Buying and owning a car, let’s be honest; it’s expensive. It’s probably one of the most expensive things you’ll have to deal with. That’s due to all of the taxes, the insurance, and other fees you have to regularly deal with. Oh, and the gas. The gas. Definitely the big monster when it comes to cost.
But there are certain things we can do to help cut costs, and stop us from having to visit our local EBC Brakes so often.
These are not those things. These are the common mistakes that cost people cash when owning a car. Well, a few of them.
Holding the brakes while going downhill
Holding the brakes while you’re going down an incline is good for not going too fast, but that leads to additional wear and tear for your brakes. More wear and tear on the brakes means more visits to your closest EBC Brakes store to get replacements or repairs. Best thing to do when going down an incline is to shift down, putting your car in the first few gears in order to have it take the most of the effort slowing the machine down.
Accelerating hard in a high gear
There’s a reason most race car drivers think the most stressful part (on the part of the car) are the long straights where they reach high speeds. This is because high revs at high gears burn more fuel (that costs money, FYI), and also causes added strain to the engine. Mechanics, as a result, generally recommend keeping your vehicle at a low RPM.
More weight means more effort needed by the engine to move the car. Simple physics. Every car has a max weight, denoted in its owner manual, and its best top stick to that. Overloading puts additional strain on the brakes, suspension system, as well as your drivetrain, on top of hampering your vehicle’s fuel economy.
Ignoring warning lights
A common mistake, this one, but one that can really cost a pretty penny. Seriously, it’s common sense; if something’s wrong with your car, best thing to do is get it checked out. In case you haven’t done so, do read your owner’s manual so you know what those lights mean.