10 Habits That Can Drastically Reduce Your Car's Lifespan

By Aquib Nawab

Car Models

Coasting downhill in neutral or turning off the engine can damage your car. Modern cars rely on electric motors, turning off the engine affects essential systems like power steering, brakes, and safety features.

1. No Engine Braking on Downhill

2. Not Cooling Down the Turbo

Turbocharged engines require post-drive idling to cool down. This prevents overheating and prolongs the life of the turbocharger and exhaust system.

Driving in a high gear at low RPM can strain the transmission. This habit can lead to long-term mechanical damage.

3. Engine Lugging

Cold engines need time to warm up for proper lubrication. Premature wear and tear occurs if you apply excessive pressure on a cold engine.

4. Ripping a Cold Engine

'P' mode is not a substitute for the handbrake. Ensure the car is at a complete stop before engaging 'P' mode to prevent transmission damage.

5. Using 'P' Mode to Stop the Car

Engaging reverse gear while the car is moving forward damages the transmission. Wait until the car comes to a complete stop before shifting to reverse.

6. Putting the Car in Reverse While Moving Forward

Downshifting too many gears at high speeds can harm the engine and transmission. Manufacturers install engine-cutoff sensors to prevent damage in some cases.

7. Shifting to a Lower Gear at High Speed

Maintain a slow speed on rough roads to ease the load on the suspension system. Slowing down for speed bumps and potholes prevents damage and rattling.

8. Not Slowing Down on Bad Roads and Speed Bumps

Regular service is crucial for maintaining a car's lifespan. Failure to adhere to the manufacturer's service schedule can void warranties and shorten your car's life.

9. Not Following the Service Schedule

Low tire pressure can lead to decreased fuel efficiency and tire bursts. Regularly check and maintain proper tire pressure to avoid dangerous situations.

10. High Speed with Low Tire Pressure