No matter what car you drive, there are some things that can never be done to it. Even if you’re driving through the smooth roads of Dubai or the dusty terrains, you should never ever do some things to your car. In Dubai, you may own a manual or an automatic car. So, it’s really important that you pay heed to these things that scream “NO!” in your car.
What not to do with your manual car in Dubai?
Cars with a manual gearbox, a stick gear for changing or shifting between gears, and a clutch pedal are called manual transmission cars. Here are some things that you should never do while driving a manual vehicle in Dubai:
1. Never engage the clutch continuously while driving
If you are the proud owner of a manual car, then you definitely know how to drive it as well. While driving a manual car, you are only supposed to step down on the clutch when you are changing gears or pressing the brake (if there is a drastic drop in speed). Continuously pressing down on the clutch can lead to extra friction, which will lead to extra car maintenance charges. A maintenance job on a damaged clutch will cost you a lot.
2. Never leave your car in gear when it’s stopped
When you have stopped the car and are leaving it idle for some time, ensure that the car is neutral. Leaving your car in gear while it’s stopped means you have your foot on the clutch. A practice like this, even for a short period of time, can wear out your car’s clutch, and you might have to immediately take it in for car service. If you do end up damaging the clutch, the repairs can be really expensive if you do not take it to the best car service expert in Dubai.
3. Never switch to neutral while driving
There is a widespread belief that driving your car in neutral will help you save fuel. However, this is an extremely risky and dangerous assumption. Driving your car in neutral does not allow you to have much control over your car. Although this doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, imagine driving through the dusty roads of Dubai. There’s no telling how the car will swerve. This habit of yours may end up being life-threatening.
What not to do with your automatic car
An automatic-transmission vehicle is a car that changes its speed and gears on its own based on the road and traffic. Such cars have an advantage over manual vehicles; that is, specially-abled people can drive automatic vehicles as it doesn’t require a lot of effort. Make sure that you don’t do the below if you own an automatic vehicle in Dubai.
1. Never use two feet when driving an automatic car in Dubai
An automatic car will have an accelerator and a brake pedal. When driving an automatic car, stepping on both pedals can cause a crash that could hurt someone. It can also stress out the transmission fluid, torque converter, and brake fluid of the car. This will mean more maintenance for your vehicle. Also, if you do wish to drive an automatic car with two feet, you can specifically buy a car that automatically engages the braking system when both pedals are stepped on at the same time.
2. Never drive an automatic car downhill while in neutral
As I mentioned before, driving your car in neutral will have serious consequences. Driving your car in neutral completely stops the flow of fuel into your engine. This means that you will be putting more strain on your main brakes while driving. This, in turn, will result in faster consumption of brake pads. It can also be dangerous, as you will need to react more quickly while driving your car down a slope.
3. Never rest your hand on the gear stick
There are two things that can happen if you rest your hand on the gear stick- easy wear and tear, and endangered safety. Resting your hand on the gear stick puts pressure on the shifter rail. The shifter rail then pushes the synchronizers. They touch the gear, and hence, friction is created. This can cause early strain on the teeth of the gear.
If you are up-to-date on your annual car services, then there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Always make sure that your vehicle undergoes periodic transmission oil services. Even if your car is giving you trouble, an annual service will give it a full checkup to make sure everything is in good shape. Why not bring your car to Car Garage Expert, where they will take good care of it and do it at an affordable price too? Book your appointment today!