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Driving mistakes that can damage your vehicle

Most new drivers are still struggling to perfect their skills and in the process of doing so, they make certain mistakes that are not only dangerous to their safety, but also to the safety of their cars.  Be careful not to make these mistakes.  We will try to use layman's terms as far as possible.

Not Using the Parking Brake (Handbrake)

Many people normally fail to use the parking brake when they park their cars on a slight incline.  Doing this inserts a lot of pressure on the vehicle's transmission because only the parking pawl in used and often people balance the clutch to stay put on one spot, which wears down the clutch.  But when the parking brake is used, all the driving wheels and the non-drive wheels are locked and thus relieving pressure off the parking pawl.  This increases the life of the car transmission while avoiding damage to the pawl.

Failing to change engine oil

Clean engine oil is essential for the car’s performances as well as the life of the engine.  Many people wait until the car notifies them to change the oil.  At this point, the oil is already used up and is charcoal black.  This can cause serious damage to the engine and make you spend lots of money on maintenance.  It is the recommendation of most manufacturers that you change your engine oil after covering a distance of approximately 5000 kilometers.

Misusing Brakes

Riding the brakes downhill makes the brake pads wear out very fast. When driving downhill, you should not have the habit of stepping and then releasing the brake every now and then.  A car traveling downhill has a lot of momentum and there are several ways to control speed other than riding on the brakes each and every time.

Changing gears without properly stepping in the clutch

Many people change gears while stepping down on the clutch pedal only halfway.  Often times there will be a grinding sound or the gear will struggle to shift.  This is due to the pedal not being stepped down all the way to the floor board to allow the engine to disengage completely.  In the long run, this will cause severe damage to your gears and clutch.

Driving on an almost empty tank

It is recommended that you keep your tank as full as possible because this will save on the life of your fuel pump.  Most people think that driving on low fuel is actually saving them some money.  This is the opposite.  Other than firing up the engine, the fuel is also used to cool the fuel pump.  If there is not enough fuel in the tank, then the pump can get heated up and get damaged.  You will then realize that it is cheaper to keep a reasonable amount of fuel in your tank than to drive below the E when you will be replacing your fuel tank.

As a driver, you also need to take the necessary precautions to ensure that you drive safely and without compromising on the condition of your car.

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