Five Driving Habits That Can Ruin Your Car

People get defensive about their driving style. Whether they’re the ultra-cautious drivers who stay below the speed limit and triple check before switching lanes or aggressive drivers who weave their way through traffic, everyone thinks they are a good driver. While following road rules is important for the safety of yourself and other drivers, driving well also protects your car from unnecessary wear and tear.

If you find yourself continuously running into car issues and needing auto repair in Delray Beach, you may need to examine your driving habits. If you’re guilty of these five things, they may be ruining your car.

Driving on Empty

We all know the struggle of trying to stretch your gas until the next day. But if you’re regularly driving until your gas light pops on—or even further—it could be doing serious damage to your car.

Beyond risking running out of gas before you can fill up, driving on empty can damage your catalytic converter, an important (and expensive) part of your car’s exhaust system. You also risk getting debris trapped in the fuel tank, which can damage your engine if it gets sucked in while your car tries to get every last bit of gas. A blown engine can cost thousands to replace, on top of rental car costs so you can still get around while your car is in the shop. If you notice your car isn’t performing like it should once you do manage to fill your tank, don’t hesitate to take it in for auto repair in Delray Beach. AutoWorks can efficiently diagnose your problem and give you your options for getting your car back on the road.

Worn Brakes

Waiting too long to start applying the car’s brake, or slamming on it to avoid a collision puts major stress on your car’s braking system. Worn brake pads may skip or fail when you need them the most, leading to a serious car accident. Waiting too long to replace the brake pads may cause the brake rotors to warp, making it difficult to bring your car to a stop. You can also end up snapping the brake line, which may not be apparent until you next attempt to brake. Whatever you do, do not wait until the brakes are grinding. Make sure that at every oil change, you ask the technicians to inspect your car’s brakes. AutoWorks routinely inspects the brakes of any vehicle that comes in for an oil change.

Avoid the dangers of a damaged braking system by getting your vehicle’s brakes checked today with AutoWorks. As an auto shop offering complete car care in Delray Beach, we can help you no matter your brake issues.

Skipping Services

Yes, getting your car serviced regularly can be an inconvenient pain, but it’s important to stay on top of it. Postponing or eliminating your car’s oil change, tires rotated, or other tasks that should be regularly done can be costly. Low fluid levels can cause serious damage to your engine and fuel injection system. Tire rotations helps them to wear evenly, preventing blowouts. If you can’t remember the last time you got your car serviced or you’re planning on taking a major road trip this summer, come in to AutoWorks and let us help you today. Our complete car care in Delray Beach will make sure you’re ready to go no matter your excursion.

Excessive Idling

Do you leave your car running while you’re searching for those coupons, or when waiting for the friend who is never ready on time? Letting your car idle too much can hurt your engine and your wallet. Even if you’re just sitting in a parking spot or your driveway, running your engine uses gas, meaning you need to fill your tank more often. It can also cause wear and tear on your engine’s components, causing them to need replacement sooner than they should. If you have a newer car, it may be equipped with an eco-feature that prevents excessive idling by cutting off your engine if you’re still for more than 10 seconds. Activate it and enjoy your gas savings and the security of knowing your engine is protected. For older cars, be mindful of how long you’re idling and try not to leave the car running if you don’t have to. This helps your engine last longer and take you farther.

Aggressive Acceleration

People think South Florida is all about relaxing and taking things slow—they’re wrong. If you like the fast and furious side of life and think of speed limits as more of a suggestion, be careful: you’re risking more than a hefty ticket. Putting the pedal to the metal puts a strain on your fuel injection system, engine, and other important car components. Fast accelerations waste more gas and stress your transmission, which may cause it breakdown more quickly.

If you know you’re a speed demon, try to be more conscious of how your driving habits affect your car’s performance and longevity. Let AutoWorks help you keep your car in top shape. Contact us now by calling 561-272-7451.