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.

Tips on How to Drive in the Rain

Driving in the spring means that, occasionally, you’ll have to drive in the rain. Wet roads can lead to a number of potential hazards, which is why we here at Gossett VW Porsche want to provide you with some tips on how to drive in the rain safely.

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Keep an eye out for hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when your vehicle gets more traction on the water covering the road than the road itself, which causes your vehicle to begin sliding. If this occurs, remember to slowly take your foot off the gas pedal and steer in a straight line to help regain control of your car.

 

Keep cruise control off. Cruise control is a fantastic feature to have when the roads are dry, but it can actually make you at more risk for hydroplaning. Keep cruise control off on wet roads, because when it’s on, if you do hydroplane your car will actually try to go faster.

 

Increase your following distance. When roads are wet, it can be difficult to stop on a dime, so give yourself plenty of time to react to traffic by adding one or two seconds to your following distance when you’re behind another car.

 

Turn on your headlights. Many people forget that all states require you to turn on your headlights if your windshield wipers are on – even if it’s a sunny rainstorm. When visibility is low, you want to make sure that you can see everything around you more easily and that others can see you, too, so lights on!

 

The rains are coming, so make sure to keep these tips in mind in the coming months. Stay safe out there!