Driving Habits That Improve the Longevity of Your Vehicle

Driving Habits That Improve the Longevity of Your Vehicle

Your vehicle is your prized possession. Caring for it goes far beyond routine cleaning and servicing. The way you treat your car while driving will impact how smooth it drives and how it wears down. Here are a few habits that can help your car last longer.

1. Get Used to Your Vehicle During the Break-in

After you have purchased a new car, there’s a break-in period where you shouldn’t drive aggressively. This allows you to get familiar with your new vehicle slowly, and allows the oil and lubricants to circulate in the engine. Many car manufacturers specify how long a specific model’s break in period lasts in the car owner’s manual. In some cases, the manufacturer does not recommend a break in period because the engine had time to break in during the manufacturing and testing process.

Still, it is advised that you take extra care of your vehicle during this time. Once this period is over, it’s recommended to take the car in for a service or oil change.

2. Warm Up Your Car Before Driving

Just like athletes need a warm-up before performing, your automobile needs to warm up before the day’s drive. Always allow a good ten or twenty seconds after you start your car to pull out of the driveway. This gives the lubricant time to flow through the mechanical parts. Never push the accelerator too harshly, even after a traffic light or stop sign.

3. Don’t Stay Parked for Long

Your vehicle needs to be used often. Using it circulates the lubricants and keeps the battery charged. The battery will drain and parts may run dry if the car is left unused for too long, especially during the winter. Your tire pressure will lower if you don’t take it out for a spin every once in a while.

4. Bumpy Rides Affect Your Car’s Health

Be very careful when you drive over speed bumps. Slow down and be cautious. This will prevent damage to the suspension and shock absorbing system. The tires are the first to be affected by harsh driving. Tire pressure and wheel alignments can be thrown off by bad roads. Check your tire pressure and make sure it’s the same as the recommended pressure in the manual for a safer drive. The right tire pressure is necessary for your safety, fuel economy and the longevity of your car.

5. Pack Light

Your car should never be overloaded. This puts additional strain on the brakes, tires, and mechanical parts. It can cause accelerated wear and tear of tires and alter the wheel balance. This could also put you in danger, as an overloaded car can’t hold the road as smoothly. It’s also more difficult to stop an overloaded vehicle, because the engine has to work harder when you accelerate or brake an overloaded vehicle. This causes more wear and tear, which can lead to costly maintenance.

Swear by this guide to improve your driving habits to keep your car running smooth.