Truck or car breakdowns can seem very unpredictable, but how you care for your truck or car can make a big difference in the amount of wear that auto receives.
Reckless driving habits themselves can destroy your car, and that’s true even if you don’t crash. Below are a few tips on avoiding these bad habits so your car works better and lasts longer.
Don’t Accelerate Too Slowly
Primarily to save gas, know that there’s no reason to accelerate so slowly that you risk the anger of your fellow motorists. Some people have been taught not to “jackrabbit” at start, and the general principle is a good one. But starting extra slow prevents your car from normal driving conditions and can tax the engine and transmission. You should probably drive at about the same speed as the autos around you.
Don’t Drive on Empty
There are three reasons to avoid driving on low fuel levels, and only one of them involves running out of gas. 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 engine has to push the grit through the engine. This causes buildup and can also cause your tiny engine mechanisms to work harder than usual. The other reason is that for many vehicles, gas or diesel in the tank actually helps cool the fuel pump, making it more efficient. If you don’t have enough, your fuel pump could overheat and wear out more quickly.
Don’t Rev the Engine or Idle for Too Long
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, oil and fluids won’t circulate properly and the catalytic converter won’t function properly. Furthermore, this cold-to-hot behavior can cause widespread damage.
Don’t Race and Slam the Brakes
It’s not a race. One of the most obvious reasons not to drive too fast is that this driving habit is dangerous. But also, shotgunning at stoplights and braking hard is taxing on your brakes, engine and transmission. It’s easy to understand why you want to show off a fast car, but realize that this could be potentially dangerous to you and your vehicle.
Don’t Shift Improperly
There are many instances in which sloppy shifting behavior can wreck your transmission or, for that matter, your clutch. We’ll just cover a few of the ways. First, don’t ever change directions or park while your car is still moving. Next, don’t move the gears into park and head off without putting on the parking brake. When you do, all the weight of your car will rest against the transmission. For manual shifters, be careful to remove your foot from the clutch when you aren’t shifting. These simple tricks could save you cash in the long run.
Don’t Speed on the Freeway
It can be a thrill to race down the interstate, passing all the slower cars and proving your handling prowess as you travel through the lanes and around the curves. But realize that driving too fast can be hard on your engine. Our engine experts at Christian Brothers in Suwanee, GA believe that most cars do best at 40-60 mph. If you drive at higher speeds, the engine will need more gas or diesel mile by mile and your transmission will wear out. Also, driving that fast means extra stress throughout the engine, and that can cause you to need early repairs. In the end, driving safely is the perfect way to display your pride.
Call us for an Engine Check
Drive well and keep your ride tidy top to bottom. You should also be sure to check the tires, oil and lights often. And every so often, bring your car or truck in to your Suwanee Christian Brothers garage for a professional checkup.