Often, safe driving for your car is also ideal for your own health. Read the advice from our experienced auto repair team below.
Don't Speed on the Freeway
Driving as fast as possible on the freeway can be thrilling. However, driving too fast can actually be hard for your engine. Our automobile experts at Christian Brothers in Garland, TX say that most cars and trucks do best at between 40 and 60 mph. If you drive at higher speeds, the engine will use more gas or diesel per mile driven and your transmission will be pushed to the max. Also, when you go so fast it means extra stress throughout the engine, and that can cause you to need early repairs. Driving at posted speed limits is a great way to show that you love your vehicle.
Don't Shift Improperly
It can be tricky to handle the transmission properly. We'll just go over a few of the ways. First, don't ever shift into park or reverse while your car is still moving. Next, don't shift into park and head off without putting on the parking brake. If it so happens that you do, the whole vehicle's weight will be resting against the transmission itself. For stick shifts, be careful to remove your foot from the clutch when you aren't shifting. These easy things could save you many hundreds of dollars.
Don't Drive Aggressively
You're not Vin Diesel from “Fast and Furious.” One of the most obvious reasons not to drive too fast is that this driving habit is far more likely to cause a wreck. But beyond that, peeling out at stoplights and slamming on the brakes is taxing on your brakes, engine and transmission. It's only natural to show off a fast car, but we think that showing off breaks cars.
Don't Idle or Rev
We have covered engine idling before, and the best advice is that you shouldn't ever idle the engine for more than about sixty seconds. It's also a bad idea to rev your engine while stopped, especially if your engine is cold. If you do, oil and fluids won't circulate properly and the catalytic converter won't work. Extreme temperature shifts are also a problem.
Don't Drive on Empty
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 drops to the bottom of your fuel tank, so when it's almost empty your fuel pump has to force that sediment through the engine. Even if this doesn't clog the lines, which it could, it does force your car to work harder than usual. The other reason is that for many vehicles, gas or diesel in the tank actually helps cool the part that pumps fuel, making it last longer and work better. If you have too little, your fuel pump could get hot and wear out easily.
Don't Accelerate Slowly
This one is primarily about fuel economy, but it may also be a matter of personal safety – there's no reason to accelerate too slowly. Some new drivers have been taught not to push the pedal to the metal, and generally true. But starting extra slow stops your auto from normal driving conditions and can tax the engine and transmission. You should probably drive with traffic.
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 auto in to your Garland Christian Brothers repair shop for a pro checkup.