If one were to consider the major long-term investments that a person would make in his life, buying a new car will rank up alongside education and purchasing a home. By providing proper care and by scheduling regular maintenance checks, one can significantly increase the lifespan of any given vehicle. If you are someone who already has a meticulous maintenance routine in place but is still suffering due to the car's poor performance, then your day-to-day driving habits may be the cause for your vehicle’s dip in performance. Here we list some of the bad driving habits commonly seen among drivers:
Do Not Run on a Depleted Gas Tank
Most of us have been in a situation where putting 10 AED in the gas tank is the best we could do at that time. However, what most drivers do not realize is that driving your vehicle with a nearly-empty fuel tank can cause permanent damage to its fuel system. While running on empty, the car will try to draw fuel from its bottom, which is where all the sediments present within the gasoline settle. These sediments can not only clog the fuel filter, but at times it can get into your engine and cause real damage. Whether it be your car or a rental one, always try to keep your tank at least half full before you set out for the day.
Do Not Rev the Engine Before its Warm
It goes without saying, revving can put unnecessary strain on your vehicle’s engine. However, doing so when the engine is still cold can cause significant long-term damage. When a car is started initially, the oil is still cool and down in the oil pan. It will take some time for the oil to come up and lubricate all the metal parts in your car that moves when you rev the engine. Upon starting your vehicle, wait for a good 2-3 minutes before easing your vehicle into drive or reverse.
Slow Down for Speed Bumps and Potholes
Now in a country such as the UAE that boasts advanced on-road infrastructure, you will not find many potholes. However, speed bumps are plenty, and you should always slow down your vehicle when you see one. If you drive through these at the same speed, it can cause damage to your vehicle’s suspension and shocks, and as such, the vehicle’s overall lifespan can be significantly cut short. Additionally, not slowing at speed bumps can also damage your exhaust system as it hangs lower and risks hitting the bump.
Check Your Tires Regularly
Ask anyone who owns a car, and they’ll point out tires as one of the most parts in the vehicle. However, despite its importance, it is also one of the most neglected sections. If you are a car owner, you should make it a habit to check on its tires as you would check its oil. One of the most common mistakes that drivers make is that they drive on underinflated tires. For one, a vehicle will not respond as it should when the tires are not inflated correctly, and secondly, it can significantly lower its gas mileage. In addition to checking on the tires regularly, drivers should also make it a habit to rotate them at least twice a year to avoid uneven wear.