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Don’t buy a car and wreck it

Can you show me someone who admits to being a rotten driver?

No, of course you can’t.

That’s because all of us think we’re God’s gift to the road.

It’s the other idiots who haven’t got a clue.

Well, unwittingly, we could all turn out to be hopeless drivers, and CarShop can show us why.

The company may well have:UK’s Best Choice Of Used Cars,” but now they’ve come up with the 10 worst ways drivers are damaging their beloved motors. Here are the top 10:

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1. Flooring the accelerator in a high gear.

Many cars have a gear shift indicator which says when to change gear. However, it’s usually based on the assumption that you’ll be cruising at the same speed, and isn’t always accurate if you continue to accelerate. If you have to floor the accelerator in a high gear, should shift down for extra power, otherwise your engine is working extremely hard, which puts a lot of strain on it.

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2. Overloading your car.

This may seem obvious, but it’s easy to weigh down your car. With just four passengers and luggage, it’s likely your car is overloaded. This puts strain on the brakes, drivetrain [the system which connects the transmission to the drive axles] and suspension. It can also result in less control of the vehicle, and may lead to costly repairs.

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3. Resting your hand on the gear stick.

In short, the gear stick is attached to what’s called a “selector fork” inside the transmission, which makes contact with rotating metal components every time a gear is selected. the pressure of resting your hand on the gear stick can force the selector fork into the rotating components for a prolonged period, when you’re not even changing gear, causing it to wear out much more quickly than it usually would.

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4. Riding the clutch.

“Riding the clutch” refers to keeping the clutch partially pressed in, most likely to happen in a queue, when you’re gently pressing and releasing the clutch to creep forward and stop rather than braking. This is bad for a car because it causes friction between the clutch plate and flywheel, which could lead the clutch to an early grave, resulting in costly repair bills.

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5. Shifting into reverse before stopping.

In manual cars, if you put a car into reverse while still moving slightly forward, you will have to use the clutch more for the car to begin reversing, which adds more wear to it and the drivetrain. This is an even bigger problem in automatics, as it wears out the transmission band considerably quicker.

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6. Driving your car before it’s warmed up.

Don’t start your car and immediately drive, as it won’t have warmed up properly. This only takes a few seconds in modern cars, but takes much longer in older cars. Once you turn on your, watch the RPM gauge – the car will run at a high idle before dropping down to a lower RPM. Only after your RPM has dropped should you set off, as this means the oil has had time to properly lubricate its main components.

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7. Keeping the clutch depressed when stationary.

Many drivers will wait at a traffic light with first gear engaged and the clutch depressed, but this causes unnecessary wear on the clutch. When you don’t need to use the clutch leave it alone. It’s much better to put your car in neutral and use the handbrake.

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8. Braking just before a speed bump.

When you apply the brakes a car nosedives and compresses the suspension. If you go over a speed bump at the same time, there’s a high risk of the underside of the car grazing the bump. The bump also forces the wheels upwards, causing further compression, which adds more unnecessary strain. Slow down well before a speed bump to avoid this.

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9. Forgetting oil changes.

Not changing your oil regularly has a large impact on the engine as old oil becomes less and less efficient over time when it comes to lubricating components. Oil, along with the oil filter, should be changed every 3-6 months.

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10. Forgetting to check tyre pressure.

Regularly check tyre pressure. Over inflation severely reduces control and handling. Under inflation causes too much friction and leaves the risk of a blow out, which could cause a severe accident.

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