Bad driving habits can, over time, damage your vehicle. Even new vehicle models can be ruined by poor driving. At the Shay Agency in Wilkes-Barre, PA, we encourage our customers to develop good driving habits that will preserve their vehicle and keep them safe on the road. Here are some poor driving habits that will take a toll on your car.
Dragging your brakes will wear out your brake pads and discs before their time, obligating you to replace these parts at your expense. By putting your vehicle in low gear when going down hills, you’ll only need to apply your brakes sparingly to avoid wear and tear.
Overloading Your Vehicle
It’s tempting to overload a vehicle, especially when going on vacation as there’s so much you want to carry. Overloading your vehicle, however, can put a strain on your suspension, drivetrain, and brakes. Review your manual to see how much your vehicle can carry safely. Then try to stay within this limit to protect your car.
Not Slowing Down for Speed Bumps/Hitting Potholes
Hitting an occasional pothole is one thing. If you’re in the habit of going over potholes consistently due to distracted or careless driving, you risk ruining your tires, getting your steering system out of alignment or damaging your suspension. Not slowing down for speed bumps can hurt the front, rear and underside of your car, particularly your exhaust system.
Slamming on Brakes
Sudden braking is sometimes necessary for emergency situations. If you’re consistently slamming on the brakes, however, you’ll wear out the pads and discs much faster than normal. You’ll also consume more fuel.
Good driving habits can protect you and your vehicle as well as save you money on your auto insurance costs. For more information on quality auto insurance coverage at affordable costs, contact The Shay Agency in Wilkes-Barre, PA.