What is considered severe driving?
If you approach a stop sign or red light at 60 km/h and depress the brake pedal, does the car feel as though it snaps back when it finally comes to a complete stop? If it does, that’s severe and harsh driving. Do you press down hard on the accelerator when the light finally turns green?
Those are just a couple of simple examples that seem to be the norm today, rather than the exception. Not only is that going to negatively affect your fuel efficiency, it’s also going to wear your brakes, recapping under suspension, and has the potential to cause other problems that can be costly in the future.
Not only will you wear down brake pads quicker with those harsh stops, it can cause warping of the rotors or brake drums. If you’re accelerating hard every time, you’re placing increased pressure on the vital components of your engine. Sure, your BMW was designed with performance in mind, but hard acceleration will take a toll on any car over time.
If you drive fast over speed bumps, don’t avoid potholes, and are constantly subjecting your vehicle to those road hazards, you’ll find that your shocks, struts, springs, tie rods, ball joints, and other components may need to be replaced long before they should have had to be.
Whether or not you believe you’re a severe driver or not, it’s a good idea to have your vehicle inspected regularly to ensure safety at all times. When you do, you’ll be able to rest comfortably knowing that everything is going to work the next time you really need them to.