8 driving habits that KILL your car

8 driving habits that KILL your car

Many motorists damage their cars without even knowing what they are doing so.  It’s all due to their driving habits. Although some of them may look innocent they do adversely affect your car’s lifespan. In accordance with consumers report the average lifespan of today’s cars is about eight to ten years or 150,000 miles but It can be longer if you’ll rid off some bad driving habits listed below. 

1. Overloading your vehicle

Carrying extra weight will reduce your car’s lifespan as the greater the load, the more strain you’re placing on the brakes, suspension and drivetrain.  It will also affect your car’s fuel economy and possibly your car’s emissions output.

2. Braking harshly

Fuel consumption increases when braking harshly as you have to accelerate each time after the speed has dropped whereas the faster you go the easier for the engine to run because lower revolutions mean lower fuel consumption. Harsh braking will also damage your tires as well as wear out your brakes and suspension faster.

3. Being too high on gear

You might think you’re saving fuel by keeping the engine revolutions low but being in too high gear at too low speed, creates unnecessary strain on the engine and can damage your cylinder heads, leading to costly repairs. On the contrary, using a low gear that has the engine screaming is going to cause unnecessary wear and tear, too.

4. Resting your hand on a gear lever

Despite the gearbox manufactured from hardened steel, it can deal with only normal forces applied by an individual during the average gear change. Just remember you shortening its life when resting your hand on the gear lever. 

5. Resting your foot on clutch pedal

Even though you “believe” having your foot there makes no harm to your clutch, it can cause the clutch release bearing to be in contact with the clutch cover and creating friction that over time, will lead to noise and failure of the clutch, which is an expensive repair.

6. Running low on fuel

Running out of fuel can actually damage your car. For instance, if you run out of petrol, your fuel pump can suck in the tiny particles that settle at the bottom, whilst your car is trying to grab every last bit of fuel it can. Just get into a habit of filling up whenever your fuel gauge reaches the quarter mark, and you’ll avoid costly repairs.

7. Ignoring warning lights

Dashboard warning lights are like alarm bells that alert you of something, therefore, you must take precaution as fast as you can. Some lights such as ‘washer fluid’ or ‘bulb gone’ can be ignored until you get a chance to stop, but others need to be investigated at the earliest opportunity.

8. Delaying scheduled maintenance

Most of the car breakdowns that happen on the road are often due to ignorance of car drivers on regular car maintenance. It is therefore pretty clear that you should not overlook the importance of regular car service as it may not only hit your wallet hard but also lead to a disaster on the road. 

Always be alert, however, if despite the safety measures the worst had happened and you or your loved ones have been involved in a car accident, experiencing shock and sustaining an injury as a result, filing a  “No Win – No Fee” compensation claim may help to recover! 

You can claim for:

  • Pain and suffering 
  • Loss of your wages
  • Future loss of earnings
  • Medical expenses incurred
  • Vehicle damage or total loss
  • Damaged clothing or other items
  • Travel costs, including hire of another car
  • Assistance received from the family or friends
  • Additional equipment you had to buy due to your injuries


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