Life without a car is almost impossible nowadays. Cars became the first choice for traveling. Usually, most adults own a vehicle or at least have a driving license.
Although people have their driving licenses, it doesn’t mean they do not make mistakes on the road. Some researches show that over 70% of drivers make all kinds of mistakes that are potentially dangerous for them and others on the road.
Here are some common mistakes drivers make that can cause damage and expensive repairs.
1. Holding your hand on the gearbox
Most drivers have a habit of resting their hand on the gear lever. That results in creating unnecessary vibrations of the gear lever, which sends vibrations in and damages the gearbox. If the moving parts of the gearbox are damaged, it could be very expensive.
2. Unnecessary and frequent braking
The brakes are the most important part of the car, which is why you have to take special care of them.
However, if you brake constantly and unnecessarily, it means your brakes will wear out quickly. That is why it is necessary to adjust the driving speed and keep a distance from other vehicles.
3. Strange noises
If you hear creaking or banging, be sure to check what it is. Such sounds usually indicate that a part of the car is malfunctioning or will break down quickly.
Statistics show that the fuel warning light is not taken seriously enough. A total of 25 percent of drivers believe they can drive another 35 miles from the moment the fuel indicator goes on. That is a problem because there is a fuel pump in every fuel tank. The pump sends fuel from the tank to the engine. The fuel pump relies on gasoline in the tank to cool and lubricate. Starting a low fuel vehicle means that the pump will not be greased as it should, and there is a risk of overheating. The pump will fail sooner, and the repair is quite expensive. Driving with a small amount of fuel in the tank can also easily damage the fuel filter.
5. Motor oil and tires
It is important to choose the right motor oil to prevent grinding of the metal surfaces. The correct oil will also decrease gas mileage by up to 2%.
It is well known that back tires wear less than the front tires. Thanks to that knowledge you can save some money by rearranging them, and wearing them evenly.
6. Cold and high RPM are not friends
Although you do not have to wait for the car to reach an operating temperature to drive it, you still need to drive easily and moderately while it is cold. If you immediately start speeding and adding gas, your engine may be damaged as the oil in it has not heated enough that fast.
Without a 195F operating temperature, the engine is not as functional as it should be.
Now you know how you can extend the life of your vehicle and save money!