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Motorway Driving, 'Wear and Tear' on your Car

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 12 Mar 2016 | comments*Discuss
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Motorway driving can contribute to general wear and tear on your car, which can increase your motoring costs significantly. If you have any weak elements on your car due to regular wear and tear, driving at high speed on the motorway is likely to highlight them. This is one reason why many vehicles break down on the motorway. This article offers advice on reducing wear and tear caused by motorway driving.

Drive Smoothly

Smooth driving is one of the best ways to reduce wear and tear on your car. In general, motorway driving tends to be less damaging to your car, as you tend to be travelling uninterrupted for long stretches of time. However, when you experience traffic queues on the motorway, this can easily disrupt that. To counteract the many stop-starts that occur in slow-moving traffic jams, it is important to be gentle on the accelerator and brakes. Sudden acceleration and braking can wear down your brakes and suspension.

Turn Off your Engine in Traffic Jams

If you are stuck in a traffic jam and the traffic is not moving for minutes at a time, switch off the engine while your car is stationery. 'Idling' your engine by leaving it running while you are not moving is less kind to it than stopping and starting the engine just before you need to move off again. Many drivers are reluctant to do the latter as they are afraid that it will damage the engine, but this will not usually be the case – unless you are especially aggressive when moving off. As well as being kinder to your car's engine, turning off your engine in traffic queues can also help to save fuel, which is another significant motoring cost.

Motorway Driving Courses

If it has been some time since you passed your practical driving test (and you did not cover motorway driving in your theory or practical driving tests) or you feel that your motorway driving skills are not fully up to scratch, some driving schools offer motorway driving courses that are specifically designed to teach motorists the best ways of driving on the motorway. For a select few of these courses, a key component of this is reducing wear and tear on your car that can occur as a result of driving on the motorway. These tend not to be widely available though, so it is often a bit of a lottery as to whether one of these motorway driving courses will be available in your area.

Damage caused by general wear and tear is often a big factor in motoring costs. They may not result in your car failing its yearly MOT service, but it can be costly to have repairs done or replacements fitted. If you look after your car properly, it can last a lot longer and significantly reduce your motoring costs. Generally speaking, reducing wear and tear on your car that is caused by motorway driving is not much different from reducing wear and tear on your car that is the result of driving in general. For more information on the latter, see our article on "Driving Tips to Save ' Wear and Tear' on Your Car”.

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My car was damaged the front and back passanger side. Is drivable. Is it pk to drive it in a motorway? Won't i be stoped by the police?
Lolipop - 12-Mar-16 @ 1:07 AM
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