Cars today can last a long time. Advances in automotive technology have helped reduce manufacturing errors and increase the reliability and lifespan of the car you buy. You can also increase the lifespan of your car by the way you drive. On the other hand, there are several bad driving habits that damage your car and decrease its lifespan. Avoiding these bad driving habits will help you stay safe and get more from your car.

Approaching Stops at Full Speed

We all have to get somewhere, and sometimes we’re in a rush. While stop signs and red lights are frustrating obstacles, getting to them faster rarely gets us to our destinations sooner. And by approaching stops at full speed, you add unnecessary wear to your brakes and increase your chances of getting into an accident. Give yourself more time and distance for stops instead.

Texting While Driving

Texting is one of the worst bad driving habits to avoid. Taking your eyes off the road to text is one of the most dangerous things you can do. It can seriously decrease the lifespan of your car, and more importantly, you and the people around you.

Rolling Through Stop Signs

Incomplete stops are a common bad driving habit. Some intersections look wide open and can be easy to see if other cars are approaching. However, making a habit of this can lead to trouble at stop signs with reduced visibility. Take a few extra seconds to make a full stop.

Driving Too Long Between Regular Maintenance

Putting off regular maintenance is something we have all been guilty of at one point or another. Your car will last a lot longer if you take care of it. That means regular oil changes, brake inspections, and other maintenance.


Let’s be honest; we all speed. However, the implications of speeding can be serious. You are more likely to get into an accident, especially on city streets, and you will probably put more stress on your brakes and transmission. Slowing down will help your car, and those around you, last longer.

Get Quality Collision Repair When You Need It

Even the safest drivers can need collision repair. If your car has experienced body damage, take it to the experts at Cascade Collision. We’ll get it looking like new in no time!