You don’t go from couch potato to marathon running without injury. Neither does your vehicle.
It is this reason that you need to take it easy during startup. Don’t press the pedal right when you start up. If you do, you are causing a lot of long-term damage, such as heat stress fracturing.
It is also best to wait at least 30 seconds before driving the vehicle after you start it, if it has been off for a few hours. If it has been off for more than 24 hours, then you should wait a minute or two.
Have you ever noticed that you can buy some extremely nice older vehicles off of older people? It is because many of them don’t drive like idiots or rush around.
Calm driving, such as accelerating and decelerating, will reduce wear on your engine and brakes. It will also raise your fuel mileage. I personally take forever to get up to speed, or to coast down, even though I push the limits when it comes to speed limits.
If your Bug-Out Vehicle (BOV) has a manual transmission, you need to shift gears when the engine is near idle. If you have the engine gunned when you release the clutch, you will cause tons of damage to your transmission. You will also feel the vehicle jump.
If you take two brittle rocks and bang them together, eventually one of them will chip or be crushed. This is similar to what is happening inside your transmission.
Turn off the radio, podcast, or other media and pay attention to your vehicle. Most smaller sounds can’t be heard if you are drowning it out with music or talk.
Once you get used to the normal sound of your vehicle, you will be able to hear smaller odd noises that will warn you to check on things before they become a problem.
One example would be a clicking sound as you drive that could be a nail in a tire. If you press the brakes and a loud squeal occurs, then you have probably hit the wear liner to warn you to change your pads. If you hear a grinding sound, then you probably have gone through your pads and liners and are rubbing metal on metal. GET THAT FIXED IMMEDIATELY!
Don’t destroy the engine because you are impatient to drive, or you don’t want to wait to get up to speed. Don’t wear stuff out faster than it needs to be.
Pay attention to the subtle sounds your engine makes, so you know to get it checked out before a dreaded failure occurs.
As I write tips for your adventures and hear about cool gear, I will let you know all about it!