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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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    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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    • (1) Research
    • (2) Deciding the topic
    • (3) Creating the outline
    • (4) Drafting the content
    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
    • (6) Revision
    • (7) etc.

    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

    2. Change Your Environment

    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

    6. Get a Buddy

    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

    Reality check:

    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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