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Bad Driving Habit That Can Damage Your Car And Wallet

Bad Driving Habit That Can Damage Your Car And Wallet

I read an answer on Quora days ago where someone suggested that children song/nursery rhyme should be made about the driving habits we should and should not have. As funny as it sounded, there are some valid reasons for this suggestion. There are little driving and auto management habits and quirks we all have had for years that could be costing us some money and hurting our cars.

Here are some of the common driving/auto bad habits that can cause damage to our cars and wallets.

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Driving on empty

Do you pride yourself on ignoring your car’s gas gauge when it urges you to refuel? You might think that getting the last drop of gas out of your gas tank is the best but it’s actually bad for your car, so cut it out.

Most drivers hate the thought of filling up their gas tank even when it indicates that they should, especially with the price of gasoline these days. Although, just out of bad habit, whatever the price of gas, it is tough for some car users or drivers to simply fill up the tank. Putting off this important detail and waiting for your gas tank to be empty before filling it up can cost you more than you should have spent if you just did as the gas gauge urged—in fact, it can be dangerous and downright inconvenient.

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According to a 2015 survey,[1] it was discovered that every year, approximately, 827,000 drivers ignore their car’s gas warning light, which results in them running out of gas and breaking down at some point. Up to 2 million drivers said they almost always drive with the gas light on, hoping to find cheaper gas.

Why you should keep your tank no less than 1/4 full

According to Consumer Reports, driving your car with the gas empty or close to empty is bad because it could damage your car: Gas acts as a coolant for the electric fuel pump motor, so when you are running very low, this would allow the pump to suck in air, which creates heat and can cause the fuel pump to wear down prematurely and potentially fail. The repair of such damage would cost a lot of money, much more than it would have cost you to fill up your tank.[2]

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Another problem that might cause damage to your car when you run on a low gas tank is that your car would be forced to use the gas at the bottom of the tank which has sediment from gasoline that had settled at the bottom. The lower your car’s gas level, the more the dirt gets stirred up from the bottom of the tank into your car’s fuel line and even into the engine which could damage internal parts of the engine. In this case, if your fuel filter or pump gets clogged up with dirt, you would have to flush the entire fuel system and replace your car’s fuel filter regularly. This would cost you lots of money to repair and replace.

In addition, another risk of driving on a low tank is the danger of getting stranded in the middle of a busy highway or deserted area or even in an accident when the car suddenly stops running.

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    Here are some tips to avoid running out of gas

    • Keep your gas tank no less than ¼ full.
    • Always fill up your tank before starting out to work or on a long trip because you could have a longer ride due to unforeseen circumstances or a traffic jam.
    • Don’t depend on your gas gauge to inform you on how many miles you have left. For saving gas and tips on maximizing the fuel in your vehicle, use fuel economy guides.
    • You could use online tools or even smartphone apps to find the cheapest gas near your house and save money and time driving miles to find cheap gas.

    I know we’ve all been in that situation where we’re driving along, and then the fuel warning light pops up urging you to make a stop and get gas. You might be the type of driver that starts panicking or you are the opposite; relaxed and calm. Regardless of which type of driver you are, it is important for you to know that the warning light is an indication that the fuel in your car’s gas tank has reached 10 to 15 percent of your tank’s total capacity, which is the reserve level. Now, you can use that reference along with your car’s average fuel economy to calculate your remaining range.

    Be careful not to run the risk of your car going dry because it can cause serious and expensive problems. Always, keep that in mind the next time your car starts urging you to visit the gas station.

    Featured photo credit: BEN ROSSINGTON via mirror.co.uk

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    Last Updated on September 18, 2020

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

    1. Exercise Daily

    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

    The basic nutritional advice includes:

    • Eat unprocessed foods
    • Eat more veggies
    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

      5. Watch Out for Travel

      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

      6. Start Slow

      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

      Final Thoughts

      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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