If you’re the owner of a new automatic car, chances are you’ll make some serious mistakes while handling it. Here are seven things to avoid with automatic vehicles.
It’s no secret that driving an automatic car is child’s play. Even with beginner level driving skills, you can drive an automatic car like a pro. However, most people take its ease of handling for granted. If You Make These Seven Mistakes With Your Automatic Car, Stop It Right Away!
Descending a slope in neutral mode
This will prevent you from accelerating the car and will only slow it down. It reduces the oil supply and the transmission is reduced from receiving lubrication. In short, this habit will lead the system to damage and wear out.
Revive the engine before changing gears
We are all guilty of having done this at least once in our lives. Doing this leads to a massive shock to the transmission. It generates more friction between internal components which can damage internal engine parts.
Changing modes when the car is still driving
Changing gears while the car is moving causes the transmission system to change direction. This habit will put unnecessary trauma on the gearbox. It would be better to use the brakes instead to immobilize the vehicle. Some people also enter park without applying the brakes, which can adversely affect your car’s performance.
Keep the car in neutral to traffic
Many drivers do this to save fuel and protect the transmission from wear. However, one thing most people don’t know is that the loss is minimal when you step on the brakes while in drive mode. Damage occurs when you toggle Neutral Mode on and off.
Switch to parking mode even before stopping the car
Shifting to park mode causes the car’s system to insert a locking pin into a gear attached to the gearbox’s output shaft. Note that the wheels are also connected to the same shaft. So when you activate park mode and try to roll the vehicle simultaneously, there is a high chance of breaking the lock pin.
Keep the fuel tank low
Remember this – automatic cars depend on fuel pressure to function properly. Fuel helps the engine and other parts stay lubricated and quiet. So, if the reservoir is all the time at its lowest, these components will wear out faster.
Driving without engine overheating
This habit can wreak havoc on your vehicle, especially in cold weather. During winters, the oil thickens and tends to drain more slowly than usual. It would be best if you let the fuel flow through the transmission and spread for some time. Entering Drive mode and immediately accelerating to a high speed may cause internal damage.
Automatic vehicles have indeed made our lives easier. They may seem easygoing but, at the same time, they also require caution on your part. Refrain from making the mistakes above, and your automatic car will perform well for years!
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