Start by Taking It Easy
Yes, your car’s engine has been designed to run and move your car swiftly, but only when at its operating temperatures. Just take it fairly easy for the first few kilometres until the engine is warm. Not only will this trick save you wear and tear bills, but it’ll save you some fuel as well – engines aren’t usually as fuel-efficient when colder than their recommended operating temperature.
Skip the Potholes
Okay, so this might seem like the most obvious piece of advice to give a driver – new or experienced – but actually, potholes in the road can do more damage to your car than you’d imagine. Consider all the times you’ve been driving along an ever-winding road with a painfully rough surface, and how often you’ve heard a rattle or a squeak that you just can’t seem to put your finger on – for some reason, you’re thinking about them potholes you speed up to get across in hope that you haven’t damaged your car, right? It’s a no-brainer, really. It’s simple, if there’s no way to drive around them, slow your speed right the way down and continue to drive – just take extra precautions!
Look Ahead of You!
Obvious as it might seem to you right now, it’s not always the first thing drivers think of when travelling along any road – long or short – but it’s always important to look at the road ahead, not just so that you can see where it is you’re headed, but to look out for dangerous objects on the road in front of you on your journey. With that said, you’ll want to avoid anything that looks as though it shouldn’t actually be on the road. Either that, or again, reduce your speed so that the impact of damage is much less significant than it would be if you hit the object at speed.
Don’t Get Too Close to Big Trucks!
Getting stuck behind a commercial goods vehicle on the main roads is quite literally inevitable. No matter how hard you try, there’s just no avoiding it at the worst of times. Nonetheless, there’s one thing you can do to avoid the debris and rocks from damaging your car’s paintwork – keep your distance as much as possible if you don’t manage to overtake!
Stop Before Reversing
Never ever decide that it’s a great idea to reverse your car when it’s still moving – this the perfect recipe for an early transmission failure! Regardless of whether or not you’re in a rush to be elsewhere, think about what’s more important – being five minutes late, or countless maintenance bills? You’d much rather be safe, then sorry. Wouldn’t you? It’s always going to feel better having a little extra money in your pocket, so don’t jeopardise it by ignoring these tips! They will save you an awful lot of money in the long-run.
Frank Grimes from Trade Price Cars said, ‘Every driver no matter how experienced would benefit from general driving tips, I’ve been driving for nearly 40 years now and I’m still learning new things!’