You already know the basics of how to fix a car: Change your filter often; if it’s making noise, it could be the belt. Make sure you change the oil when it’s time to; if something breaks, like the air conditioner, fix it right away, etc.
But what about things you do unintentionally that might hurt your car?
A lot of people don’t realize that they might be making small mistakes every day that hurt the condition and life of their cars.
Take a look at these 7 Common Driving Mistakes that could be causing damage to your vehicle:
1. Switching gears without stopping
Many of us have inadvertently shifted our car, truck, or SUV from reverse to drive without stopping.
If you do it all the time, it could damage your transmission in a way that can’t be fixed. When you change gears without stopping, your car makes a sound that tells you that something is wrong with the transmission.
Fixing a transmission can be very expensive, so stop for that extra half-second before you shift to save money. Your transmission will last for a much longer time.