Driving an automatic vehicle makes us think that the controls are far more straightforward. However, being mindful to avoid these mistakes from happening can surely prevent unwanted car repairs in the future.
1. Avoid Using the Neutral Gear while sliding the vehicle down a slope
This action will not speed up the car; instead, it will slow it down, and not only that but the transmission cuts fuel to the engine that it doesn’t get the proper lubrication to run smoothly. Using the neutral gear can significantly damage the car.
2. Avoid Using Neutral while the car is at a stop light/traffic
Automatic vehicles that are on neutral while on neutral doesn’t save on fuel, use hand break instead so that you don’t wear out your transmission. Damage happens when if the gear is in N when the light turns green. As a result, you’ll end up revving the engine to no avail, costing you more fuel.
3. Avoid changing gears while the car is moving
When you shift gears while in motion for example from reverse to drive, you use your transmission rather than brakes to stop the vehicle. The car will stop, but you will end up wearing out your automatic transmission band. The transmission band is hard to access making its repair and replacement expensive and time-consuming.
4. Avoid Coasting in Neutral
They say that coasting in neutral can help you save fuel. While that may be correct, coasting in neutral is something that you should not do. The reason for this is that you’re not in full control of the vehicle. Same with driving a manual, you can react faster and safer if your gear stick
5. Avoid doing Launches
Launches are when your car is in a standstill/neutral, and you suddenly accelerate/drive the vehicle at full speed. Doing this can wear out your transmission band which can be very expensive.
Driving an automatic vehicle is a breeze, make sure to avoid the following things to prevent issues with your vehicle in the future.