6 Ways Your Driving Habits are Hurting Your Car
Better Driving Means a Longer Lasting Vehicle
We all make mistakes behind the wheel. Sometimes they’re not that big of a deal (squealed the tires a bit), and sometimes they are (over corrected and went into the ditch). Those mistakes are generally one-time deals, and you feel foolish but take care not to do them again. But then there are driving habits.
Our driving habits are just those little quirks that we do without even knowing what we’re doing. It’s more than tapping the steering wheel while driving; it’s things that we do that could potentially damage the vehicle.
Here at Big Sky Collision Center we want to ensure that you’re driving a safe vehicle. So make sure you’re not ruining your vehicle with these 6 bad driving habits.
Failure to Use Parking Brake
Most people see the parking brake as unnecessary unless you have a manual transmission. And in Billings, where most of the streets are pretty flat, you don’t need to worry about it. But if you’re on a hill, you should be setting that brake so the entire weight of your vehicle doesn’t rest on a small part of your transmission. It’s not so much that it will fail and your vehicle will roll away, it’s more that your transmission will wear out faster.
Extra “Stuff” in the Vehicle
We need to carry “things” with us. We should have an emergency kit in the trunk, and we’d be foolish to go without a spare tire. But when you have trash in the car, or extra things in the trunk, you’re doing yourself a disservice. That trash can become a hazard and get in the way if you have to act quickly, and the stuff in your vehicle weighs it down. You’ll use more gas, and you’ll wear the engine out faster carrying it all.
Overuse of the Brakes
Braking is necessary. But riding the brakes, even just slight pressure, causes them to heat up tremendously. They’re already getting red hot when you use them appropriately. Overuse of the brakes can cause unnecessary heat, which in turn can cause rotors to warp and brakes that need replaced sooner. Worst case is that they’ll fail when you really need them.
Running out of Gas
Older vehicles had more of a problem with condensation in the gas tank; that’s not a huge issue anymore. But running out of gas can still suck air into parts of the vehicle that aren’t suppose to have air in them. If all you can afford is $10 at a time, keep the $10 at the top of the tank. Meaning, don’t put gas in when you hit empty, but rather when you hit three quarters of a tank.
Accelerating, or Braking, Rapidly
Sometimes you have to slam on your brakes to avoid a child, animal, or other vehicle. Sometimes you have to speed away quickly in order to avoid being overtaken by tiger that has escaped from the zoo. But for the most part your vehicle will last longer, and you’ll be safer, if you accelerate and brake in a nice smooth fashion.
Ignoring Noises and Lights
It’s easier to turn the radio up and ignore the noises when they occur. Or to put a piece of tape over that warning light. But unlike your annoying nephew, the problem won’t go away if you pretend it’s not there. Get issues fixed before they cause serious problems, or lead to a safety hazard.
Bring Wrecked Vehicles to Big Sky Collision Center
Here at Big Sky Collision we want to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your vehicle. If it is dented, dinged, damaged, dirty, or some other word that starts with “D” we will fix it to factory safety standards. As the best auto body shop in Billings, we know what it takes to do the repairs the right way.