Bad driving habits themselves can destroy your automobile, and that's true even if you don't wreck. Read the advice from our experienced mechanics below.
Avoid Super Slow Acceleration
This one is primarily about fuel economy, but it may also be a matter of personal safety – It's silly accelerate so slowly that you risk theanger of your fellow motorists. Some people have been taught not to dart off from a stop, and that's usually smart. But getting going at very low speeds prevents your car from reaching optimal speed and can tax the engine and transmission. Drive with traffic.
Don't Empty the Tank
Know about two ways that draining your truck or car of gas or keeping the level low is harmful. Sediment in gas or diesel sinks to the bottom of your tank, so when the level is low your car has to send that grit through the fuel lines. This causes buildup and can also require your tiny engine mechanisms to work harder than usual. Also, fuel 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 overheat and wear out more quickly.
Don't Sit and Idle or Rev
If you've read our blog, you know our expert advice on idling. It's also not great to rev your engine, especially if the engine isn't warm. If you do, the engine oil won't circulate properly and the catalytic convertor won't function properly. Furthermore, subjecting all the tiny parts of your engine to extreme shifts in temperature can cause widespread damage.
Don't Stop and Start Too Quickly
You're not Vin Diesel from “Fast and Furious.” One of the most obvious reasons not to drive too fast is that this bad habit is far more likely to cause an accident. But also, shotgunning at lights and then braking hard is taxing on your transmission, engine and brakes. It's only natural to show off a fast auto, but true car lovers know that showing off breaks cars.
Don't Shift Improperly
There are many ways in which bad shifting behavior can damage your transmission or, for that matter, your clutch. We'll just cover a few of the ways. First, don't ever change directions or park while your car is still moving. Next, don't go into park and run off without using the E brake. If you do, the whole vehicle's weight will rest against the transmission. For manual transmission vehicles, be careful not to hold down the clutch when you aren't shifting. These easy habits could save you thousands.
Don't Drive Too Fast
It can be a thrill to race down the interstate, passing all the other cars and proving your handling prowess as you get through the lanes and around the curves. But driving too fast can actually be hard on your engine. Our auto experts at Christian Brothers in College Station believe that most autos do best at forty to sixty miles per hour. If you drive faster than that, the engine will need more fuel per mile driven and your transmission will be pushed to the max. Also, operating at top capacity means extra stress on all your engine parts, and that can cause early wear. In the end, driving at the limit is the perfect way to display your pride.
Call us for an Engine Check
In addition to driving wisely, keep your auto clean top to bottom. You should also be sure to check the lights, oil and tires often. And every so often, bring your ride in to your College Station Christian Brothers shop for a professional checkup.