THE money TIP

CityPress - - Business -

Did you know that bad driv­ing habits cost you dearly? For ex­am­ple, con­stant pres­sure on the gear­box can dis­place the syn­chro­nis­ers and gears be­neath, which could cause prob­lems when chang­ing gears. Whether you own an au­to­matic or a man­ual car, a trans­mis­sion that is not work­ing cor­rectly will most likely mean trou­ble.

Ge­orge Mie­nie, Au­toTrader CEO, says: “Trans­mis­sions are com­plex and have many mov­ing parts, so this bad driv­ing habit could re­sult in ex­pen­sive re­pairs.”

To save your­self some money, drive as you were taught to drive – with both hands on the steer­ing wheel.

The way you drive could also save you petrol. Fol­low these tips:

. Do not drive ag­gres­sively. Don’t speed, ac­cel­er­ate rapidly or brake hard be­cause this will drain your fuel.

. Do not let your car idle. If your ve­hi­cle is sta­tion­ary for an ex­tended pe­riod of time, rather turn your engine off.

. En­sure your tyres have the cor­rect pres­sure. This in­for­ma­tion is usu­ally printed on a sticker on the driver’s door or in the cub­by­hole. Check the pres­sure when­ever you go to the garage for fuel.

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