Driving Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Engine

While performing routine maintenance is a must to keep the car in a good condition, it is important to drive reasonably. Driving habits have a direct effect on the lifespan of the vehicle. To prolong the life of your vehicle, be aware of the following tips.

When driving on a cold day, let your car warm up first.  It’s well known that the cold weather is tough on a car’s engine. It is harder for the car to burn a gasoline and for the moving parts to operate when the oil is cold and thick. The best option is to turn the engine on, wait about 30 seconds to a minute at most, and then gently drive the car until it warms up without working it too hard.

Don’t speed: Driving fast wastes gas, increases emissions and is definitely dangerous as you might lose control of the vehicle when driving even a few miles over the speed limit.

The ideal cruising speed for most cars and trucks is about 50 to 55 miles per hour (80.5 to 88.5 kilometers per hour). To cruise at 60 miles per hour (96.6 kilometers per hour), it is required about 73 percent more horsepower and at 70 miles per hour (112.7 kilometers per hour) nearly 160 percent more horsepower. Now think how much harder your engine has to work to put out that kind of power.

Do not overload your car: Smaller cars and smaller engines have a hard time towing big object, so do not overload your car.

Shift gears properly: It’s important to be in the correct gear when driving. If you have a manual transmission, you should shift gears properly. If you have an automatic transmission, shifting gears should not be a problem as the car will take care of itself.

Consider the break-in period: The car’s first 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) is usually known as the break-in period. During the break-in period the piston rings need to get accustomed to their role in a car and shape themselves to the engine’s cylinders. This takes time and requires careful driving. The car may continue to burn oil down the line if the rings aren’t seated correctly.

Hope these tips help you prolong the life of your engine.