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Being a bad driver is more than just a character flaw; it’s a sure way to squander a sizeable investment. Routinely employing bad driving habits, such as riding the brake, ignoring the condition of tires, and neglecting to repair small potentially-rust causing dents, can do expensive and premature damage to a vehicle.


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According to Conor Fynes, YourMechanic.com writer, the act of riding the brakes (activating the gas and brake pedals at the same time) will negatively impact fuel efficiency and speed up the wear and tear on brake pads. To take some pressure off the regular brakes, Fynes recommends using the parking brake at all times when the car is parked.

Being a pack mule or overestimating a vehicle’s towing capacity can overtax a vehicle’s suspension and abusing the gearshift system with abrupt shifts, changing gears without stopping and navigating speed bumps at full velocity can hurt the transmission, according to Fynes. The shift stick and clutch are sensitive instruments, so hands off when they’re not needed, recommends Fynes.


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Tires need regular attention. Under-inflated or over-inflated tires can diminish a vehicle’s performance. According to Fynes, “deflated tires can decrease gas mileage up to 15 percent.” Fynes also recommends that tires be suited to the type of road they frequently travel as well as to the season.

Just because a dent is little, doesn’t mean it’s harmless. According to Fynes, in order to protect the exterior of a vehicle, dents that show signs of rust, even a smidge, should be fixed immediately. Regular car washes also will contribute to the lasting quality of a vehicle’s exterior, said Fynes.

To protect the life of a vehicle’s battery, Fynes advises turning off the stereo and headlights when the engine is off, and if the vehicle will be hibernating for the winter, make sure to turn on the engine at least two times a month.

With all the damage being a bad driver causes, it’s definitely worth investing time and work into being a better driver.

News Source: YourMechanic.com