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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 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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