I’m a driving expert – here’s how using your brakes incorrectly is costing you £800 a YEAR

A driving professional has discovered that using your brakes incorrectly is costing you £800 a year.

Motorists have been warned that these poor driving habits could put unnecessary strain on your car and damage the brakes.

Damaging your car's brakes could cost you thousands


Damaging your car’s brakes could cost you thousands

If your car’s brake pads wear out due to poor driving habits, you’re at serious risk and will have to splash out hundreds of dollars to fix the problem.

Luckily, a group of experts warned of a money-sucking mishap that can happen to car owners.

Initially, drivers were warned not to overload their vehicles with heavy objects.

RAC experts said: “The higher the weight, the more strain you put on the brakes, suspension and drivetrain.”

Experts claim that packing unnecessary loads can also lead to cost savings by burning more fuel.

They explained: “Unnecessary items like golf Rackets or fitness equipment in the trunk of your car do not place increased stress on the parts of your car.

“But it will impact your car’s fuel economy and potentially your car’s emissions.”

Instead, it is advisable to leave the golf clubs at home when not needed and try to travel as light as possible.

Drivers have also been urged to check the maximum weight their car can handle to avoid overloading.

“You will often find information about the maximum loading weight of your car in your owner’s manual.

“This will give you an indication of how much luggage you can safely take with you overall – a practice that is often put to the test when moving or going on an extended holiday,” experts added.

Other driving experts recommended stopping driving too hard and being careful when taking a joyride.

Driving hard could result in a serious collision and damage your brake rotors and brake pads.

Motor experts at Way claimed that following these habits could save you a whopping £800 a year.

You said, “There is no set guide to car maintenance.”

“Even simple techniques like using the accelerator pedal gently when accelerating and braking early rather than slamming on the brakes can make a big difference to your car’s long-term performance.”

“Fuel efficiency is an important factor that can increase and decrease your annual expenses.”

Another expert revealed which car you should avoid when driving in busy areas.

Abigayle Andre, who runs motoring site SheTalksCars, took to TikTok to urge motorists to stop a mistake that could cost thousands.

Meanwhile, a clever driver has revealed a cheeky trick that allows him to swerve at busy junctions.

Al Bates shared a TikTok clip of her husband using the unique hack, much to the delight of viewers.

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TaraSubramaniam is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: tarasubramaniam@dailynationtoday.com.

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