5 Bad Habits That Are Damaging Your Car

Often times, people are doing things every single day that is hurting their car. This can result in increased the need for maintenance, wasting fuel, and eventually, a car that doesn’t work. Keep reading to make sure your everyday habits aren’t damaging your car.

1. Quick acceleration and braking

Sudden acceleration might seem cool, but it results in more fuel consumption. On the other hand, hard stopping not only uses more gas, but it also puts a large amount of stress on the braking system. It also wears out the rotors and brake pads much quicker.

Save on gas and maintenance on your car by avoid sudden start and stopping.

Save on gas and maintenance on your car by avoid sudden start and stopping.

2. Riding the brakes

This puts you at risk for total brake failure. Any time you put pressure on the brake pedal, it puts the pad in contact with the rotor which creates friction. Riding your brakes keeps the contact and friction which can lead to so much heat that the brake fluid starts to boil. Eventually, the heat and stress can cause permanent damage to components; such as warping the rotor.

 

Avoid riding your brakes. You're risking brake failure or a warped rotor.

Avoid riding your brakes. You're risking brake failure or a warped rotor.

3. Never using the parking break

When you park your car on a hill without using your parking brake, all of the weight of the car is resting on the transmission. Instead, try shifting your car to neutral, pulling the parking brake, then shift the transmission into park. This will ensure that the whole car isn’t just relying on the transmission.

4. Carrying unnecessary items in your car

We all know those people who practically live out of their car and keep their entire wardrobe in there. What many people may not know is that this makes your car work harder. The more things you carry around in your car, the heavier it is. In result, more fuel is consumed and faster wear and tear.

5. Driving your car when it’s low on gas

Fuel gauges are not always accurate. It’s meant to be used as an estimate. When you drive on low fuel, you are risking getting stranded or in an accident if the car suddenly stops because it’s completely out of gas. Driving on low fuel can also allow the car’s fuel-pump to suck in air and heat up. The heat causes more wear and stress on the pump which can result in problems or complete failure.

Don't cause extra wear and tear on your car. Fill up before your gas light turns on!

Don't cause extra wear and tear on your car. Fill up before your gas light turns on!

There are many things that we do in our daily routine and the way we drive that can result in damages on our cars. For more helpful articles and tips, check out HERO’s blog section.