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Driving a car is an art that one has to hone with practice, but there often are things that we get drivers get wrong. Avoid these if you want your car to run smoother for longer.

Riding the clutch

accelerator brake clutch

Apart from being more fun to drive, manual gearboxes do present a couple of challenges to a lot of drivers. And while keen drivers will be more than happy in sticking to manuals, there’s one thing that most of new drivers get wrong — riding the clutch. Controlling the car using clutch and feathering the throttle might be the only way to get out of tight situations, but don’t rest your foot on the pedal. Inadvertently doing so increases the wire of the clutch.

Having said that, you should use the handbrake for doing uphill starts, etc. Otherwise it burns the clutch. Read more about things you shouldn’t do in a manual gearbox equipped cars.

Hot shutdown

In case of turbocharged engines (both petrol and diesel), the turbocharger spins at a greater rpm (anywhere 20 to 30 times, easily) in comparison to the engine. So when you come to a halt and shut down the engine, the turbos still keep spinning. And it becomes all the worse if the engine has been running at a higher speed, so the turbo also spins at a higher rpm. A sudden shutting down of the engine doesn’t let the turbocharger cool down, hence causing damage to the unit.

So keep in mind to idle for at the very least a minute before turning off the engine.

Lugging the engine

Tachometer Flames

Driving a car in a higher gear (at a low rpm) might not sound like a crime, but by doing so, you can damage the engine. And accelerating in such a scenario just puts an added load on the clutch. We need to understand that every engine has a different style of power delivery. So while petrols need you to rev considerably quicker than diesels. With that said, even if your car has a great amount of torque available from a very low rpm, refrain from lugging it.

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