4 Oct 2009, 11:06pm
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Most owners mistreat their cars

 Are you running your car ragged?

Chances are, you might not even know it if you were, a recent AAA survey indicates. Some 62 percent of motorists run their vehicles hard but just 6 percent know they do.

That means almost two in three people often drive:

  • Fewer than five miles in normal temperatures or less than 10¬†when it’s¬†freezing.
  • In¬†stop-and-go traffic in hot weather.
  • Slower than¬†50 miles per hour over long distances.
  • On roads that are dusty, muddy or have salt, sand or gravel¬†spread on them.
  • Towing¬†a trailer, carrying a camper (if a pickup truck) or with items¬†latched to¬†a roof rack or¬†stowed in a carrier.

Now, many motorists know they drive like that,¬†they just don’t know¬†that they ought to be¬†replacing parts and fluids more often, AAA says.¬†Owner‚Äôs manuals usually list¬†two different maintenance schedules — one¬†for normal driving and¬†one for¬†severe workouts.

So¬†most cars likely don’t get the upkeep¬†they should.

How about that. Looks like¬†I’ll be going¬†over my¬†maintenance recommendations.


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