10 Driving Tips Everyone Should Know to Save Your Car’s Life

Our usual driving habits and the maintenance determine the car’s life. We all know that driving is simple, while most do not know how to properly do the maintenance. Take the parking for example, most drivers will directly turn off the engine when parking. This is very convenient, but it is likely to cause impact on the engine. Just one more step before parking, may save the engine more than 5 years. How to extend the life of the car? Here are the 15 driving tips everyone should know.

1. Running in Period

Reducing the number of emergency brakes can increase the life of the car. Frequent use of emergency braking will not only increase the impact load on the chassis and engine of the car, but also affect the braking system of the car, especially for new cars in running in period. During the running in period, it is recommended to keep the speed of the car at about 80km/h and not to exceed 100km/h. Please minimize hard braking to save your car’s life.


2. Gas Tips

We all want to get more gas for the same amount of money. The slower you fill up, the less air will enter your tank and the more gas you will get. Choose the right grade of gasoline. Although high grade gasoline can prevent the engine from popping, it has more harmful effects. If the gasoline grade is not consistent with the engine, it will change the ignition time and cause an increase in carbon buildup in the cylinder, which will shorten the life of the engine in the long run. Low grade gasoline would increase fuel consumption, and also the engine injector carbon, which will lead the car into a high failer rate.


3. Wax Two or Three Times a Year

Unpainted surface of the body will make the car look dusty and reduce the value of your car book itself. Car waxing can remove minor scratches and reduce the adherence of water droplets on the car. Sunlight and ultraviolet rays cause the car paint to age and fade. The film formed by waxing will reflect part of the light, effectively avoiding the aging of the car paint. Car waxing can prevent static electricity and dust, so that the car paint looks more shiny.


4. Clean Your Car Wheels with Coke

You may probably think how could that be possible. The soda will definitely stick to more dirt. But not if you mix Coke and detergent together. The detergent will prevent dirt from collecting. So the mixture will remove the dirt dust from the tires.


5. Use Nail Polish On Small Scratches

Small scratches are usually not worth the money to get professionally repaired, but it looks annoying when driving around. You don’t believe you can do it yourself. All it takes is a little nail polish to cover up scratches nicely. Just find a nail polish color that matches your car’s paint and you’ll be done. It’s generally not very visible unless you look specifically for it.


6. Emergency Headlight Cleaning

Have you ever suddenly noticed that your headlights are particularly dirty? Especially when you’re in a hurry. Maybe you have something at home that can help. It is toothpaste! This is because it has a mild abrasive that cleans the enamel. Toothpaste will make your headlights clear again. If your headlights are turning yellow and toothpaste isn’t working, you may want to consider replacing it.


7. Put stockings on your wipers

In bad rainy and snowy weather, we have to turn on our wipers to maximum power in order to have a clearer view of the road. But if there is dirt caught in the wipers, it is likely to scratch the windows. A great way to avoid scratches is to put stockings on your wipers! They will protect your windshield from scratches. They also prevents ice buildup. The stockings work really well.


8. Checking the Gas Gauge

When the gas indicator light on the dashboard comes on, you need to refuel immediately, otherwise it can be potentially dangerous. Frequent lack of gasoline can damage your car’s engine. It is recommended that you check your car’s gas tank every 14 days. Remember that you need to fill up before you travel.


9. Check tire pressure

If your car’s tire pressure is too low, the tires will heat up quickly when driving at high speeds, causing the tread to be worn out more easily and endangering lives. How can you avoid this risk? Check the tire pressure every two weeks, and you need to inflate the tires before you travel.


10. Interior cleaning and maintenance

When we perform routine maintenance on our cars, we usually focus only on the exterior and maintenance of important parts of the car, but often neglect the cleaning of the interior. Please apply neutral or weak acidic cleaners and clean the interior of your car according to the three steps of dusting, cleaning and maintenance. Ensure that the instrument control panel, roof, rear cylinder platform, seats, floor velvet, inner door panels, etc. are thoroughly cleaned and fully maintained. It is safe and environmentally friendly and will not cause any harm to human body.


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Written by Debra Strauss

Debra, a culinary mother, is a three-child mother who graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a bachelor's degree in economics and Chinese.

Debra loves living and sharing and is currently working full-time on article writing.