You can prevent your car or truck from breaking down too early by simply avoiding poor driving.
Bad driving habits themselves can ruin your automobile, and that’s true even if you don’t crash. Read the advice from our expert auto repair team below.
Don’t Speed on the Freeway
Pushing your car to the max on the interstate can be thrilling. But realize that driving too fast can actually be hard on your engine. Our automobile professionals at Christian Brothers in New Braunfels, TX say that most cars perform ideally at 40-60 mph. If you drive at higher speeds, your engine will use more fuel mile by mile and your transmission will be pushed to the max. Also, operating at top capacity means extra stress on all your engine parts, and that can cause it to wear out more quickly. Driving at posted speed limits is a great way to display your pride.
Don’t Shift Like a Novice
Shifting is a big deal. First, don’t ever change directions or park while your car is still moving. Also, don’t move the gears into park and run off without using the E brake. If you do, the whole vehicle’s weight will rest against the transmission itself. For manual transmission vehicles, be careful to remove your foot from the clutch between shifting. These easy things could save you thousands.
Don’t Drive Aggressively
It’s not a race. Of course this behavior is far more likely to cause a crash. But beyond that, peeling out at lights and slamming on the brakes is difficult on your brakes, engine and transmission. It’s only natural to show off a fast car, but we think that trying to show off too much will be destructive down the road.
Don’t Idle or Rev
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 you’re doing so with a cold engine. 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.
Keep the Tank Half Full
There are at least three reasons to avoid driving on low fuel levels, and only 1 involves the risk of walking five blocks holding a gas can. One of the other reasons is that sediment in gas or diesel sinks to the bottom of your gas tank, so when the gas is almost gone your car has to force that sediment through the fuel ignition system. This causes buildup and can also force your tiny engine mechanisms to work a little harder than necessary. Furthermore, gas or diesel in the tank actually helps cool the part that pumps fuel, making it work better. If you don’t have enough, your fuel pump could get hot and wear out easily.
Avoid Slow Acceleration
This one is primarily about fuel economy, but it may also be a matter of personal safety – It’s silly accelerate so slowly that you risk the road rage of your fellow drivers. Some people have been taught not to push the pedal to the metal, and that’s usually smart. But accelerating at very low speeds prevents your auto from working as intended and can put wear on the transmission and engine. You should probably drive with traffic.
Come in for a Checkup
In addition to driving wisely, keep your auto tidy from the exterior to the interior. You should also be sure to check the tires, oil and lights often. And every so often, bring your auto in to your New Braunfels Christian Brothers shop for a pro checkup.