We are all guilty of developing certain habits when driving a vehicle, and as harmless as they may seem to you, your driving habits could be doing more damage to your car than you might be aware of.
With thousands of drivers in the UK unaware of this, we thought we’d shed some light on the top 5 bad driving habits that might be damaging your car.
Hand on the Gear Knob
You might think this is only a minor habit that doesn’t have much of an impact on your car but it can in fact have a lasting effect on your gearbox if you continue to do it over a long period of time.
The gearstick you rest your hand on is attached to a rod in the transmission which has a number of selector forks. The selector forks then make contact with the spinning gears, but they only designed to make contact for short time.
So, rest your hand on the gear stick and you will force the selector fork to make unwanted contact with the rotating collar and therefore unnecessary wear.
Driving on the Fuel Light for Too Long
If you’re guilty of driving your vehicle on the fuel for too long and running it as low of you dare risk you probably aren’t aware of the damage you are doing to your engine in doing this.
Over time your fuel tank picks up things like rust, grime and dirt which end up lurking at the bottom. When your fuel gets low your vehicle is more likely to suck up the dirt and grime along with your last few litres of fuel – in turn, this can then lead to damage of your fuel pump and other areas of the engine as the dirt will wear against these parts.
Driving Your Car in a High Gear at Low Speed
Lots of drivers do this in an attempt to be more economical and efficient in their fuel consumption.
As much as they are right in doing that, keeping your engine at low revs in a high gear (also known as ‘lugging’) causes strain on your engine which will harm your cylinder heads and ultimately lead to a costly service.
Keeping your vehicle up to date with its service calendar is an important part of ownership. When you delay a service it leads to any existing problems building up for longer than necessary and then causing more problems further down the line.
A consistent service history also looks good to any potential buyers when you eventually come to sell the car!
Overlooking Warning Lights
Similarly to the above, your warning lights are there for a reason, so if your vehicle’s on-board computer has decided to flash a warning light at, there’s a good reason for it.
Ignore your warning lights and you will more than likely regret it further down the line when you are broken down and on the phone to the AA.
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