The longer you drive a car, the more habits you learn from driving. Unfortunately, those habits are not all positive ones. In addition, the more experienced you get, the more difficult it is to break them up.
We agreed at King Road Autos Repairing Dubai to compile examples of unwise driving behavior. This article will hopefully help you escape risky situations and excessive costs!
1. Resting your hand on the gear stick
When driving, many individuals have the habit of putting their hand on the gear stick. For many reasons, this shouldn’t be done, the most obvious being that you need both hands to steer. Another harmful effect is that it transforms into a kind of cocktail shaker with such limited, but steady, pressure on the gearbox, displacing synchronizers and gears. This, in fact, adds to issues with changing gears.
2. Refueling only if the tank is almost empty
Mechanical impurities collect in the fuel tank and sediment forms at the bottom while the vehicle is not in operation. The dirt enters the fuel pump and the philters, resulting in damage. Be sure to always leave the tank at least half-filled with fuel during the winter months to prevent large quantities of condensate from developing. The presence of water in the fuel tank will lead to its deformation and other issues in freezing conditions.
3. Frequent Braking
“Keep your distance and blend with the traffic.” In driving classes, this is what they teach you. But if you keep braking excessively, for regular brake pad and disc replacements, you’d better set aside a hefty amount. Remember to change the brake hoses promptly and keep your eye on the level of brake fluid to prevent unfortunate accidents.
4. Ignoring Suspicious Sounds
A failure can be demonstrated by slight creaking sounds and other unexpected noises. These signs appear to be overlooked by many drivers, and their vehicles frequently break down in the middle of the road as a result.
Be sure to run proper diagnostics to locate the problem and deal with it in time if your car begins emitting unnatural sounds.
5. Neglecting to use the hand brake
The whole load falls on the lock gear of the gearbox output shaft when you park a car with an automatic transmission on a hill. To park on an incline successfully, hold the foot brake and change to “park.” Then pull the hand brake and release the brake only slowly.
6. Running a cold engine at high revs
There’s no need for most modern engines to warm up. But it is worth noting that one should not operate the engine at more than 2,000 revs until the gauge indicates operating temperature. It is advisable to keep the engine going for 1-2 minutes prior to pulling away in freezing weather.
7. Keeping your foot on the brake while driving downhill
When driving downhill, many motorists appear to keep their foot on the brake pedal in order to be ready at any moment to brake. This leads to overheating of the brake system and wearing out of the brake pads and discs. Shifting to a lower gear and triggering engine braking is the right thing to do.