Driving Habits That Can Affect Your Car’s Longevity

Driving Habits That Can Affect Your Car's Longevity | Victoria, TX

 

Even if you think you are an excellent driver, you may have some driving habits that you may not realize are bad for your vehicle. These driving habits unintentionally affect your car’s condition, so here are some things you should pay attention to.
 
Heavy braking and accelerating
 
If you are encountering many stoplights, avoid slamming on the brakes or accelerating quickly as soon as lights change. When you go heavy on the gas pedal and brakes, this can result in premature wear on your front brakes and also affect your fuel efficiency.
 
Leaving electronics on
 
Be mindful about turning off the internal lights in your car whenever you exit. Not only will this result in a dead car battery the next day, but leaving a light on can also shorten your car battery’s life.
 
Exceeding load limits
 
Always pay attention to your vehicle’s weight limit and make sure you don’t exceed it. Your car’s suspension, brakes, and drivetrain all have to work harder if your car carries more than it can handle, so double check your owner’s manual to ensure you aren’t putting an unnecessary strain on your vehicle.
 
Ignoring dents
 
If your vehicle has a dent, you should get it repaired as soon as possible to avoid rusting, which damages the structural integrity of your car. Bring your vehicle into Atzenhoffer Hub and our service technicians can help you repair a dent of any size.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Distracted Driving Surges in the US

Man driving while on phone | Victoria, TX

Following spring’s unprecedented lack of traffic on the road, it appears that many drivers are getting back in the swing of things on the daily commute. Unfortunately, a recent distracted driving study suggests that drivers are returning to their normal driving routines with a smartphone in one hand and a latte in the other.

According to the survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Netradyne, 82 percent of the participants claim that distracted driving is on the rise based on their experiences on the road. And half of those surveyed believe that roadways are more dangerous than ever. This sentiment isn’t surprising in the slightest given the fact that one out of every seven drivers surveyed said that they or their vehicle were injured as a result of distracted driving. Furthermore, one in five surveyed said that they were legally reprimanded for driving while distracted.

The study attempted to uncover some of the reasons for the sudden upswing in distracted driving. Netradyne points out that summer, sometimes referred to as “100 Deadliest Days” between Memorial Day and Labor Day, is the first time many teen drivers are on the road. In addition to inattentive youngsters, this summer saw many rusty drivers return to work after several months off the road.

The Atzenhoffer family wants you to stay safe this summer, so please put your phone in “do not disturb” mode while on the road. And remember to stop by in person to browse our selection of new vehicles, if you’re in need of a safe new ride to boost your confidence behind the wheel.