Usually, good driving for your car is also safer for you because it's safer. Read the tips from our experienced mechanics below.
Don't Drive on Empty
There are at least three reasons not to let your fuel gauge get too close to empty, and only one of them involves the risk of walking 5 miles with a gas can. One of the other reasons is that sediment in fuel settles on the bottom of your fuel tank, so when the gas is almost gone your car has to force that sediment through the fuel ignition system. This might cause a clog and will also make your tiny engine mechanisms work extra hard. The other reason is that for many vehicles, fuel in the tank helps cool the fuel pump, making it work better. If you have too little, your fuel pump could overheat and wear out more quickly.
Don't Stop and Start Too Quickly
It's not a race. Of course this behavior is far more likely to cause an accident. But beyond that, shotgunning at lights and slamming on the brakes is difficult on your brakes, engine and transmission. It's only natural to show off a fast vehicle, but realize that showing off breaks cars.
Don't Push the Speed Limit
It can be a thrill to race down the interstate, passing all the slower cars and experiencing tight handling as you weave through the lanes and around the curves. But driving like this can break the car. Our automobile experts at Christian Brothers in Burleson, TX believe that most trucks and cars perform best at 40-60 mph. If you go faster, the engine will burn more gas per mile driven and your transmission will wear out. Also, driving that fast means extra stress on all your engine parts, and that can cause early wear. In the end, driving at posted speed limits is the best way to display your pride.
Don't Accelerate Slowly
Primarily to save gas, know that It's silly to accelerate more slowly than traffic. Some people have been taught not to dart off from a stop, and this is generally true. But accelerating at very low speeds prevents your auto from working as intended and can tax the engine and transmission. The best idea is to drive at about the same speed as the drivers around you.
Don't Shift Improperly
It can be tricky to handle the transmission properly. We'll just go over a few of the ways. Don't ever move to park or reverse while your car is still moving. Next, don't go into park and run off without using the E brake. If it so happens that you do, all the weight of your truck or car will rest against the transmission instead of the brake. For manual transmission vehicles, be careful not to hold down the clutch between shifting. These little habits could save you thousands of dollars.
Don't Sit and Idle or Rev
If you've read our blog, you know our thoughts on idling. It's also unwise to rev your engine while stopped, especially if the engine isn't warm. When you do, the engine oil won't circulate properly and the catalytic convertor won't start working. Extreme temperature shifts are also a problem.
Call us for an Engine Check
Drive well and keep your ride clean from top to bottom. You should also be sure to check the oil, the tires and the lights regularly. Then, at least every 5,000 miles, bring your ride in to your Burleson Christian Brothers location for a pro checkup.