Good Driving Habits
It’s worth remembering these tips every time you get behind the wheel. They’ll help keep your vehicle in top condition, make it more enjoyable to drive and can save you money.
Avoid hard revving when cold
Starting up from cold is when most engine wear occurs. So give your vehicle a few minutes to warm up by using low engine revs as you drive. This allows the lubrication system to move oil right through the engine. When the temperature gauge is in the normal operating zone, your vehicle is ready for what it does best.
The stop-start nature of city driving is hard on cars. By adopting a smooth, steady driving style you’ll dramatically reduce wear on your engine, clutch, transmission, brakes and tyres. You’ll also use less fuel, which saves money and helps the environment.
Always park in gear
Whenever you park, ensure the handbrake is fully engaged and the car is left in gear. Select ‘P’ with an automatic transmission, or first or reverse gear with a manual transmission. When parking downhill, point your wheels towards the kerb for extra safety.
Avoid gutters, kerbs and bumps
Try to avoid hitting kerbs when parking and potholes at speed. The impact can put the front wheels out of alignment, causing uneven and premature tyre wear. It can also cause damage to wheel rims and tyres.
Keeping an eye on the gauges
Check your gauges regularly when driving. Water temperature and oil pressure are most important as they monitor your engine’s vital cooling and lubrication systems. If these gauges move into the critical zone, stop the car as soon as practical and get help by calling your nearest Eastern Cape Motors Service Centre or Roadside Assistance. Similarly, if a warning light comes on, stop and get help. For more information, please refer to your owner manual.
Drive for a cleaner environment
Air pollution affects everyone, particularly children and the elderly. The combined effect of all our vehicles reduces air quality, but we can help reduce this environmental impact.
- Have your vehicle serviced regularly to help save fuel and reduce running costs
- Avoid hard acceleration and braking to reduce fuel consumption and brake and tyre wear
- Keep tyres correctly inflated for optimum fuel economy
- Don’t carry heavy loads, like golf clubs, when you don’t need to – a lighter vehicle uses less fuel
- Plan your trip to combine several small trips – your vehicle will run more efficiently on longer journeys
Driving at dawn or dusk
Make sure to use your headlights rather than parking lights. They offer better visibility to other road users, particularly at times when outside lighting is reduced.
The First Month
No special running in is necessary, but a few precautions in the first month can optimise the long-term performance, economy and durability of your vehicle.
- Don’t race the engine
- Don’t sit on one speed for long periods
- Don’t drive at full throttle or high engine revs for extended periods
- Avoid unnecessary hard stops
- Don’t tow a heavy trailer