Usually, the best driving for your car's health is also safer for you. Below are a few tips on avoiding these bad habits so your car works better and lasts longer.
Don't Drive Too Fast
Pushing your car to the max on the interstate can be exciting. But realize that driving this way can wreck the engine, and the car. Our auto experts at Christian Brothers in Spring Hill, TN believe that most cars perform ideally at 40-60 mph. If you drive at higher speeds, the engine will use more gas per mile driven and your transmission may not be able to keep up. Also, operating at top capacity means extra stress throughout the engine, and that can cause you to need early repairs. In the end, driving at the speed limit is the perfect way to show off that you're a proud car owner.
Don't Shift Improperly
It can be tricky to handle the transmission properly. Don't ever move to park or reverse while your car is moving. Also, 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 rest against the transmission instead of the brake. For stick shifts, be careful to remove your foot from the clutch when you aren't shifting. These little habits could save you thousands.
Don't Stop and Start Too Quickly
Don't drive like you're in an action movie. Of course this behavior is far more likely to cause a crash. But furthermore, shotgunning at stoplights and then braking hard is taxing on your engine, your transmission, your suspension system and your brakes. It's easy to understand why you want to show off a fast auto, but we think that showing off breaks cars.
Don't Idle or Rev
If you've read our blog, you know what our mechanics say about idling. It's also unwise to rev your engine, especially if your engine is cold. If you do, the engine will not become lubricated safely and the catalytic convertor won't start working. Extreme temperature shifts are also a problem.
Keep the Tank Half Full
Know about a couple of ways that draining your truck or car of fuel or keeping the level low is unwise. Sediment in gas settles on the bottom of your tank, so when it's almost empty your engine has to send that grit through the fuel lines. This causes buildup and can also require your tiny engine mechanisms to work harder than usual. The other reason is that for many vehicles, fuel in the tank actually helps cool the part that pumps fuel, making it more efficient. If you don't have enough, your fuel pump could get too hot.
Avoid Super Slow Acceleration
Primarily to save gas, know that there's no reason to accelerate more slowly than traffic. Some new drivers have been taught not to push the pedal to the metal, and the general principle is a good one. But getting going at very low speeds stops your engine from normal driving conditions and can tax the engine and transmission. Drive at about the same speed as the drivers around you.
Call us for an Engine Check
In addition to driving wisely, keep your auto clean inside and out. You should also be careful to check the oil, the tires and the lights often. Then, at least every 5,000 miles, bring your auto in to your Spring Hill Christian Brothers repair shop for a diagnostic and analysis.