5 Habits to Avoid with your Vehicle
Keeping your vehicle in proper working order is important. Remember to bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. 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.
Delaying regular maintenance
Regularly maintaining your car is vital to your car’s longevity. Regular maintenance includes oil and filter replacement, as well as transmission fluid, air filter and brake pad care. Every vehicle manufacturer specifies a different maintenance routine, which can be found in your owner’s manual.
Shifting while moving
The transmission is one of the most complex and expensive parts in your car and it is 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.
Ignoring warning lights
When a warning indicator lights up on your dash panel, it is important to address the problem immediately. If you do not know what the light means, check your owner’s manual or call us. Dashboard warning lights can alert you to some very serious problems, such as a coolant leak, which can cause your engine to overheat. A simple preventative repair can often prevent a large problem down the line.
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 will not destroy your car immediately, but will cause your engine, transmission and brake system to deteriorate much more quickly than intended. Cars that have been abused will have premature fluid leaks, broken seals, and mechanical problems.
Ignoring the Tires
Driving on bald tires is very risky. If a tire blows out while you are driving, you can lose control of your vehicle and have a serious accident. If you drive with bald tires in the rain, the risk of hydroplaning goes up tremendously. Also inspect the tires regularly for air pressure. If you notice an issue with the tires, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.