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Every driver knows the best way to get a long life out of their vehicle: change the oil regularly, rotate tires and monitor fluids like transmission fluid and antifreeze. However, there are several less obvious mistakes that many drivers make that shorten the life of your car. You might regularly check your brakes, but completely ignore these missteps. A seemingly small issue can develop into a full-blown problem.
Your vehicle is an extension of your home. You travel in it, eat in it and depending on the situation you may even sleep in it. As a result, you probably have a lot of personal belongings stored inside your vehicle. It could be heavy equipment that you don’t want to take out of your vehicle or it could be your entire shoe collection. Whatever the case, all of that extra mess can harm the interior of your car. Leaky and dirty items ruin interior carpet, and large equipment stored in truck beds scratches the liner. While you can add a heavy-duty spray liner, like those offered at Leer Truck Accessory Center, to coat your truck bed, you should still take care of what and how you store things in your truck.
Every vehicle has a maximum weight capacity, but most drivers don’t even know the limit for their vehicle. Overloading your car is easy to do when you are moving or vacationing, but this practice alters handling and puts wear and tear on the vehicle over time. Habitually overloaded vehicles cause brakes to deteriorate more quickly. Since vehicles are designed to work optimally with a certain load, the engine will have to work harder to haul extra weight. This shortens the lifespan of your transmission, one of the most expensive parts to replace.
Snowy weather conditions, narrow roads and careless driving all lead to that most dreaded impact: accidentally hitting the curb. You might wince and just drive on, but striking hard concrete can seriously damage your vehicle. This damage might not be readily apparent; often it will show up days or weeks later. Initially, many drivers will start to notice strange vibrations, only to discover that they have been driving around with a bent axle or driveshaft. Scraping curbs multiple times also wears out the vehicle’s suspension.
You might think that you are maintaining your vehicle properly by doing a regular tune-up, but tiny bad habits can burn out your vehicle more quickly. You can extend the life of your vehicle by avoiding overburdened chassis, overcrowded cargo areas and protruding curbs. Use the tips above, as well as any others you may find in additional research to extend the life of your vehicle.