Breaking your bad driving habits

May 28, 2019

Habits might be hard to break as some bad driving habits feel like second nature, though these specific bad habits could result in costing you unnecessary amounts of money when it comes to your car expenses. And of course there is the fact that it's true that if you're found to be at guilty in a collision because of any of these horrid habits it can hurt your driving record as well as your insurance rates. But more importantly, concerning safety, these put you and others on the road in harm’s way.

 

These are hardly the only bad habits out there, though they are definitely ones worth looking at and making some significant changes.

 

  • Texting/using your phone while driving.

  • Wearing headphones while driving

  • Doing makeup while driving 

  • Eating while driving 

 

These particular habits named above, are habits that prevent you from having both of your hands on the steering wheel. They hinder your senses and distracts you from giving your full attention to what is going on around you.

 

Here are some more in detail bad habits that could damage your car:

 

Riding the clutch

 

A lot of stick shift drivers are guilty of riding the clutch. For a lot of people it is tempting at a stoplight to keep the clutch engaged to enable a quick getaway. Although, doing this will risks wearing of the clutch prematurely. Avoid clutch failure, and put the car in neutral when you have to stop for more than a few seconds and then let the clutch out.

 

Riding the brakes

 

Keeping your foot on the brake pedal is very bad for your braking system. Tapping your foot on the brake pedal causes heat build-up. Excessive braking could increase the risk that your brakes could overheat or warp, this will then cause premature wear of the pads and rotors. When you’re going down a hill, try downshifting to remain at a safe speed instead of riding on your brakes.

 

Driving on fumes

 

This is not good for your car. Get into the habit of driving with the gas tank at least ¼ full, to avoid problems. Your fuel pump sends the fuel from your tank to your engine, so the fuel in the tank helps to keep the pump cool and lubricated. Driving with a tank that’s nearly empty can cause the fuel pump to generate excess heat and suffer premature failure.

 

Here are a few more to look at. Things like not looking in your blind spot and failing to signal also pose risky problems.

 

Let’s turn from our bad habits and be more conscious about road safety as well as the damage that’s at risk with our vehicles.

 

 

 

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