You Just Might Be A Severe Driver


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

Chances are you are a severe driver. In fact, for most motorists today, being a severe driver is more the rule than the exception.

Normal driving is defined as steady driving in steady traffic, non-extreme weather or environments. Severe driving refers to stop-and-go traffic, short commutes, rough or mountainous roads, dusty or salty environments, driving in extremely hot or cold weather, transporting heavier loads or towing a trailer.

There are easy steps you can take to reduce the effects of severe driving and improve fuel economy, 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.
• 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.

By properly maintaining and repairing your vehicle, it will perform safely, dependably and efficiently for years to come, no matter the driving conditions. Visit to order a free copy of the Car Care Council’s 80-page car care guide.

Rich White is the executive director of Car Care Council.

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