Are you a se­vere driver?

The Maui News - - AUTO -

hings change, in­clud­ing the way we use our cars, how we drive them and the con­di­tion of our roads. Al­though nor­mal driv­ing is de­fined as steady driv­ing in non-ex­treme weather or en­vi­ron­ments, for most mo­torists to­day, be­ing a se­vere driver is more the rule than the ex­cep­tion, says the Car Care Coun­cil.

Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil’s Car Care Guide, se­vere driv­ing refers to:

Stop-and-go traf­fic

Short com­mutes

Heav­ier loads: cargo, pas­sen­ger or tow­ing a trailer Rough or moun­tain­ous roads

Dusty or salty en­vi­ron­ments

Driv­ing in ex­tremely hot or cold weather

“Ac­cord­ing to def­i­ni­tion, most driv­ing is go­ing to be con­sid­ered ‘se­vere.’ How­ever, there are easy steps you can take to limit the amount of wear and tear on your ve­hi­cle and im­prove fuel econ­omy,” said Rich White, ex­ec­u­tive director, Car Care Coun­cil. “By prop­erly main­tain­ing and re­pair­ing your ve­hi­cle, it will per­form safely, de­pend­ably and ef­fi­ciently for years to come, no mat­ter the driv­ing con­di­tions.”

The Car Care Coun­cil rec­om­mends that mo­torists be car care aware and take ac­tions to re­duce the ef­fects of se­vere driv­ing, such as:

Fol­low the “se­vere” ser­vice sched­ule in your owner’s man­ual.

Check flu­ids, in­clud­ing oil and fil­ters more fre­quently. Have cer­tain com­po­nents such as brakes and shocks in­spected more reg­u­larly.

Ob­serve the speed limit. Gas mileage de­creases rapidly above 60 mph.

Avoid quick starts and stops. Ag­gres­sive driv­ing can lower gas mileage.

Don’t haul un­needed items in the trunk, as ex­tra weight will re­duce fuel econ­omy.

Keep your car prop­erly tuned to im­prove gas mileage.

The non­profit Car Care Coun­cil is the source of in­for­ma­tion for the “Be Car Care Aware” con­sumer ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign pro­mot­ing the ben­e­fits of reg­u­lar ve­hi­cle care, main­te­nance and re­pair to con­sumers. For a free copy of the coun­cil’s pop­u­lar 80-page Car Care Guide or for more in­for­ma­tion, visit­

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