Which is better on your car, driving through town where you have 5 or 6 stop light/signs or going 5 miles out of your way but with only 1 stop? Is the stop and go worse on your car or is it more important to think about the miles you're putting on your car?
Posted Jan 27th by Clystina Will the owner of a Ford Taurus
Answers from the Automotive Experts
It isn't the stop and go, but the distance you drive. Long distance driving is much better on an engine than short trips.
Someone who drives only a couple miles a day barely give the engine time to warm up. This means that there's a lot of down time for things to sit...like oil and such. The alternator has more time to charge the battery too.
If you don't drive many miles in a week, just make sure that you do regular maintenance. Instead of changing your oil by the mileage, you'll do it every 3 or 4 months.
〉 Answered on Jan 26th, 2008 by Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines