If you’ve got a car, one thing that’s sure to happen is wear and tear – the more you use the vehicle, the more wear and tear there’s going to be. That means your car won’t be worth as much as you paid for it by the time you come to sell it (even in the first year it can lose as much as 20 percent of its value), but more than that, it can mean that serious damage gets done. As we’ve said, wear and tear is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it can’t lead to some big problems down the road.

The thing you and other drivers might not realize is that your driving habits and common things that you do could be what’s causing more wear and tear and more damage, but luckily once you know what these things are, you can make changes and ensure they stop happening. With that in mind, keep reading to find out if you could be damaging your car without even knowing it.

Forgetting Your Tires

Although you might not think about your tires very much, they’re actually a hugely important part of your car, and they’re what keep everything moving along safely on the road, so it’s not a good idea to forget about them. You’ll need to check them on a regular basis because if you’re driving around on bald tires (or even tires that are close to the legal limit), you could be putting yourself and your passengers in danger – there just won’t be enough grip to keep you on the road.

It’s also a good idea to check the alignment of your tires on a regular basis; if they’re out of alignment, they’ll wear down unevenly – and faster. That means your tires aren’t going to last as long, plus it’s bad for your fuel efficiency. If you need to replace your tires, make sure you’re getting the right ones – the tires for a Jaguar Land Rover are very different compared to the tires on a Mini, for example.

Braking Harshly

Something else that can definitely cause damage to your car but that you might do almost without thinking is breaking too harshly. Of course, sometimes you really do have to slam on the brakes if something happens on the road in front of you, like an accident or an animal or person running into the road, but that should be the exception, not the rule. Generally, it’s far better to be more gentle with your braking as that will help them last longer and keep you safer in the car.

If you use your brakes too heavily, it’s going to mean the pads wear out and you’ll have to replace them sooner – and that’s not always a cheap thing to do. Plus, it means your car won’t be usable for a short while, which can certainly be inconvenient.

Not Changing Your Oil

When was the last time you changed your oil? Maybe you do it as a matter of course on a regular basis, and that’s great, but maybe you never even think about it and actually forget there’s oil in your car in the first place – that’s what most drivers do.

The oil is actually very important as it keeps all the moving parts lubricated, so running out of oil or using oil that hasn’t been changed for years isn’t good for the car – it can even cause damage. Make sure you get your oil changed regularly to keep things moving smoothly.

Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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