I’m sure that you have heard many stories and pieces advice from your relatives on how to properly maintain and use your vehicle while first learning how to drive. The amazing thing is that many of these things are not the same from when we first started driving many years ago. This article will help you assimilate the old school thinking from what is a realistic expectation from modern automobiles.
The first and most common misconception is that you need to warm up your vehicle when it is out in the cold. While it may help you free your windshield of some ice and keep you warmer when you get in, it is not necessary. When carbureted engines were common place, it was necessary to warm the engine to ensure that the oil would be ready for the engine to perform its job. Honestly, with today’s engines it is just a waste of fuel and your time.
Another old-school thought is that manual transmissions are more fuel efficient. Prior to dual clutch computerized automatics, this was a fact as the driver would often transition the engine in a more efficient manner. With the advances in technology, it is quite often that a manual transmission will not match the fuel economy of an automatic. This is even when the driver of the automatic transmission is driving foolishly.
The final thought deals with your contact to the ground, the all-season tire. These tires are great for those who have to deal with hot summers, rainy springs and light snows. For those with serious snow and cold weather, it is still necessary to invest in a good set of winter tires. These tires provide much more grip and stopping power. The all-season tire is not truly made for those extreme cold weather situations. To purchase a set of winter tires or all-season tires for your vehicle, visit a certified dealer such as Buhler Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, and RAM.