4 Ways You Can Change Your Driving Habits to Increase Your Vehicle’s Longevity
People are starting to keep their vehicles longer than ever. That’s partly down to the economy, but it also owes a lot to the durability of modern models. However, these new cars aren’t indestructible, and there are several ways in which you can change your driving style to help keep yours running smoothly for longer.
Start It Easy
Some people erroneously gun the engine upon ignition in order to ‘warm it up’. This is like warming up your body by doing a 500m sprint; you can’t challenge yourself like that when your muscles are cold, and you can’t push a cold engine.
If an engine has been idle for more than five hours, it’s going to have little to no oil left. This will have seeped into the oil pan, and needs a tiny bit of time to get pumped around again to provide lubrication. Try waiting at least 30 seconds after ignition before getting into gear and pressing the accelerator.
Contain Your Inner Racer
Even once warmed up, you should keep taking your car’s health into account. Full-throttle acceleration isn’t going to make too much difference if it only happens occasionally, but habitually pushing the vehicle will create wear. You’ll even save money by avoiding such driving; it has been found that a calmer driving style can enhance fuel efficiency by up to 35%.
Additionally, if you’re using a manual transmission system then make sure you shift gears naturally, and never put the vehicle into reverse until you’ve come to a complete stop. This places easily avoidable stress on the transmission system’s internal components.
Keep it Steady
Maintaining a steady speed is far better for your vehicle than speeding up and then slowing down. This doesn’t just place strain on your engine and make your brakes wear out faster, but also increases emissions and wastes your petrol.
Keep this in mind when coming to a stop. Let the vehicle come to as gradual a stop as possible by easing off on the acceleration and shifting to a lower gear.
Take the Scenic Route
Taking many short trips can decrease the life of your vehicle since its engine will rarely reach optimal operating temperature. The stress of starting a vehicle only to put it through a ten minute journey is bad enough, but there’s a lesser known problem which is just as damaging.
Engine combustion produces water, which is turned to vapour and expelled once the correct operating temperature is achieved. When this doesn’t occur, that water stays in your engine and exhaust, drastically increasing the likelihood of rust developing.
Make these simple changes, and your vehicle will stay in peak conditions.