DRIVERS could be causing serious harm to their cars without realising it.
Little habits that may seem harmless could cause long term damage to their cars and become some pricey fixes.
Driving a manual car may slowly fade out with the majority of electric cars being automatic but many of the cars on the UK’s roads are manual.
A lot of the UK’s bad habits when driving a manual could be harming vital parts of the car such as the engine and the clutch.
Do you think twice before using your clutch at unnecessary times?
That’s not a part of your car you don’t want that failing on you.
The RAC has compiled its top seven things you should never do in a manual car.
Many of their big no’s are things drivers do without thinking but need to know the damage that could arise.
Leave your car in gear at a red light
When at a red light, it always better to put the car in neutral and apply the handbrake.
Leaving the car in gear will put additional struggle on the clutch.
Drivers will often leave their car in gear so they can make a prompt getaway when the lights change but it simply is not the best option for the car.
Rest your hand on the gear stick
A lot of drivers will leave their hand on the gear stick without even thinking about it.
However, this could actually be doing some damage to the stick.
Extra pressure may be added to the stick which can cause wear and tear to the sticks components in the long run.
In the future, just keep both hands on the wheel to be safe, unless you are change the gear.
Use the clutch to hold your car on a hill
When stopping on a hill, you have to make sure you’re stopping your car from rolling back down.
Applying extra pressure to the clutch biting point may keep the car stationary but this can cause issues to the clutch disc and engine’s pressure plate.
The best option is using the handbrake.
Floor your vehicle when engine revs are low
Never floor the vehicle when engine revs are low.
Instead, gradually build up the acceleration and change the gears along the way before additional pressure can be added to the accelerator pedal.
If you’re an experienced driver, you will already have the confidence in your car to be able to do this.
You don’t want to cause any unnecessary stress to your engine.
Rest your foot on the clutch pedal
Resting your foot on the clutch pedal can wear it out over time.
Even if you think you aren’t applying any pressure to the pedal, it’s not a good resting place for your foot.
Regardless, your foot will force the clutch down with can cause friction when there doesn’t need to be.
Find a new resting spot for your foot to be safe, you don’t want an expensive fix.
Coast in neutral to save fuel
It’s unsafe to not have control of your car while driving it.
The fuel system in most common cars now have a different fuel system meaning it doesn’t save on the fuel.
When driving down slopes and hills, keep full control of the car.
Coasting can leave you struggling to accelerate and brake so the more control you have, the better.
Release the clutch too soon
Releasing the clutch early can cause the car to jerk and add additional pressure to the engine when not needed.
This issue isn’t too common in experienced drivers but more with learner and new drivers.
When learning to drive, you are taught to find the cars biting point.
Once you have that perfected, releasing the clutch early shouldn’t be an issue.