What are some good automotive tips?
- Don't brake check trucks or cars. You may cause an accident and could be hurt or die. It is not worth it and you are wasting your time focusing on negative energy. The other automobile could have a dashcam installed recording the incident which means your tactic will be useless and you could end up with a fine or in prison.
- Road rage can be lowered by counting from 30 down to 1. By this time you have already relaxed allowing your stressful driving to be more enjoyable.
- Be friendly on the road and give way to vehicles when necessary. Use hand signals or electronic hazard indicator thank you signal to thank people when giving way especially in dangerous situations.
- Driving fast because you are in a rush to where ever. You are likely to cause an accident or can be fined. Is that couple of seconds or minutes really worth all the effort? Are you late for work or meeting? Don't rush but rather make a call and communicate the reason.
- Do a pre-inspection trip daily on your vehicle. This will help you to notice small but significant wear or changes to the vehicle. Also will you learn that thingy that rattle is important to fix and you will notice the one park light not working.
- These days many vehicles are turbo charged. Always let the turbo vehicle idle for 30 seconds before switch it off. Driving the turbo charged vehicle in boost range will cause the turbo to heat up. The idling will allow the engine and turbo to cool down slowly and normalise. The turbo will last longer if you do this.
- Don't text or operate electronic devices while driving. In essence don't take your eyes off the road. The gadgets and devices distract your attention which will cause accidents, losing loved ones.
- Carry a spare key hidden in a place. You might need it some day.
- Check your vehicle daily or weekly! We are always in a rush and we forget to check the vehicle. Detecting that leak or that loose connection early will prevent excessive cost on maintenance.
- Pay attention to the tyres on your vehicle. There is only a very small part of that tyre that makes contact with the road. This tyre is keeping you alive under all driving situasions. Don't use cheap poor tyres on vehicles. They don't last, are an inferior design and constructed from poor materials.
- Always make sure your vehicle has all the nuts or studs on all the wheels. Remember safety first.
- Don't trust the mechanic or service agents. If your vehicle is out of warranty ask for the old parts after the vehicle service. I always ask to see the filters, spark plugs, and other replaced parts. The old parts is your property unless there is a swop agreement. The old filter must be recycled but ask to see them, then the service shop can recycle the filters after your inspection.
- DIY servicing - get a service inspection checklist from your vehicle manual or get it online. Do the service according to the checklist as this will help you to notice important unnoticed issues.
- Aftermarket parts can be dangerous if fitted improperly.
- Fitting spotlights on SUVs or any vehicle in front of the grill might cause tour vehicle to run warmer. In hot climates this can cause vehicles to overheat.
- Changing your vehicle suspension height will affect the vehicle handling. Only fit proper engineered aftermarket parts as your DIY effort may cost you unplanned money or your life.
- Aftermarket fancy mag rims are not always that safe compared to the OEM wheels. They might be beautiful but isn't always designed to be safe. The changing of wheel diameter may affected the vehicles speed as well as the computer, perhaps also the warranty.
- Value of aftermarket parts and upgrades can either increase the value of the vehicle or decrease it. This depends on the purpose of the upgrade which can be classified as practical or aesthetic.
- Practical upgrades might range from be reverse sensors or cameras to brake upgrades or performance upgrades.
- Aesthetic upgrades can range from bonnet scoops to wheels or body kits, paint jobs etc. Becareful as such upgrades might actually devalue vehicles trade value. Very few vehicles may benefit from such upgrades.
- Customization: this is a totally different market.
General view of automotive performance enhancements and gadgets.
- That high performance vehicle/upgrade will shorten the vehicle life. Examples are larger turbos, NOS and race cams etc.
- Certain upgrades can benefit the vehicle's life. Examples are shock absorbers, brake rotors and calipers.
- Certain "upgrades" will actualy downgrade the vehicles performance. Examples are aftermarket fuel saving devices, non aero tuned body kits, added weight such as roll cages and extra electronics/ lights etc.