To many of us, our car is an important investment, a rite of passage almost. It signifies who we are and where we are heading. Our cars have become a part of the family just as our beloved pets. Unfortunately , many people don’t take very good care of their cars beyond filling them up with gas and driving them through the car wash once in a while. There is more that you can do to take better care of your car and it isn’t that hard to do.
GIC Car Clinic has made a list of some simple steps that you can take to protect your car and make it last many more worry free years to come. Follow these simple steps every day and your car will thank you for it.
- When you first start your car, don’t over-rev, or race, the engine. This doesn’t make it warm up any faster and it can actually damage your engine’s internal parts over time causing it to break down and become an expensive repair bill.
- Don’t let your car sit at idle for long periods of time. The old myth about letting your car warm up in the morning is just that, an old myth. It may have held true for the older cars of that time but it doesn’t any more. Today’s cars are computer controlled and much more efficient making them easier to operate and they usually are ready to drive in less than half a minute even on very cold days.
- With the above point being made, after you take off, drive your car carefully for the first few miles. This will help prevent any wear and tear that will decrease the life of your engine and transmission. This holds especially true on the colder winter mornings when you want your car to be up to operating temperature very quickly but still want optimum fuel efficiency.
- Avoid jack-rabbit starts. What this means is don’t accelerate quickly away from the stop lights. This not only wastes gas, but it will put extra wear on your car’s engine and drivetrain causing you to need more frequent repairs.
- When you are turning, avoid holding the steering wheel in the far left or right position for more than several seconds. It will put excess pressure and heat on the power steering pump causing premature wear and tear.
- Go easy on your tires. Avoid fast starts, turns, and stops. Avoid objects and potholes on the road. Try not to rub the tire against the curb or run over curbs when parking. And of course, don’t spin and burn the tires.
- Avoid short trips, try to consolidate these into one larger, round trip that will use less gas and put less wear and tear on your car from all of the stopping and starting you do while sitting in traffic.
- Finally, if you are stuck in mud or snow, take it easy getting your car out of it. If you are overly aggressive, you could get yourself more stuck or cause the engine and transmission to overheat which could lead to very costly repairs. You might realize that a tow could be a lot cheaper than a new transmission or clutch. Be careful and think the situation through thoroughly before acting.
We here at GIC Car Clinic want you to get the best out of your car and driving experience. By following the above guidelines, your car will not only last longer but you will save money as well.