Maintaining Your Car with Racing Science

For many people, maintaining their own car is a confusing and expensive chore, mostly because they simply don’t know what they’re looking for. In many cases, people put it off because they don’t want to deal with it or they think it’s going to be a major expense. It doesn’t have to be this way, however. By applying a few simple principles of racing science, you can make better decisions about maintaining your own car, which will help keep it at its safest and prevent even more costly breakdowns.

Choosing Tires

Everyone knows the importance of tires on your car, but when it comes to getting new ones, many people don’t have even the slightest clue what to look for. When choosing a tire, it’s best to think about the type of driving you will be doing. Mostly highway miles, or city driving? Do you drive in all weather, or stick to mild weather? The first thing you should consider is the compound of the tire rubber. Those looking for high-performance and tight cornering will want a softer compound tire because they grip the road better, but don’t last nearly as long as a tire with a firmer rubber compound.

Next, if you’re going to be doing a lot of all-weather driving, including over snow and ice from our Minnesota winters, you’ll want to get a tire with a tread pattern that encourages the flow of water away from the surface. A local tire dealer can help you determine which model is best for that.

Rotate Your Tires

If you watch a NASCAR race and you see a tire that just came off a car after several laps of hard, high-speed driving, you will likely notice that the inside edge is far more worn-out than the outside. This is because the inside edge generally has to do more of the work to turn the car, and the same is true for your own vehicle. If you don’t regularly rotate your tires, you’ll find they’ll wear out much faster, and you’ll be spending lots of money on new ones much more frequently.

A good rule of thumb to follow: rotate your tires every other time you get your oil changed. This will help them last far longer, which saves you money.

Higher-Octane Fuel

Are you putting the correct kind of gas in your vehicle? Most racing drivers will put a high-octane blend to get the most out of their engines, but this serves a second purpose as well: engine longevity. For high-performance engines, including those found in most modern luxury and performance cars, your manufacturer will strongly advise that you purchase a minimum of 91 octane, otherwise known as “premium” fuel at most stations.

If you drive a BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, or one of numerous other types of sports sedans, take a look through your owner’s manual or even inside the fuel door: if you have a performance engine, you will likely see a message advising you to purchase premium fuel. Doing so will not only help your car run better, but last longer too. It’s well-worth the extra few bucks for the tank.

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