Owning a car is pretty common nowadays thanks to how accessible and easy it is to finance one. However, it seems like very few drivers on the road know how to actually drive, and even fewer know how to manage their vehicles properly. Good driving habits can be taught, but bad ones can be hard to shake especially if you aren’t taught correctly. Don’t be surprised when you see someone in an electric VW brake suddenly in front of you because they aren’t used to regenerative braking, and don’t be surprised when the owner of that fancy Lamborghini a few cars ahead of you stalls because the driver has more money than driving sense.
So without further ado, here are a couple of bad driving habits that you probably haven’t shaken free of yet, and what you can do to prevent them from becoming a major issue.
Neglecting Tire Management
Unless you want to replace your tires on a regular basis, you’ll want to start making it a habit to check your tires on a regular basis. The best way to do this is to get a tire pressure gauge, but a tire pressure monitoring system will be even better. Why do I need a TPMS? Because it’s arguably the quickest, most accurate and effective way to extend the life of your tire. It ultimately reduces the risks associated with driving with imbalanced tire pressure, and that helps to improve your fuel efficiency. Though it might seem like a costly investment, it is a durable and smart purchase that will save you a lot of money down the road on tire replacements.
Assuming What Other Drivers Think
Always assume other drivers are blind, stupid and don’t know how to drive. If you instantly assume that another driver will act how you want in your head, then it could lead to accidents and crashes that could cost more than just car repair fees. When driving in high-speed situations, always indicate when to plan to switch lanes even if it’s obvious and you’re feeling a little lazy. Not only is it lazy and annoying, it can be very dangerous because the driver behind you won’t have a visual indication (your blinker) to alert them. Another good example is when you’re trying to park somewhere on a tight road. If you instantly stop and don’t indicate or show your intentions to reverse into a spot, the driver behind you might stop way too close and make it hard for you to back up.
Running On Fumes
It’s understandable that you want to be frugal and save money, but that doesn’t mean you should be running your vehicle on an empty tank. If you’re going to fill up the tank, fill it up at least halfway so that you don’t stress out the fuel pump and wear it down. This can lead to frustrating complications in the future and become a costly issue to fix if neglected. Don’t make a bad habit of filling up the tank a little, invest a bit more money so you don’t end up paying more down the road for repairs.