40 Ways You Could Be Damaging Your Car Every Day

Naturally, you want your car to last as long as possible. Your vehicle should safely get you from point A to point B, and it should be reliable enough to drive every single day of the year. You may think you’re doing everything correctly to keep it that way, but how true is that?

The primary key to proper vehicle maintenance is knowing what you may be doing wrong. Take a look at these 40 ways you could be damaging your car. How many of them are you guilty of doing?

Not Using The Handbrake in Park

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If you simply leave your automatic car in park or a manual one engaged in gear, you could cause damage to the car’s transmission. Not using the handbrake when your car is parked on a hill adds a lot of stress to the vehicle’s transmission.

Note that applying the handbrake, also referred to as the e-brake or the emergency brake in some cars, is not necessary when parked on a level surface. Moreover, the brake rotors might be damaged if the handbrake is applied when the brakes are hot.