How do I reduce wear and tear on my car?

5 July 2016

You drive and you drive…and you drive some more, but do you really pay enough attention to the wear and tear that all this driving has on your car?

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Every kilometre you drive has an impact on your car, from wearing away at your brake pads to thickening up your oil. If left unattended, these worn-out items can have some serious consequences including damage to larger (and more expensive) components or an accident or breakdown due to the compromised safety of your car.

So, how do you prevent your car from wearing away? Sadly, your car will age and time will take its toll, but here are some quick MotorHappy tips to slow down this process.

Ease off the pedals

Many of us tend to ride our brake pedal unnecessarily which wears at our car’s braking system and can easily result in the need for early maintenance and replacement.

While kicking this bad habit, it’s a good idea to apply the same thinking to your accelerator pedal. Sudden acceleration and aggressive driving (having that accelerator on the floor all the time) can cause serious wear and tear to your car's suspension.

Avoid stop / start driving

When possible, plan your route to avoid stop and start driving. Frequent stops and starts can wear out your car’s engine much faster than driving on a road with few stops, such as a highway.

Have a slow start to the day

Instead of starting your engine and waiting until it has fully warmed up or dashing off quickly before your car knows what is happening, start your car and drive off slowly in the morning - without putting too much pressure on the clutch or brake pedals.

Warming up your engine in this way helps reduce long-term wear and tear that can eventually cause your car's engine to fail.

Keep an eye on your tyres

Not only does keeping your car’s tyres at the right pressure ensure safe braking and handling, but it also reduces wear and tear. Check your owner’s manual to find out the correct pressure and ask a friendly petrol attendant to check them for you when you fill up on petrol.

You may also want to try rotating your tyres every six months. This way, you can make sure that the tread wears evenly. Just swap the tyres diagonally, so that the right front tyre moves to the left back tyre, and the left front tyre moves to the right back tyre – unless your trusty owner’s manual highlights that tyres can only be used on either the right or left side of your car (always check!).

Service and maintain

Changing your engine oil, oil filter and air filter regularly is another important factor to keep in mind to reduce wear and tear. Again, your owner’s manual will state the best time to replace these items but investing in a service* or maintenance plan* can assist in planning ahead and keeping these costs consistent and avoiding nasty price hike surprises.

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* All warranties (original or extended), service plans, maintenance plans, and roadside assistance packages differ in terms of features, benefits and, terms and conditions. This blog is for illustration purposes only.

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