Start Out Right
There is a “break-in” period when a new car settles into all of its manufactured parts.
• Keep a light touch on the accelerator and stay around 55 mph for the first 1,000 miles. No jackrabbit starts at the stop light!
• During this initial period, don’t tow heavy loads or try to carry extremely heavy items in the trunk. This places a strain on the transmission and drives train, which is also settling in.
• Try not to let your car idle for long periods of time. The oil pressure is still stabilizing in the car, and oil may not get to all of the right places sufficiently during idling.
Get Some New Driving Habits
After the initial break-in period, continue driving in ways that get the most out of your car without prematurely aging it. Don’t race the engine in an attempt to get it to warm up faster.
This puts a strain on parts that are already under stress because the oil pressure hasn’t built up enough to lubricate all of the engine parts.Also changing engine oil right on time is very effective to maintain a healthy engine performance.
Start your car moving slowly. Remember, it's manufactured to handle slow and steady increases of speed.
Reminder: Be mindful that your tires are the only things touching the ground. Every bump and pothole you hit can wear out tires faster. Plus, the energy of hitting something is transferred up into the suspension of the car, wearing out shocks and springs.
Lighten Your Load
Maybe it sounds silly, but take a look at your keychain. Like many people, you probably have multiple car keys on it, along with house keys, work keys, and a few unidentified keys.
Adding to that a little knife, flashlight and a couple pictures of the kids on little key fobs they handmade, and you suddenly have a pound of weight hanging from the ignition switch. This can put stress on the switch and cause damage to the steering column. Items on your key chain also swing back and forth, wearing the finish off of anything they rub against.
Recommendation: Buy a keychain that allows you to quickly detach your ignition key so that it is the only thing hanging from the ignition switch.
There are other similar ways you can reduce the overall load of your car. Another example could be having a space saver spare tire instead of the original.
Park in the Shade
Park in a shady spot, or use a windshield sunscreen if you can’t find shade. Direct sun on your car's interior can heat things up quickly, causing material on the seats and dash to fade (and creating a sticky situation for you when you get into the car).
Fix Little Problems Before Turning Big Ones
If you have rock chip damage, get it fixed quickly. Weather-stripping can get torn, seat material can get punctured, and chrome bumpers or door handles can be scratched and dented. Ignoring these "little" things can result in bigger, more expensive problems that you’ll have to address in the future. You can properly take care of your car interior in the right way and get the most life of it.
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