Experienced drivers often get lax in their driving habits. While many remain careful drivers, you still may pick up bad habits here and there that not only damage your vehicle but also take a toll on your expenses. Bad driving habits can wear out OEM parts on the car, which means you have to replace parts or take risks as you drive. No matter your experience level, watch out for these bad habits when you get behind the wheel.
Not Enough Fuel
Of course, gas prices have made it very difficult for many people to keep a full tank of gas these days. However, you still do not want to end up running your car when it is close to empty. This allows sediment from the gas to settle at the bottom of the gas tank, which means you end up using dirty gas that gets into the vehicle's fuel line and engine. This eventually takes a toll on the vehicle, particularly the engine. It also shortens the life span of the fuel filter. When this dirt builds up, you actually have to flush the entire fuel system, which comes with a cost.
Mistreating the Engine
While you may like the sound of the engine revving, you may not like the toll this unnecessary action takes on the engine. Revving the engine actually puts more stress and strain on the engine. While you should never rev the engine, you should especially avoid this action when your engine is cold and all the oil still sits in the bottom of the oil pan. At this point, none of the engine's parts have been lubricated, which means you can damage the engine. The costs to flush or replace a fuel system may be a few hundred dollars, but repairing damage to an engine can cost you thousands of dollars.
Stopping and Starting Too Quickly
You may want to rethink the way you drive when you find yourself suddenly stopping quickly when you just could not make that light. Accelerating and decelerating too quickly also puts undo strain on the engine. Furthermore, flooring the gas pedal not only strains the engine but also makes you use gas more quickly. Hitting the brakes too fast puts stress on the vehicle's brakes, so you shorten their life span. So in addition to the engine maintenance, you also have to spend money to maintain or replace your brake parts.
Of course, there are some instances in which you will not be able to avoid starting and stopping, especially if you frequently drive in a city with lots of traffic. However, it helps if you become a more aware driver and try to anticipate starts and stops whenever possible. Get into the habit of driving smoothly to preserve your engine and breaks. If you have had a habit of revving your engine, try to break yourself of it since it serves no purpose, practical or otherwise. Also, avoid driving when you do not have enough gas in the tank.