Law enforcement are always trying to get people to slow down on the roads,
and they often tell people that they actually could save money on their
cars by doing so. The theory is that by slowing down, you’re going
easier on your car, and therefore you won’t have to spend as much
on repairs and maintenance. However, as Houston high-performance auto
experts, we love going fast and so on this blog, we’ll do our best
to answer the question of whether or not slowing down is better for your car.
This is one instance where slowing down pretty obviously
does improve performance. The U.S. Department of Energy states that most cars
peak in their fuel efficiency somewhere between 35 and 60 miles per hour,
and that’s probably true. The logic is simple: to maintain a higher
speed, your car usually has to stay revved higher. More revolutions per
minute equals more engine cycles, which means more fuel burned.
how you drive also influences your fuel efficiency. If you frequently start
and stop and always rev your engine up towards the red line on your tachometer
when taking off, you’re going to get far worse fuel economy than
someone who shifts optimally and accelerates at a normal rate.
Engine Oil & Condition
Similar to your fuel consumption, your oil life will be heavily influenced
by how you drive as well. Highway miles at an even, constant engine speed
are generally much easier on your engine. Lots of heavy acceleration will
decrease your oil life. However, the best way to preserve your engine
is by using the right oil. Otherwise, you won’t notice too much
of a difference when it comes to your engine.
Brakes & Tires
Most of the money you’ll put into your car will go into your fuel
tank, but replacing your brakes and tires is also a huge and mandatory
expense. Will slowing down preserve their life? Not necessarily, but adjusting
how you drive
can do so. Watching further up the road for hazards and potential changes
in front of you can help you take your foot off the accelerator and coast
some speed off for a little bit before needing to engage the brakes. This
alone can save you a good amount of wear. As for your tires, higher speeds
do cause a marginal increase in tire wear, but the best thing you can
do to keep them in good shape is simply maintain tire balance and pressure,
and keep your burnouts to a minimum.
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