Don't Drive on Empty
There are three reasons to avoid driving on low fuel levels, and only one involves running out of gas. One of the other reasons is that sediment in fuel settles on the bottom of your tank, so when it's almost empty your engine has to force that sediment through the engine. This causes buildup and can also force your engine to work a little harder than necessary. Also, fuel in the tank actually helps cool the part that pumps fuel, making it work better. If you don't have sufficient gas in the tank, your fuel pump could get hot and wear out easily.
Don't Drive Aggressively
You're not Vin Diesel from “Fast and Furious.” Of course this driving habit is unsafe. But also, shotgunning at lights and braking hard is difficult 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 Push the Speed Limit
It can be a thrill to race down the freeway, passing all the slowpokes and experiencing tight handling as you get through the lanes and around the curves. But realize that driving this way can wreck the engine, and the car. Our engine experts at Christian Brothers in Lubbock, TX, advise that most cars perform ideally at between 40 and 60 mph. If you go faster, the engine will need more gas per mile driven and your transmission may not be able to keep up. Also, when you go so fast it means extra stress on all the small moving parts of your engine, and that can cause early wear. In the end, driving safely is the perfect way to show that you love your vehicle.
Don't Accelerate Slowly
For safety and a higher mph, realize that It's silly accelerate too slowly. Some drivers have been taught not to “jackrabbit” at start, and that's usually smart. But starting too slowly stops your car from normal driving conditions and can make the transmission and engine work extra hard. You should probably drive at expected speeds.
Don't Abuse the Transmission
Shifting is a big deal. First, don't ever shift into park or reverse while your car is still moving. Also, don't shift into park and run off without using the E brake. If it so happens that you do, the whole vehicle's weight will be resting against the transmission instead of the brake. For stick shifts, be careful not to hold down the clutch between shifting. These simple habits could save you thousands.
Don't Idle or Rev
We have covered engine idling in a previous blog, and the truth is that you shouldn't ever idle the engine for more than about 60 seconds. It's also a bad idea to rev your engine, especially if your engine is cold. When you do, the engine oil won't circulate properly and the catalytic convertor won't work. Going straight from cold to hot isn't good either.
Call us for an Engine Check
Drive well and keep your auto tidy top to bottom. You should also be careful to check the oil, the tires and the lights often. And every so often, bring your car or truck in to your Lubbock Christian Brothers shop for a professional checkup.