Here at Discount Tire, we can fix your car, but we also want to help you prevent damage in the first place. When drivers engage in these bad habits, they unknowingly damage their vehicles, and increase the likelihood of a break-down. So, if you have any of these 5 driving habits, today is a great day to change!
Bad Driving Habit #1: Sudden Starting & Stopping
This one might seem obvious, but you’d be shocked at how many people do this. Often referred to as ‘lead foot syndrome’, slamming hard on the brakes or the accelerator is a bad habit for a number of reasons. Not only does it waste gas (which is bad for the environment), but it could lead to serious damage to your vehicle. It is unsafe, so you’re more likely to end up in an accident, and it also puts unnecessary stress on your brakes, causing the brake pads to wear down faster. Unless out of necessity, avoid hard stops or starts.
Bad Driving Habit #2: Riding the Brakes
When you are driving down a hill, do you find yourself leaving your foot on the brake, riding it the whole way down the hill? Although you do this out of a desire to drive slow and safe, this is actually quite bad for your brakes. The high amount of friction turns into heat and can lead to overheating and brake failure. The alternative is to put your vehicle into a lower gear that only requires you to brake occasionally. The lower gear will create engine braking and take stress off your brakes.
Bad Driving Habit #3: Riding the Clutch
For those of you who drive a manual transmission car, you need to be extra careful that you don’t ride the clutch. Even the slightest amount of pressure on the clutch pedal can activate the hydraulics and pull the pressure plate away from the flywheel slightly. This leads to unnecessary friction and heat, resulting in premature damage. Don’t leave your foot on the clutch – whether you are stopped at a red light or cruising down the highway.
Bad Driving Habit #4: Resting Your Hand on the Shift Lever
You might do this one without even thinking about it. Leaving your hand on the shifter puts pressure on the transmission’s bushings and synchronizers. Pay attention and you will feel a vibration in the shift lever when you do this. You are ruining your transmission when you do this, which is definitely not worth the cool ‘Fast and Furious’ feeling you get when you leave your hand on the shift lever.
Bad Driving Habit #5: Neglecting to Use the Parking Brake
Super steep hills are not the only places where you should use your parking brake. Really it would’t hurt to always use your parking brake when you are parked. Without the parking brake, all of the vehicle’s weight rests on a small piece of metal known as the parking pawl. You can extend the life of your parking pawl by using your parking brake!
As we start a new year, we hope that you can get rid of the bad habits and stick to the good ones! And remember, Discount Tire is here for all of your automotive and tire needs here in Cache Valley, UT!