You can prevent your car or truck from breaking down too soon by avoiding unwise driving.
In many cases, safe driving for your car is also good for your health. Read the tips from our expert auto repair team below.
Avoid Really Slow Acceleration
For safety and a higher mph, realize that it's not a good idea to accelerate more slowly than traffic. Some new drivers have been taught not to “jackrabbit” at start, and this is generally true. But starting too slowly stops your engine from normal driving conditions and can put wear on the transmission and engine. The best idea is to drive with traffic.
Don't Drive on Empty
There are 3 main reasons to avoid driving on low fuel levels, and only one of them involves getting stranded. One of the other reasons is that sediment in gas or diesel settles on the bottom of your gas tank, so when it's almost empty your fuel pump has to send that grit through the fuel lines. This causes buildup and can also require your tiny engine mechanisms to work extra hard. Furthermore, gas in the tank helps cool the fuel pump, making it last longer and work better. If you have too little, your fuel pump could get hot and wear out easily.
Don't Rev the Engine or Idle
If you've read our blog, you know our expert advice on idling. It's also a bad idea to rev your engine, especially if the engine isn't warm. When you do, the engine oil won't circulate properly and the catalytic converter won't work. Furthermore, subjecting all the tiny parts of your engine to extreme shifts in temperature can lead to widespread damage.
Don't Race and Slam the Brakes
It's not a race. Obviously this bad habit is unsafe. But furthermore, shotgunning at stoplights and slamming on the brakes is taxing on your engine, your transmission, your suspension system and your brakes. It's clear why you want to show off a fast car, but true car lovers know that showing off can break cars.
Don't Shift Like a Novice
Shifting is a big deal. First, don't ever move to park or reverse while your car is still moving. Also, don't move the gears into park and head off without putting on the parking brake. If you do, all the weight of your car or truck will be resting against the transmission instead of the brake. For manual shifters, be careful to remove your foot from the clutch between shifting. These simple habits could save you thousands.
Don't Push the Speed Limit
Pushing your car to the max on the interstate can be a rush. However, driving this way can wreck the engine, and the car. Our auto professionals at Christian Brothers in McKinney, TX believe that most autos perform best at between 40 and 60 mph. If you drive at higher speeds, the engine will use more fuel per mile driven and your transmission will wear out. Also, operating at top capacity means extra stress throughout the engine, and that can cause you to need early repairs. Driving safely is the best way to show that you love your vehicle.
Get Your Vehicle Checked at Christian Brothers
Drive with the right habits keep your car or truck clean top to bottom. You should also be careful to check the oil, the tires and the lights regularly. Then, at least every 5,000 miles, bring your auto in to your McKinney Christian Brothers repair shop for a diagnostic and analysis.