A vehicle is a complex piece of machinery that is manufactured to withstand normal wear and tear. However, if you are “hard” on your vehicle, you may notice that your vehicle requires more frequent and substantial auto maintenance services and auto repair than other vehicles of a similar make, model and year. There are certain parts that will wear at an accelerated rate if you drive too fast, so slowing down can essentially extend the life of parts and, possibly, the life of your car.

The faster you drive your vehicle on a routine basis, the harder your engine and transmission must work compared to other vehicles which are driven at a slower speed. Yet, even greater culprits that will take a toll on your car is indulging in a habit of stopping short or fully depressing the gas pedal when leaving a stop light or stop sign, which both tend to co-occur with faster drivers. This taxing type of driving style will reduce your gas mileage, increase your vehicle’s emissions, increase your risk of being involved in an accident and put your vehicle under a constant of pressure that will wear down the integral parts of your car leading to a necessity for sooner-than-expected maintenance appointments and costly repairs.

The parts of your vehicle that can be impacted by fast driving include:does-driving-slower-make-your-car-last-longer

  • Clutch
  • Brake pads
  • Rotors
  • Calipers
  • Bearings
  • Tires
  • Transmission
  • Cylinder heads
  • Suspension
  • Differential

At Jay’s Garage, we want you to be safe and protect the investment you’ve made in your vehicle, which is why we recommend driving, accelerating and stopping at a moderate pace. If your vehicle is in need of auto maintenance services or you suspect it is in need of repair, contact our ASE certified automotive team by calling (503) 239-5167. Since 1981, Jay’s Garage has been providing superior, comprehensive auto maintenance and auto repair services to the residents of Portland, OR. Jay’s Garage is a name you can trust, so call us today to become one of our satisfied clients.

Does Driving Slower Make Your Car Last Longer?