Usually, good driving for your car is also good for your health because it's safer. Read the advice from our expert auto repair specialists below.
Don't Empty the Tank
Know about a couple of ways that emptying your auto of diesel or regular gas or keeping the level low is harmful. Sediment in fuel sinks to the bottom of your fuel tank, so when it's almost empty your engine has to push the grit through the fuel lines. This causes buildup and can also cause your engine to work harder than usual. The other reason is that for many vehicles, gas in the tank usually helps cool the fuel pump, making it last longer and work better. If you have too little, your fuel pump could get too hot.
Don't Stop and Start Too Quickly
Don't drive like you're in an action movie. Obviously this behavior is far more likely to cause a wreck. But furthermore, shotgunning at stoplights and braking hard is difficult on your transmission, engine and brakes. It's only natural to show off a fast car, but it's important to consider the negative impact this could have on your vehicle.
Don't Push the Speed Limit
It can be a thrill to race down the highway, passing all the other cars and mastering the curves as you get through the lanes and around the curves. However, driving this way can wreck the engine, and the car. Our engine experts at Christian Brothers in Acworth, GA say that most cars perform best at 40-60 mph. If you drive at higher speeds, you will use more gas mile by mile and your transmission will be pushed to the max. Also, driving that fast means extra stress on all the small moving parts of your engine, and that can cause you to need early repairs. Driving safely is the best way to show that you love your vehicle.
Avoid Super Slow Acceleration
For safety and a higher mph, realize that it's not a good idea to accelerate so slowly that you risk the frustration of your fellow motorists. Some people have been taught not to dart off from a stop, and this is generally true. But getting going extra slow stops your engine from reaching optimal speed and can put wear on the transmission and engine. The best idea is to drive at about the same speed as the cars around you.
Don't Shift Improperly
Shifting is a big deal. Don't ever move to park or reverse while your car is still moving. Also, don't move the gears into park and leave the car without also putting on the parking brake. When you do, all the weight of your auto will be resting against the transmission itself. For manual shifters, be careful not to hold down the clutch when you aren't shifting. These simple things could save you cash in the long run.
Don't Sit and Idle or Rev
We have covered engine idling before, and the long and short of it is that you shouldn't ever idle the engine for more than about 60 seconds. It's also unwise to rev your engine while stopped, especially if the engine isn't warm. If you do, the engine oil won't circulate properly and the catalytic convertor won't work. Extreme temperature shifts are also a problem.
Get Your Vehicle Checked at Christian Brothers
Drive well and keep your car or truck clean top to bottom. You should also be careful to check the lights, oil and tires often. And at regular intervals, bring your car or truck in to your Acworth Christian Brothers garage for a professional checkup.