Usually, the best driving for your car's health is also ideal for your own health. Read the tips from our experienced auto repair specialists below.
Don't Accelerate Too Slowly
This one is primarily about fuel economy, but it may also be a matter of personal safety – It's silly start driving more slowly than traffic. Some drivers have been taught not to “jackrabbit” at start, and the general principle is a good one. But accelerating at very low speeds stops your car from normal driving conditions and can put wear on the transmission and engine. Drive with traffic.
Don't Empty the Tank
Know about a couple of ways that draining your car or truck of diesel or regular gas or keeping the tank low is unwise. Sediment in gas or diesel drops to the bottom of your fuel tank, so when the gas is almost gone your car has to force that sediment through the fuel lines. Even if this doesn't clog the lines, which it could, it does require your tiny engine mechanisms to work harder than usual. Also, gas in the tank usually helps cool the fuel pump, making it work better. If you don't have sufficient fuel in the tank, your fuel pump could overheat and wear out more quickly.
Don't Rev the Engine or Idle for Too Long
If you've read our blog, you know what our mechanics say about idling. It's also not great to rev your engine while stopped, especially if your engine is cold. If you do, the engine will not become lubricated safely and the catalytic converter won't function properly. Going straight from cold to hot isn't good anyway.
Don't Stop and Start Too Quickly
It's not a race. Obviously this bad habit is dangerous. But beyond that, slamming the gas pedal at intersections and braking hard is rough on your engine, your transmission, your suspension system and your brakes. It's clear why you want to show off a fast auto, but realize that showing off breaks cars.
Don't Abuse the Transmission
There are several ways in which sloppy shifting behavior can wear out your transmission. We'll just cover a few of the ways. Don't ever change directions or park while your car is still moving. Also, don't go into park and run off without using the E brake. When you do, the whole vehicle's weight will be resting against the transmission instead of the brake. For manual transmission vehicles, be careful to remove your foot from the clutch between shifting. These easy habits could save you cash in the long run.
Don't Drive Too Fast
Pushing your car to the max on the interstate can be thrilling. But driving this way can wreck the engine, and the car. Our auto team at Christian Brothers in Dacula says that most autos do best at between 40 and 60 mph. If you drive faster than that, the engine will use more gas per mile driven and your transmission will wear out. Also, operating at top capacity 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 display your pride.
Come in for a Checkup
Drive well and keep your ride tidy from the exterior to the interior. You should also be sure to check the lights, oil and tires often. And at regular intervals, bring your car or truck in to your Dacula Christian Brothers garage for a pro checkup.