Experienced drivers will know that everything you do in and with your car affects how it drives, how its components wear and how much fuel it consumes. But while we all know that being a leadfoot or taking the corners a bit too sharply isn’t too great for your vehicle, many don’t know that there’s more to it than that, and even more aren’t certain how exactly these patterns of behaviour affect your vehicle’s mechanics.
Fortunately, the A Grade Automotive Network is here to make it simple. In this blog, we’ll spell out a few easy changes you can make to your driving style that can extend the longevity of some crucial – and expensive to replace – components while also making your commute all the more comfortable and affordable. Read on and learn how to be a better driver for your car.
Wearing & tearing
Leaning too heavily on either the brakes or the accelerator can have dire consequences for your car. Everything from the brakes to the tyres to the suspension is at risk of accelerated deterioration because of poor driving habits. Making your tyres squeal – either through accelerating or braking too quickly – can lead to increased wear on the treads, lengthening your stopping distance and affecting your ability to turn corners smoothly. Speaking of cornering, turning too sharply will result in uneven wear patterns on your tyres, causing a potentially dangerous loss of traction on wet or rough surfaces.
Just like an athlete, the harder you work your car the more it needs to consume to maintain its speed. Aggressive driving – taking off suddenly and slamming on the brakes – can dramatically increase fuel consumption, with some mechanics estimating an increase of 40 per cent over more conservative driving styles. You could be spending significantly less at the pump each time you fill up by giving your car more time to respond to changing traffic conditions.
The smarter way to drive
All in all, the best way to operate your car is taking each action slowly, smoothly and with plenty of notice. Crunching through gears and stomping on pedals will only damage your car’s internals and your budget, so anticipating changing conditions and minimising how much your car has to work will go a long way to saving you money. Look for opportunities to make the road work for you – instead of using the brakes, make sure you’re spotting slowing traffic before you get there and simply letting the car slow down through gravity braking.
If you are noticing a bit of wear and tear in your car, take it to the people who know vehicles best and speak to your local AGAN member business.