The MyGuy Automotive experts offer some great driving tips and habits.
Learn how to prevent an expensive car repair bill.
Most things you own will last longer if you take care of them and treat
them well. Your car is no exception to this rule. While neglecting your
car may seem harmless in the short term, regular neglect and mistreatment
will add up and will reduce your car’s lifespan. To keep your car
running longer and stronger, avoid these five harmful habits.
1. Delaying regular maintenance
Regularly maintaining your car is vital to your car’s longevity.
Regular maintenance, according to the experts, should include:
- oil and filter replacement
- transmission fluid
- air filter
brake pad care
Every vehicle manufacturer specifies a different maintenance routine, which
can be found in your owner’s manual. We all tend to have very busy
schedules, but the experts suggest that you take the time to have your
car checked out routinely. It is a small investment of time and money,
but it can save you tons of headaches and expenses later down the road,
with the cost of a new engine or transmission.
2. Ignoring dash warning lights
If you have an illuminated warning indicator light on your dash panel,
it’s important to address the problem immediately. If you don’t
know what the light means, check your owner’s manual or call your
mechanic. Dash warning lights can alert you to some very serious problems such as:
leak- which can cause your engine to overheat. A simple preventative
repair can often prevent a large problem down the line.
3. Shifting while moving
The transmission is one of the most complex and expensive parts in your
car and it’s important to use is as it was intended. Be careful
not to shift from drive to reverse or vice versa while the car is still
moving. This “jerky” shifting places excess strain on the
transmission’s internal gears and can instantly destroy it.
4. Jerky driving
We all know someone who accelerates wildly on every straightaway only to
brake hard at a
traffic light or stop sign. This type of driving won’t destroy your car
immediately, but will cause your engine, transmission and to deteriorate
much more quickly than intended. Cars that have been abused will have
premature fluid leaks, broken seals and mechanical problems.
5. Putting off tire replacement
Tires for some cars can be expensive, so replacing them is an unwelcome
cost. Driving on bald tires is very risky, however.
- If a tire blows out while you’re driving, you can lose control of
your vehicle and have a serious accident.
- Driving with bald tires in the rain, the risk of hydroplaning goes up tremendously.
A new set of tires may seem pricey, but probably costs less than your car,
and even less than your