Is your driving normal or severe? What maintenance schedule is right for your car? The answer may surprise you! Let’s say you put 50,000 miles per year on your car. Would you consider your driving pattern normal or severe? Believe it or not a vehicle that accumulates annual high mileage is considered normal driving. The reason is based on mile for mile. On long road trips the engine has time to warm up and burns contaminates in the oil. The transmission doesn’t shift as frequently with freeway driving (of course we are excluding our California freeways rush hour traffic) and the brakes are not applied as often. With more miles it usually indicates driving on long stretches of road which is less of a workout on the tires and suspension.
So why would 10,000 miles a year on your vehicle be considered severe driving? So many people think that the fewer miles you put on the car, the longer it will last. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Annual low mileage indicates that the vehicle does not have ample time to warm up all the way before it is turned off, so the oil may become easily contaminated. The driving patter is stop and go, so the transmission is consistently up shifting and downshifting causing it to work harder and along with stop and go traffic, the brakes, tires and suspension are getting a real workout.
According to the AAA Auto Guide, Making Sense of Car Care by John Nielsen, below is a list of conditions that could be considered as severe driving and will help you determine with your auto repair facility the best maintenance schedule for your vehicle:
– Short trips and local driving
– Stop-and-go driving
– Sustained high-speed driving
– Extremely cold or hot weather
– Wet or snow-covered or icy road
– Dirty air, caused by construction or dirt roads
– Excessive idling
– Towing a boat, camper or trailer
– Driving at high altitudes
Know family owned and operated Val & Mike’s Auto Repair can assist you and recommend the best maintenance for your vehicle based on your driving pattern. We are the secret the car dealers don’t want you to know about. With our experienced service technicians and with over 40 years of automotive experience, we can service your brand new car without voiding your new car warranty. Call us today 714-375-3145 and give us a try! Our customer Nat A. trusts Val and Mike’s Auto Repair with his 2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring.