Avoid these top 7 bad driving habits for your car's increased lifespan!

02/04/2019

These bad driving habits can cause more damage to your car and make a pile of rubbish out of your consistent car maintenance activities.

A well-maintained vehicle lasts longer than most vehicles whether it was bought used or brand-new. However, if your well-maintained car is been driven in a manner that affects the longevity of the car, then, all the maintenance could just be for nothing.

In this article Naijacarnews, brings you top 7 driving habits you should totally do away with if you want your car to easily do that 300,000 km and even go beyond it is driven with the utmost care that it deserves. So let's dive in!

1. Parking brakes are not for decoration!

Parking brakes are to ensure that your car wheels are stationary and secured that way. However, because most recent cars really do not need the parking brakes to remain stationary doesn't mean one still shouldn't use it.

The reason is this! The weight of the car is transferred to the parking pawl, this pawl through a small piece of metal in the transmission, it keeps the car from rolling off when parked. The weight can become so much stress on the pawl which on the long run damages the pawl and makes the parking gear not to function once it is worn.

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Because most recent cars really do not need the parking brakes to remain stationary doesn't mean one still shouldn't use it

So always engage the parking brakes when you park your cars and disengage when about to move so you don't damage your brake discs and rotors. This simple thing can make your car's life span increase.

2. Shed the unnecessary weight!

The lighter the better! Yes, this also applies to vehicles, not just cardio enthusiasts who want to shed weight. The reason seems a bit obvious as loads and their corresponding with always excerpts pressure on the car systems like the suspension, the drivetrain, the axles, and other systems.

You don't need to pack so many baseball bats when you're not in a baseball charity group. Carry loads when it's absolutely necessary and shed them the moment you find they are unnecessary. This will certainly save your vehicle for the long haul.

3. The tank is half empty or quarter empty - usually?

The excuse that fuel is expensive is really no excuse. Why is this? The fuel tanks of most recent cars are designed to act as a coolant for these tanks making the tanks last long. However, filling the tank halfway or a quarter way is risking the probability of a heated tank that may result in the wearing away of the tank quickly.

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The fuel tanks of most recent cars are designed to act as a coolant for these tanks making the tanks last long

The wearing of your tank might warrant you to change this component at a far more expensive cost than buying a full tank of fuel. After all, you alone use your fuel, not anyone else.

4. Irregular hard starts and stops!

Many drivers are culpable of hard stars and hard stop especially when the red of the traffic light turns green, it just seems fun to beat everybody to the next red light, and so they press hard on the accelerator.

Doing this will only stress your engine, drivetrain, suspensions, and brakes, as well as guzzling more fuel than normal. Hard starts and hard stops are criteria for the faster wearing of your car parts, making the life of your vehicle short-lived. You should always try to accelerate slowly and bring your car to a stop slowly also. This prolongs the life of your car.

5. Revving up a cold engine

When your engines are still cold, the oils in them are also cold by association and won't lubricate your engines properly. What is good practice is to slowly rev your engine after it's been on for some minutes, to warm the lubrication oils especially in cold weather.

Let your car idle for some minutes after starting it, and then gently rev it to warm up the oil. This will increase the lifespan of your engine tremendously.

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What is good practice is to slowly rev your engine after it's been on for some minutes

6. Too quick to shift to reverse from the drive?

The reverse gear shouldn't be engaged in a hurry especially when the car has not even fully stopped. The reason is that the strain put on the drivetrain in this manner is tantamount to damage on the long run.

Always ascertain that the car is completely in a stopped state before engaging the reverse gear. This will ensure your drivetrain is in good shape for a long time.

7. "Dragging” the brake downhill

If you find yourself on a steep terrain where you need to apply the break often, putting your foot permanently on the brake pedal can cause serious heat to the brake pads causing more stress on the braking system.

Learn to shift your gears to a lower gear say from "D" to "3" or "L" as this reduces your speed automatically due to drivetrain decongestion. This is more effective in maintaining a safe speed and maintains your engine from the wear and tear effects.

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Putting your foot permanently on the brake pedal can cause serious heat to the brake pads causing more stress on the braking system

Final take

The above steps coupled with proper maintenance can really give your car many anniversaries beyond what you can imagine. Naijacarnews advise that you avoid all the bad driving habits mentioned above no matter how tempting they may be. 

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