Will Driving at High Speeds Affect My Vehicle?

Will Driving at High Speeds Affect My Vehicle?

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.

Fuel Efficiency

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.

However, 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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