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7 Ways You're Damaging Your Car

Are you a good car owner? How would you know if you are or aren't? One way to find out is by knowing the simplest yet most damaging habits that many drivers do on a regular basis. Do you do any of the following?

1. You drive too fast. What's a little game of drag racing every once in a while, huh? Well, if you're not driving a real race car, then you're definitely doing it great damage. Not only is your engine getting beat up, but your wheels, brakes, and throttle all get unnecessary pressure as well.

2. You brake too abruptly. Some drivers like to stay very close to the car in front of them, and when the car in front stops, they hit the brake like there's no tomorrow. If you do this, your brake system will malfunction sooner rather than later, which can be very dangerous.

3. You leave your tank near empty. When your tank isn't filled up, your engine uses the bottom fuel which contains sediments and crystals that have settled. These solid particles can clog your engine and wreak havoc later on. Always keep your tank at least half full.

4. You don't clean your car. There's no question to the importance of regular car cleaning, and yet many drivers still don't do it. Ultimately, you will find your car looking ten years older than it is if you don't give it a bath every once in a while.

5. You don't pay attention to your tires. Tire pressure is also an essential safety factor when driving. It's easy to go to the nearest gas station and get your tires inflated, so why not do it today? It will help your car run smoother and faster.

6. You let your interior deteriorate. Another habit of bad car owners is how dirty they keep their car interiors. Please, don't be a car hoarder! Clean your interiors, remove all the clutter, condition your leather seats, and make sure your car is passenger-friendly.

7. You skip regular maintenance. This is by far the worst out of everything in this list. Do you know how dangerous it is to drive a poorly maintained vehicle? Your car is just like teeth. If you don't visit the dentist regularly, you may not know it but you're accumulating cavities over the years. Eventually, you'll lose all of your teeth. In your car's case, you'll have to surrender it to the pound.

If you find yourself in any of these familiar situations, it's probably time for you to change your ways. That is, unless you actually want to take your car to the pound sometime soon.