The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, providers of car donations to families in need, understands that so many people are just trying to survive paycheck to paycheck. It is a reality that many face. Most people cannot afford to run out and purchase a vehicle at any given time. Vehicle repairs can be expensive and the cost of gasoline is rising. We have provided you with just a few driving tips to prolong the life of your vehicle. These are just simple habits that you can put into place to help you save money in the long run and help prolong the life of your vehicle:
Starting Your Engine
Every day you hop in your car, start it up, and go on your way. If you drive off without letting your car warm up, you are causing unnecessary wear and tear. It takes a minimum of 20 seconds for your engine oil to reach the correct pressure and get to flowing. Give your car 20 seconds to get warmed up before heading out and you will avoid the wear and tear of metal grinding metal by driving off to soon.
Pretty simple notion that if you drive your car less it will last longer, but stop and think of how many little trips you may make that could be combined? Are you someone who drives to the dry cleaners, bank, post office, etc. one at a time and back home? Plan an errand day once a week and hit all of them in one trip. If there are times you can walk to the corner store or carpool with others, then do it. You will increase the life span of your vehicle and save money on gas.
Lighten Your Key Chain
If you are one who loves a good key chain, and has a collection of a dozen of them dangling from your ignition, then lighten the load on that keychain. Having a heavy key chain actually puts stress on the tumblers inside of your ignition, and over time can cause your vehicle to suffer ignition switch failure. Key chains can be fun, but car repairs are not fun (and can be really expensive), so clean off that key chain.
Take it Easy on Your Car
When driving your car, be gentle with it. Drive with care, and don’t be rough on your vehicle. Drive at the correct speeds, avoid slamming your brakes, slow down when you turn, accelerate slowly, and don’t rev your engine. Being gentle will definitely prolong the life of your vehicle, and save you from repairs that could have been easily avoided.
Use Your Parking Brake
Whenever you park your car, use your parking brake. It is there for a reason, and should be used regularly. Using your parking brake helps keep the brakes in the rear of your car adjusted and will make them last longer. Also if you do not use the parking brake it can get frozen and not release. As the saying goes “use it or lose it.”
Drive with One Foot
Are you a two-footed driver? If so, then try to break that habit and replace it with one footed driving. Two-footed drivers tend to ride their brakes and do not even realize they are doing so. This, of course, causes your brakes to wear out quicker. It will also confuse your engine, and that can lead to the possibility of surges, high emissions, and even lead to your vehicle stalling. Switching to only your right foot will help prolong the life of your vehicle.
The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, providers of the nation’s leading vehicle donation program since 1996, knows how hard it is for people to acquire transportation, and we hope that those of you with cars will implement the simple driving habits we have shared above. If you do make these changes, you can prolong the life of your vehicle and avoid unnecessary costly repairs.
If you have a car that you are looking to get rid of, consider donating your used car to us today and you can help change the lives of struggling families. 1-800-Charity Cars accepts vehicles in any condition nationwide, running or not, with free towing provided. You can also make a monetary donation to 1-800-Charity Cars. Give us a call at 1-800-CHARITY (1-800-242-7489 x 2) or use our convenient online car donation form. To make monetary donations through JustGive or PayPal, visit www.800charitycars.org