You can stop your auto from wearing out too early by simply staying away from poor driving.
Often, safe driving for your car is also safer for you because it's safer. Below are a few tips on avoiding these bad habits so your car works better and lasts longer.
Don't Push the Speed Limit
It can be a thrill to race down the highway, passing all the other cars and experiencing tight handling as you travel through the lanes and around the curves. But driving this way can wreck the engine, and the car. Our engine experts at Christian Brothers in Round Rock, Texas advise that most cars do best at between 40 and 60 mph. If you drive faster than that, your engine will use more gas or diesel per mile driven and your transmission will wear out. Also, driving that fast it means extra stress on all your engine parts, and that can cause you to need early repairs. Driving at posted speed limits is the perfect way to show that you love your vehicle.
Don't Shift Improperly
Shifting is a big deal. First, don't ever shift into park or reverse while your car is moving. Next, don't move the gears into park and head off without putting on the parking brake. If you do, the whole vehicle's weight will be resting against the transmission itself. For stick shifts, be careful to remove your foot from the clutch when you aren't shifting. These easy tricks could save you many hundreds of dollars.
Don't Stop and Start Too Quickly
Don't drive like you're in an action movie. Obviously this behavior is far more likely to cause a crash. But beyond that, peeling out at stoplights and then braking hard is rough on your transmission, engine and brakes. It's clear why you want to show off a fast auto, but true car lovers know that you shouldn't abuse it.
Don't Sit and Idle or Rev
We have written about engine idling before, and the long and short of it is that you shouldn't ever idle the engine for more than about sixty seconds. It's also unwise to rev your engine, especially if the engine isn't warm. When you do, the engine will not become lubricated safely and the catalytic converter won't start working. Going straight from cold to hot isn't good either.
Don't Empty the Tank
There are three reasons not to drive close to empty, and only one of them involves running out of gas. One of the other reasons is that sediment in gas or diesel drops to the bottom of your gas tank, so when it's almost empty your fuel pump has to send that grit through the engine. This might cause a clog and will also require your car to work extra hard. The other reason is that for many vehicles, gas or diesel in the tank usually helps cool the fuel pump, making it work better. If you have too little, your fuel pump could overheat and wear out more quickly.
Don't Start Slowly
For safety and a higer mph, realize that there's no reason to accelerate so slowly that you risk the road rage of your fellow road warriors. Some new drivers have been taught not to “jackrabbit” at start, and that's usually smart. But getting going extra slow prevents your auto from normal driving conditions and can put wear on the transmission and engine. The best idea is to drive with traffic.
Come in for a Checkup
In addition to driving wisely, keep your auto clean from the exterior to the interior. You should also be sure to check the lights, oil and tires often. And every so often, bring your ride in to your Round Rock Christian Brothers repair shop for a pro checkup.