29602785_MThere are times when the extreme of something can be good. Think extreme sports, like bungee jumping into an active volcano! Well, maybe not that extreme. When it comes to the risk associated with those extremes, it might make you stop and think. That’s what you need to do when it comes to your vehicle – because when it comes to your vehicle, extremes can cause problems.

  1. Extreme temperatures. Extreme heat or extreme cold can make your car work harder. Your air conditioner or heater and your battery will have to work harder. And it’s very important that you make sure all the fluids are filled. And keep in mind that fluids can thicken during cold weather. If you drive a lot in rush hour traffic (stop and go), then you might need to have your oil changed more frequently during hot weather. And don’t forget your tires. Make sure they have adequate tread and are properly inflated.
  2. Extreme driving. Do you tend to do “jack rabbit” starts and stops? Extreme driving isn’t just fast driving. It includes the kinds of terrain you drive on. If you frequently drive on muddy, sandy, dusty, or salty roads, it will have an impact on your vehicle. Also, pulling or hauling heavy loads will make your vehicle work harder.
  3. Extreme habits. Yes, you can be your vehicles’ biggest problem. Your driving habits really do impact how your vehicle performs. Do you usually coast into the gas station on fumes? According to Popular Mechanic, “if you’re regularly running at a quarter full or less, you risk speeding up the need for a fuel pump replacement.” Do you like to rev the engine or accelerate too fast? Changing your habits can help your vehicle have a longer life.

One of the most important things you can do to protect your car from extremes is to keep up with routine maintenance. And drive smart. Save the extremes for bungee jumping.