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Small Changes, Big Savings: 5 Driving Tweaks To Lower Car Maintenance Costs

When it comes to reducing long-term car maintenance costs, regular upkeep is king, but you shouldn’t overlook the little things, either—they can make a big difference. With that in mind, today’s post highlights 5 minor driving tweaks that can make a major difference on your long-term car maintenance costs.

Read on to learn how to reduce vehicle wear, gas-guzzling, and service costs, or contact your local TIRECRAFT to speak directly with a car maintenance specialist near you.

Healthy Habits: 5 Driving Tweaks To Lower Car Maintenance Costs

While regular upkeep and proper storage are a great way to moderate car maintenance costs, you should not overlook the impact of your daily driving habits.

The following driving tweaks, recommended by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada, not only reduce wear-and-tear on your vehicle, but also help to improve fuel efficiency, which is something we can all appreciate as gas prices continue to climb:

1. Maintain a steady speed—To give your drivetrain a break (and give yourself a break at the pumps), avoid taking off fast from stop signs, traffic lights, or your driveway. Steady speeds reduce wear-and-tear and keep your engine clean and free from build-up.

2. Coast more, brake less—Heavy braking not only lessens the lifespan of your brake pads, rotors, and calipers; it also forces your engine to work much harder, upping long-term maintenance costs and guzzling gas in the process. Get used to coasting to decelerate.

3. Remove excess weight from your vehicle—While you may need to haul some heavy cargo at some point, you should try to minimize the amount of time it spends in your car, as excess weight puts strain on your suspension system and forces your engine to consume more fuel. Remove roof racks, too, as these worsen aerodynamics and up fuel costs.

4. Avoid bumps, cracks, and potholes—Unless you’re an adventure off-roader, you should make an effort to avoid bumpy road conditions, as these can wreak havoc on your suspension system.

5. Drive often—Cars are meant to be driven, and the longer they sit unused, the greater the risk of problems with the battery charge, oil circulation, and alternator. To head off these problems and reduce your long-term car maintenance costs, try to take your vehicle for a spin at least once per week.

Save More On Service: Cut Car Maintenance Costs With TIRECRAFT

Sooner or later, even the most diligent drivers will need to take their vehicles into the shop for maintenance, and when that day comes, your local TIRECRAFT will be standing by to help you save.

Not only do we save drivers time and money with our one-stop shop convenience, providing every maintenance service under one roof to create more opportunities for bundling discounts, but we also offer:

To get a free quote on your next car maintenance service, contact your local TIRECRAFT today.