Reckless driving habits themselves can destroy your auto, and that's true even if you don't wreck. Read the tips from our experienced mechanics below.
Avoid Super Slow Acceleration
Primarily to save gas, know that It's silly accelerate too slowly. Some people have been taught not to push the pedal to the metal, and the general principle is a good one. But getting going 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.
Keep the Tank Half Full
Know about 2 ways that emptying your engine of diesel or regular gas or keeping the needle low is harmful. Sediment in gas or diesel drops to the bottom of your fuel tank, so when it's almost empty your car has to send that grit through the engine. This causes buildup and can also make your tiny engine mechanisms work extra hard. Also, gas or diesel in the tank actually helps cool the fuel pump, 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 Rev the Engine or Idle for Too Long
If you've read our blog, you know our expert advice on idling. It's also not great to rev your engine, especially if you're doing so with a cold engine. When you do, oil and fluids won't circulate properly and the catalytic convertor won't start working. Going straight from cold to hot isn't good either.
Don't Race and Slam the Brakes
It's not a race. Obviously this bad habit is unsafe. But also, slamming the gas pedal at intersections and braking hard is difficult on your engine, your transmission, your suspension system and your brakes. It's easy to understand why you want to show off a fast vehicle, but realize that trying to show off too much will be destructive down the road.
Don't Shift Like a Novice
Shifting is a big deal. First, don't ever shift into park or reverse while your car is still moving. Next, don't go into park and leave the car without also putting on the parking brake. If it so happens that you do, your whole car will be resting against the transmission itself. For manual shifters, be careful not to hold down the clutch between shifting. These little things could save you thousands.
Don't Speed on the Freeway
It can be a thrill to race down the interstate, passing all the slowpokes and experiencing tight handling as you travel through the lanes and around the curves. However, driving too fast can actually be hard for your engine. Our automobile professionals at Christian Brothers in Murphy, TX believe that most cars and trucks perform ideally at between 40 and 60 mph. If you drive faster than that, your engine will need more gas per mile driven and your transmission will wear out. Also, when you go so fast it means extra stress on all your engine parts, and that can cause it to wear out more quickly. Driving at the speed limit is a great way to show off that you're a proud car owner.
Come in for a Checkup
In addition to driving wisely, keep your auto tidy top to bottom. You should also be sure to check the oil, the tires and the lights often. And every so often, bring your car or truck in to your Murphy Christian Brothers location for a diagnostic and analysis.