Severe Driving & Vehicle Impact

Are you a severe driver? Do you drive in severe conditions? Is your vehicle receiving the TLC it needs to keep it running safely on the road?

According to the Filters Manufacturer's Council

"What the owners' manuals call "normal" operating conditions are really ideal conditions, mostly long highway trips rather than around-town driving. According to a previous survey done by a member company of the Filter Manufacturers Council, history has shown only about 20 percent of vehicles are regularly driven under "normal" conditions. That means four out of five drivers are in the "severe" driving category. But no one likes to think of themselves as a severe driver. You might want to call the two categories "ideal" and "average" rather than the "normal" and "severe" titles used in the owners' manuals. Since 80 percent of motorists drive under less than ideal conditions, the "average" title is certainly justified. Severe (or average) service, as defined in most owners' manuals, includes trips of less than four miles (six km), particularly in cold weather. Under these conditions, the engine does not warm up completely, causing moisture to accumulate in the crankcase. Every time the engine is started, the oil is contaminated with blow-by soot, raw gasoline and condensed moisture. Unless the engine gets regular extended highway travel, these contaminants remain in the oil. After 3,000 miles (5,000 km) of "severe" - or "average" - driving, the oil can be saturated with foreign substances. Within the same time period, chemical detergents, dispersants, antioxidants, viscosity improvers, and corrosion inhibitors may be depleted. Although the oil does not wear out, the additives do. Unless they are replenished, the oil cannot properly function in today's internal combustion engines."

Additional examples that may have an impact on the severity in which you drive are:

Your car spends a significant amount of time in stop or go traffic where it is left idle at times You use your vehicle frequently for towing or carrying or pulling heavy loads that strain the engine You drive on salty, rough, dusty, gravel, mountainous roads frequently

Having preventative maintenance performed on your vehicle regularly can help keep your car safe while on the road. The following are ways you can manage some of the impacts of serve driving:

-Follow the "severe" service schedule in your owner's manual

-Check fluids, brakes, and filters regularly while keeping the vehicle properly tuned

-Drive the speed limit and avoid multiple quick starts and stops

The following is more information on Speed Auto Repair Preventative Maintenance Packages.