Did you know the average age cf a car is just over 11 years? But, it’s possible to keep your car looking and sounding good for a few years longer. Not by replacing every part of the car, but simply by reconsidering your driving habits. Read on to learn some tips to make your car last longer on the road!
Follow the recommended maintenance schedule. You’ll not only be confident that your car is in excellent working order, you’ll increase the overall lifetime of the vehicle. Plus, there will be lower gas bills and fewer emergency repair bills. It’s win-win!
Using the sidewalk to park damages tires. Waiting for the crunch when the wheels brush against the sidewalk is part of the parking regime for drivers who aren’t confident when it comes to parallel parking. Yes, this method ensures the car is positioned correctly, but the tires will be damaged and more likely to cause an accident. There are many cars available that parallel park themselves – see if there are any available on TRED right now!
Don’t rev in the engine — especially in cold temps. Oil gets thicker when it’s cold. When this happens, the oil can’t turn over as easily and engine components do not receive the proper lubrication.
Don’t idle the car for long on cold days. When it’s cold, it takes more energy to start the engine and burn the gas. Letting the car idle warms up the engine too slowly and it emits more pollution. In addition to causing environmental damage, these emissions can block the catalytic converter and ultimately destroy it. It’s better to wait for a short time (30 to 60 seconds if it’s over 10 degrees Fahrenheit, and no more than five minutes if it’s below zero) then gently drive it. Plus, the catalytic converter is one of the most expensive parts to replace due to the pricey precious metals.
Avoid riding the brakes. Knowing you can hit the brakes instantly might make you feel safer, but in reality it’s actually setting yourself up for a major brake failure just when you need them most. Consistent, light pressure on the brakes creates heat, which makes them less effective. It also wears out the pads, rotors and drums.
Dirt hurts. Dirt and other organic materials can build up and damage your car’s paint. Organic material like bird droppings and sap can ruin the top, clear coat of your paint quicker than you think. When paint starts chip off, your car will become more exposed to moisture, which causes the metal to rust.
Don’t ride the clutch. When you’re not confident driving a manual transmission, keeping a foot on the clutch is all too easy. But, this causes premature wear and will ultimately result in clutch failure.
Speeding is bad for the engine. It makes it work harder and will eventually wear it out. It also increases fuel consumption. You can improve your gas mileage up to 15 percent by driving at 55 mph rather than 65 mph.
Accelerating and braking suddenly. As well as using more fuel than necessary, this style of driving puts immense strain on the vehicle’s components.
Pressure washing the engine. Spraying a high powered jet of water will certainly get the engine clean, but it will also dislodge or even break the seals, electrical components or hoses that make it function. If you really want to clean the engine, use a regular garden hose.
Carrying too much. The more you carry, the more wear and tear will occur on the components of the car because they’ll have to work harder at stopping and starting. Additionally, you’ll also burn more fuel. Whenever you can, travel light!
It’s easy to make your car last for a very long time. Obviously, a point will come for every owner when it’s more cost effective to upgrade. Plus, manufacturers are making advancements all the time when it comes to technology, fuel economy and safety. If it’s time for you to replace your vehicle, see what’s on offer on TRED today.