Whether you work from your home office frequently or prefer to use public transit here in St. Cloud, you may not be driving your car as often as it should be. Parking your car for long periods can cause it to slowly break down — if you don’t take some extra care to maintain it. Here’s some advice from Don Robinson Mitsubishi on how to maintain a car that’s not driven often.
Protect the tires
Parking your car for an extended time puts a lot of weight on the tires that can cause leaks, bulges, and deterioration. Redistribute the pressure by rolling the wheels every week so the same section of tread doesn’t shoulder all of the weight the entire time. You can also use jack stands to ease the weight off the wheels entirely.
Have the oil changed
The more often you drive your car, the more carbon and other contaminants build up, and thus the more frequently the engine will need oil changes. So if you don’t drive your car often, does that mean it doesn’t need oil changes? Certainly not!
MotorTrend recommends changing your car’s oil at least every six months since it can still become contaminated simply by breaking down chemically over time and coming in contact with the metal inside the motor.
Detach and recharge the battery
If you don’t drive your car at all for a long time, it’s a good idea to disconnect it from the vehicle and attach a trickle charger to keep it from draining. Driving once or twice a week should be enough to keep the battery’s charge up, but any less frequently than that, and you should manually keep it charged.
Whether you drive your car every day or only a few times a month, you still need to bring it to Don Robinson Mitsubishi for recurring maintenance. Schedule service appointments every season here at our dealership.
One of the biggest stresses of taking a long road trip is how much you need to put aside for gas, and how often you’ll have to stop. If you follow these tips on getting better fuel economy on road trips, you’re sure to make fewer stops at the pump and have more a little more pocket change.
The best thing you can do to save gas is to drive slower and more cautiously. It can be hard to do this, especially when you’re trying to get to your vacation destination, but going 65 instead of 70 will optimize your fuel use. Coasting more often instead of slamming on the brakes also helps, since braking and accelerating uses a ton of fuel.
If at all possible, try to avoid heavy traffic times and areas. Download an app with real-time traffic updates and see if you can take alternate routes. When you’re idling in a traffic jam, you’re getting zero miles per gallon.
Pack as light as possible. Don’t bring a bunch of extra stuff you don’t need, because the heavier your car is, the more fuel you’ll use. Make sure your tires are properly inflated before you leave! Under Inflated tires make your car work harder.
Finally, turn the air conditioning on as low as you can stand and roll the windows up on the freeway. The drag can really hurt your fuel economy.
To help get your car ready for your next road trip, make an appointment in our service department today! You can’t beat our $9.88 Oil Change offers!
Hydroplaning can be a scary thing, even though it’s surprisingly easy to pull out of a skid in the rain. Still, it’s best to prevent hydroplaning altogether and avoid the panic that can result from the loss of control of your vehicle. But, the question is, how can you do it? Here are some easy tips that will help you keep control of steering in the rainiest weather.
Preventative maintenance is the best way to prevent many kinds of accidents and driving issues, and hydroplaning is no different. If you regularly have your tires balanced and rotated, and you check your tire pressure and add air when necessary, you’re less likely to hydroplane. Also, the higher quality your tires are, the better they perform on wet roads. So taking proper care of your tires will help you in many cases, including hydroplaning.
When you’re driving in the rain, just go slower. Hydroplaning is most likely to occur at speeds above 35 miles per hour. Driving five or ten miles below the speed limit is a good idea when it’s raining anyway because it will help you to stop more easily, so drop your speed and avoid highways and high speed limit roads. And if you see a puddle, try to drive around it—the deeper the water, the easier it is for your wheels to lift off the road.
For more questions about your tires and which ones will help you in most severe weather cases, come see us at Don Robinson Mitsubishi!