Bad Driving Habits That May Actually Damage Your Car

Bad driving habits—we all have them, and they can do serious damage to your car over time. From speeding to tailgating, bad driving habits are surprisingly common, as many drivers forget what they learned in driving school. However, there are several driving habits that you may want to cut out as soon as possible because they can also be quite bad for your car.

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According to Autoblog, one of the most common bad driving habits among sports car owners is resting your hand on the shifter. You should never put weight on the shifter unless you’re actively changing gears, as this can put unnecessary weight on the transmission’s bushings and synchronizers, wearing them down over time. Keep both hands on the steering when possible, and if you prefer to drive one-handed, rest your elbow on the windowsill.

While you might feel that your vehicle has stopped itself just fine when you put it into park, you should always use the parking brake, even on minor inclines. That’s because the entire weight of your car rests on the parking pawl if you don’t use a parking brake. The pawl is a small piece of metal in the transmission, and it’s not really designed to hold heavy loads. Not using the parking brake can lead to serious transmission failure down the road, so put it on anytime you are not on a flat surface—just remember to disengage it before you start driving again.

Avoid revving the engine when it’s cold. While it can be tempting to warm your car faster, the rapid change in temperature caused by revving a cold engine can crack and damage engine components. In short, just let your car idle for a couple minutes before you hit the accelerator.

The bad habits you break today might be the ones that increase the longevity of your vehicle. If you have service and maintenance needs, bring your vehicle into Gossett VW Porsche and our service experts will get you back on the road quickly and efficiently.

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