5 bad habits that can shorten the lifespan of your car

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The long lifespan of cars is not necessarily due to certain brands, but rather, the driving habits of car owners. There are several minute things you're doing that could hurt your car unintentionally, or worse still, its resale value. If you want to boost the longevity of your car, read on to find out the 5 bad driving habits that you should break!


1. Running on near empty fuel tank.

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With the prices of petrol rising in Singapore, some drivers feel the pain in their heart when they have to fill up their fuel tank. But it could cost you even more if you drive on a low tank continuously! Damage to your car can occur because fuel acts as a coolant for the fuel pump motor. When fuel runs low, the pump will suck in air instead, creating heat and will wear out the fuel pump prematurely. So, as a general rule of thumb, never let your fuel tank go below ¼ at all times!


2. Using the shift lever as your hand rest.

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It feels natural to rest one hand on the steering wheel and another on the shifter. But you probably don't know that you're actually putting excess weight on the sliders within your car's transmission, causing premature wear and tear. So it's best to put both your hands on the steering wheel while driving.


3. Overloading your car.

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Driving around unnecessary weight not only puts extra stress on your car's components, but also compromises your ability to steer, handle and brake the car. Overloaded cars overheat and wear out the tyres rapidly which can cause potential failures. Your fuel costs will also increase due to the excess weight. Simply clean out all the unnecessary junk in your car and store only the essential items that you need.

See also: 9 essential things you should have in your car


4. Shift to Drive or Reverse before coming to a complete stop.

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If you're driving an automatic car, always ensure that you come to a complete stop before shifting to D or R and vice versa. Or else, you're using this set of gears to work as your brakes which can damage your transmission and drive shafts over time!


5. Sudden acceleration and braking.

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This might sound like a no-brainer, but there are still many drivers on the road who engage in such a behaviour! Rapid acceleration takes a large toll on fuel consumption and slamming on your brake pedal regularly wears out the tyres. Always keep in mind the two-second rule when driving in normal conditions to maintain a safe following distance. Double the rule to six seconds when driving at night or in heavy traffic, while the nine-second rule applies during poor weather.


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1 Comment

Raymond Goh

Good Tip

Like Reply 12 months ago


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