7 smart driving tips to make your car last

July 29, 2015

  1.  Don't race your car's engine during start-up, especially if it's cold outside. This is a quick way to add years of wear to your engine.
  2. Accelerate slowly when you begin your drive. The most wear to the engine and drive train occurs in the first ten to twenty minutes of operation.
  3. Warming the engine by letting it idle in the driveway is not a smart idea. The engine doesn't operate at its peak temperature, resulting in incomplete fuel combustion, soot deposits on cylinder walls, oil contamination, and ultimately damaged components.
  4. Put less strain on your engine and automatic transmission by shifting to neutral at red lights. Otherwise, the engine is still working to push the car even while it's stopped.
  5. Avoid driving at high speeds and accelerating quickly, especially when it's very hot or very cold outside. Such driving behaviour will result in more frequent repairs.• Extend the life of your tires with careful driving. Observe posted speed limits. Avoid fast starts, stops and turns. Avoid potholes and objects on the road. Don't run over curbs or hit the tire against the curb when parking. And, of course, don't burn rubber.
  6. When turning your steering wheel, don't hold it in an extreme right or left position for more than a few seconds. Doing so can damage the power-steering pump.
  7. Consolidate your short driving trips. Most of the wear and tear — as well as the pollution your car generates — takes place in the first few minutes of driving. Doing several errands at once, during low traffic hours if possible, will keep your engine happier longer.
7 smart driving tips to make your car last
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