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How to drive a car to make it last longer?

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Have you ever noticed how some older vehicles appear to be brand new while others of the same vintage are falling apart? While maintenance plays a role, daily driving habits also play a significant role.

Here are daily driving tips to help you keep your car in good shape and making your car last longer. 

1. Stay Away from Potholes

This may seem obvious, but it’s still surprising how many people drive right through potholes when there’s plenty of room to avoid them. When these are deep, they can cause damage not only to the tyre and wheel but also to the suspension and steering components.

Avoiding or slowing down for potholes will benefit the entire car, as these repetitive impacts tend to loosen various items in the car, causing rattles and squeaks.

2. Do not Follow Trucks Closely

You might not have much of a choice, being stuck behind a truck is unavoidable. However, as the driver of your vehicle, you have control over how closely you follow the said truck. 

It is not only safer to leave a greater distance, but it also protects your car from flying rocks and other debris, which can damage the paint, headlights, and windshield over time. Staying far away from a poorly maintained older truck means fewer black fumes enter the filter of your ventilation system.

3. Smoothness is Essential

Smoothness in your actions behind the wheel is critical, not only for the stability of the vehicle while moving but also for the longevity of the vehicle’s components. Start braking slowly and a little earlier than usual, so you don’t have to make panic stops all the time. 

The same is true for changing lanes or merging into traffic. By going smoothly, the various mechanical parts of the car will not be damaged and will be able to work as intended for a longer period of time. 

4. Come to a Complete Stop Before Reversing

How frequently do you, in a hurry, shift into reverse (R) while the car is still moving? That is the best recipe for a transmission failure early on. Before shifting, come to a complete stop; this applies to any shifting action. Shifting before this full stop requires the transmission to bear the brunt of the momentum while shifting, which causes unnecessary wear and tear over time.

Make sure to do the same when shifting into park (P). Shifting into park on an automatic transmission means engaging a very small lever to lock a gear; that lever is not designed to stop the car, and having to do so too frequently will result in premature wear and tear.

5. Steer While Rolling

Whenever possible, steer only when the car is moving. Even if you’re doing a parallel parking maneuver, start the car rolling before turning the steering wheel. This will prevent excessive strain on the steering rack and components, which is the leading cause of steering rack failure. Turning the wheels while still standing puts a tremendous strain on the entire steering system because it has to contend with tyre and asphalt friction while the entire weight of the vehicle is on them.

6. Schedule Errands in a Single Round

Wondering how to prolong your engine’s life? Try to complete all of your errands for the day in one trip as much as possible. Nothing is more damaging to an engine than running it for only short distances while it is cold. When you run all of your errands at once, you reduce the amount of time the engine is running cold and increase the likelihood that it will stay at operating temperatures.

Following these daily driving tips with a little caution and understanding of your vehicle will help contribute to take care of your car. For more information, and for more car maintenance tips, visit our website