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7 terrible automotive shortcuts

CREATED WITH Bridgestone

 

It's always a little tempting to take shortcuts when driving and maintaining your car. Let us be the first to tell you that you should refrain from the "pwede na 'yan" mindset because not only are these cop-outs to the real responsibility of owning and driving a car, but they can also cost you your precious pesos. You want to steer clear of these terrible automotive shortcuts. 

Counterflowing. 
Sure, you’re going faster, but you’re clogging up the road and making life hell for everyone else. When in traffic, be nice. Fall in line. Give way. By allowing traffic to flow around you and untangle, you’re helping everyone get home just that little bit earlier.

Weaving through traffic. Think you’re going faster? Think again. Excessive lane-changing can actually drag your average speed back down to the same speed as the rest of traffic. Or worse. Watch, observe, pick a lane, and stick with it.

Drive-thru dining. Think you’re saving time by not parking and getting in line at the counter? Think again. The drive-thru line can often be slower, especially on the highway. And the gasoline wasted while idling in the drive-thru adds up. Skip the drive-thru and you can save enough over a month to buy an extra burger or two.

Washing your car with detergent. Car shampoo is formulated to be gentle to your car’s finish—just as hair shampoo is with hair. Liquid detergent or soap strips away protective waxes from your car’s finish, exposing it to weathering and damage. Hand soaps and laundry soaps also contain abrasives that can damage your paint very, very badly.

Using tap water as coolant. Your car’s cooling system is full of metal parts. Without the rust inhibitors included in automotive coolant, those parts begin to corrode. Beyond that, dissolved minerals in water leave deposits in the system, eventually leading to failure. Worse yet, water is more vulnerable to boiling when the engine runs hot. Liquid coolant is great at removing heat from your engine. Steam isn’t.

"Fuel savers." Electronic dongles with blinking lights that are supposed to reduce fuel consumption by 30% for only a thousand bucks? That's a lie. Real engine re-flash options cost thirty times more for a reason: they actually work.

Buying secondhand (or even just cheap) tires. Used tires are ticking time bombs. Even if they look like they have a lot of tread left, aged rubber can be hard and brittle, posing a danger of cracking, belt separation, and even disintegration. Not fun when you're hitting three figures on the highway!

It doesn’t pay to go cheap when buying new, either. Off-brand tires may look like the real thing, but they are not as durable or grippy, and often have a higher rolling resistance than good fuel-saving tires like Bridgestone Ecopias. Built stiff and lightweight, Bridgestone Ecopias provide better performance than your common tire. And with a proprietary rubber compound featuring a high proportion of silica and reinforcing particles, there’s less internal heat build-up and rolling resistance. This provides for a smoother drive and up to 7.1% better economy, all without sacrificing durability or braking performance.

Don’t cheap out. Spend smart and you can save big time in the long run.  

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This article was created by Summit StoryLabs in partnership with Bridgestone.

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