5 Driving Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Engine

Image Gallery: Engines Routine maintenance is critical, but did you know your driving habits have a direct effect on the lifespan of your vehicle, too? See more pictures of engines.
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The current economic climate has been tough for many of us. People are looking for good ways to stretch their dollar and cut back on spending. This extends to the cars we drive, too. It makes a lot more sense for us to keep our current vehicles running in good condition than to be forced to go out and buy a new one.

Most of us know that performing routine maintenance like oil changes and transmission services prevent mechanical failures in the long run and promote the car's overall health. But did you know that your driving habits also have a direct effect on the lifespan of your vehicle? The way you drive in different conditions can affect your engine's fuel economy as well as its lifespan.

Since a new engine can easily cost several thousand dollars, taking care of the one you've got will certainly pay off in the long run.

In this article, we'll take a look at five easy ways to modify your driving habits in order to make sure your engine will last a long time. Many of the tips we'll discuss are low-impact in terms of how they affect your daily commute, but go a long way to save you money.