Most people want their car to last as long as possible and have few problems as they drive it. But the reality is that most people don’t take care of their car. They seldom clean it and they give little thought to the vehicle as long as it gets them where they are going. Unbeknownst to most of us, there are things we do unintentionally to inadvertently destroy our car and take years off its usable life. Some of these are little things and others are big. Realizing that you are hurting your car in the following ways is the first step to protecting your car from harm. Consider the following list a helpful warning.
12. Not Giving the Car Enough Time to Warm Up
This one falls into the “small” category and most people are guilty of it. We’re talking about not giving the car enough time to warm up once you start it before jamming it into gear and taking off. This is hard on the car’s engine in any environment, but it is especially bad in cold climates. The oil in a vehicle does not lubricate the engine nearly as well when it’s cold, and all the other parts in an engine are designed to operate within a certain temperature range. Starting the engine and driving the car right away stresses the items under the hood. The good news is that newer model cars warm up much faster than older ones, though you should still wait at least a minute or two before driving off.