10 Tips to keep a tip-top engine

Bad driving habits that put pressure on certain parts of your engine will shorten its life, while better driving habits can extend their life.

It’s important for us to preserve our assets, especially our cars, by ensuring that wear and tear is minimized. The next few “do’s and don’ts” aren’t harsh (e.g. don’t break too harshly) but bear in mind that it will all be worth it in the end if it extends the life of your engine and its parts.

African Independent Brokers has 10 tips for driving that will extend the lifetime of your car:

  1. Don’t Ride the Clutch
    Despite the frustrations of edging forward in stop-start traffic, riding the clutch can place strain on the entire clutch system, shortening its lifespan. Try and get into the habit of not resting your left foot on the clutch pedal.
  2. Don’t rev harshly when first starting your vehicle
    When a car has rested for a while, the oil settles to the lowest point that it can and revving the engine harshly when starting does not allow proper circulation of the oil. This could increase the friction in your engine. Like us, a vehicle prefers to be woken up gently.
  3. Don’t drive on empty
    The high fuel price is affecting our pockets (and every sector of the economy). However, driving when close to empty can place strain on the fuel pump, causing it to overheat. The best advice is to always drive with the tank at least half full.
  4. Don’t brake late
    It is better to bring your car to a smooth and gentle stop by looking ahead of you all the time and anticipating the time and space you’ll need to begin your braking. Harsh braking places strain on brakes, wearing pads and discs out much faster.
  5. Don’t drag your brakes on a downhill
    Dragging your brakes on a downhill means that they are constantly working during a descent. This places major strain on them. A better practice would be to gear down on a downhill, applying light braking and then releasing the brakes to allow them to cool.
  6. Don’t overload your vehicle
    Overloading your vehicle will place strain on the brakes, suspension and fuel consumption.
  7. Don’t accelerate harshly in a high gear
    Particularly when carrying heavy loads or climbing hills, don’t let the engine work harder than it needs to, by accelerating harshly in a high gear. Instead, gear down and let the revs climb gradually before gearing up again.
  8. Don’t change drive modes in your automatic before stopping
    An automatic gearbox is designed to shift gears and not bring the vehicle to a stop. Shifting gear before coming to a stop will cause wear and tear on the transmission, which could be costly.
  9. Don’t neglect your warning lights
    The warning lights on your dashboard are the “health” indicators for your vehicle. Make sure you consult your vehicle’s manual so that you know exactly what the various lights mean. When a warning light comes on, address the concern right away
  10. Don’t neglect the service schedule
    A service schedule proposed by a manufacturer is based on the full complexity of the engine and its parts so that optimum performance is achieved. However, failure to adhere to the advised regular services could result in breakdowns or even expensive damage repair.

We want to help keep our clients safer on the road. Therefore, we offer our clients the state-of-the-art Smart-Box which is installed into insured vehicles. Various insurers on our panel offer rewards programmes for good driving behaviour too. Telematics technology provides for flexible cover options and excess structures, and focuses on three key areas:

  • Driving safety
  • Proactive emergency assistance
  • Accurate insurance premiums

Get in touch with a consultant today, to find out more.
Tel: 0861 001 002 or e-mail us: info@africanindependent.co.za

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