Usually, the best driving for your car is also ideal for your own health. Below are a few tips on avoiding these bad habits so your car works better and lasts longer.
Don't Speed on the Freeway
It can be a thrill to race down the freeway, passing all the slower cars and proving your handling prowess as you get through the lanes and around the curves. However, driving this way can wreck the engine, and the car. Our automobile team at Christian Brothers in Houston advises that most autos perform best at 40-60 mph. If you drive at higher speeds, you will burn more gas or diesel per mile driven and your transmission may not be able to keep up. Also, when you go so fast it means extra stress throughout the engine, and that can cause it to wear out more quickly. In the end, driving safely is a great way to show that you love your vehicle.
Don't Shift Like a Novice
Shifting is a big deal. Don't ever change directions or park while your car is moving. Also, don't move the gears into park and leave the car without also putting on the parking brake. If you do, the whole vehicle's weight will be resting against the transmission. For manual shifters, be careful to remove your foot from the clutch between shifting. These little things could save you thousands.
Don't Drive Aggressively
It's not a race. Obviously this driving habit is far more likely to cause an accident. But also, shotgunning at stoplights and slamming on the brakes is taxing on your transmission, engine and brakes. It's only natural to show off a fast vehicle, but realize that showing off could have a negative impact on your car down the road.
Don't Idle or Rev
We have talked about engine idling in a previous blog, and the best advice is that you should avoid idling for more than about one minute. It's also not great to rev your engine, especially if your engine is cold. If you do, the engine will not become lubricated safely and the catalytic converter won't work. Furthermore, subjecting all the tiny parts of your engine to extreme shifts in temperature can mean widespread damage.
Don't Drive on Empty
Know about two ways that emptying your truck or car of gas or keeping the tank low is unwise. Sediment in gas sinks to the bottom of your fuel tank, so when it's almost empty your car has to push the grit through the engine. Even if this doesn't clog the lines, which it could, it does force your tiny engine mechanisms to work harder than usual. The other reason is that for many vehicles, gas in the tank actually helps cool the part that pumps fuel, making it work better. If you have too little, your fuel pump could overheat and wear out more quickly.
Avoid Slow Acceleration
For safety and a higher mph, realize that It's silly accelerate so slowly that you risk the road rage of your fellow road warriors. Some new drivers have been taught not to dart off from a stop, and that's usually smart. But getting going too slowly stops your auto from working as intended and can make the transmission and engine work extra hard. The best idea is to drive with traffic.
Call us for an Engine Check
In addition to driving wisely, keep your car or truck clean top to bottom. You should also be careful to check the lights, oil and tires often. And every so often, bring your car or truck in to your Houston Christian Brothers location for a diagnostic and analysis.