THE money TIP
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.