For most people, their car is one of their biggest investments. The problem is that most owners treat their vehicles like regular appliances. Oftentimes, they don’t think too much about maintenance and upkeep until something goes wrong.

A lot of car owners are actually damaging their car without even realizing it. Here are 4 bad habits that can damage your car.

Not following a service schedule

All vehicles need to be checked and serviced on a regular basis since many car parts and components get damaged or wear out over time. To ensure that your vehicle is in top shape and functions optimally, we recommend following the service schedule. It will also help you identify potential problems and prevent it from turning into bigger problems and more expensive repairs.

Neglecting your tires

Driving with underinflated tires may negatively impact your car’s performance, gas mileage and even cause safety issues. It may damage the structural integrity of the tires itself and may even affect the vehicle’s stopping ability.

It is important to check your tires for tread depth and inflation from time to time. Temperature differences can affect tire pressure, so it is especially important to check your tire pressure when the season changes.

Ignoring the check engine light

A check engine light may indicate a variety of problems. If the check engine light comes on, it’s probably not a serious issue yet. In some cases, the light goes off after a while and the car seems to be running fine. To be safe, it is best to have your car checked to identify the cause of the problem and have it fixed right away. Ignoring this warning sign can lead to an expensive repair.

Driving with a low fuel

Most people know that driving with a low fuel is bad for their car, but they still do it anyway. Some would just ignore the warning light in the hopes of finding cheaper gas. Others would continue driving since they believe that they can still make it another 40 miles. If you do this frequently, you run the risk of wearing out the fuel pump prematurely. Make it a habit to fill your car with gas before your tank hits a quarter or below.