Keeping your car healthy in Raleigh, NC is not the most difficult task in the world. A lot of the strain comes from the stop-and-go traffic Triangle residents experience during the work week (we’re looking at you, I-40). Also, your car will have to deal with some of the grueling temperatures that all North Carolinians deal with during the summer (and winter since we still struggle with snow!).
With that said, there are some things to keep in mind if you want to maintain the health of your car. Here are our recommendations for keeping your car healthy in Raleigh, NC!
You’ve seen it before: you’re driving down I-40 and it’s been a pretty pleasant drive…until you see someone zigzagging through traffic at 90 mph like it’s Mario Kart (watch out for bananas!). It may be tempting to follow in this person’s footsteps, but ignore that instinct! Though the occasional “pedal to the metal” and abrupt stopping won’t damage your car, it does increase the wear-and-tear your car will experience. Also, try to avoid shifting gears while the car is in any sort of motion! Shifting gears while in motion (ex. shifting from reverse to forward), regardless if it’s moving slowly, will place unneeded stress on the transmission components.
Make sure that your tire’s PSI is at an optimal level. Though it does vary from vehicle-to-vehicle, the average for most tires is between 30 to 35 PSI. Anything underneath or over that level can be dangerous for your tires and vehicle. Tires that are under-inflated are susceptible to extra friction, and if you pair that with the hot North Carolina summers that could spell disaster for your tires. And before you even try it, realize over-inflation is just as bad. If the tires are over-inflated, there’s a possibility that they could explode. Pair that with the heat generated from friction and hot Carolina days as well and…you have an idea.
Yes yes I know what you’re probably thinking: “why would I want four-wheel drive in NC? The terrain doesn’t require it!” And yes, you’d be correct. The reason I bring this up is not for the summers in NC, but for the winters. For those familiar, NC has not been well-equipped for dealing with the snow and ice. During those times when we do get snow, a lot of the popular roads we use end up with ice or black ice (scary stuff) despite the roads being salted the previous night. Having 4WD would help drivers better navigate the roads during this frustrating period (though we still recommend not driving if possible). And as a bonus, cars with 4WD tend to have higher resale value so you’ll be able to get more out of your car when it’s time for a new one!