LONDON, England – Buying a brand-new car is something about which most people dream.
Although “running in” a car is not so critical today as it was in times gone by there are a few things to bear in mind as you drive your shiny new wheels out of the showroom doors.
So, here are some pointers from IAM Roadsmart’s head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman. Take heed, save bucks… perhaps big bucks.
So, here are the suggestions…
- Allow the brakes to bed-in. Treat your new baby gently and avoid harsh acceleration and heavy braking – though that’s how any smart driver would proceed anyway.
- Your tyres, also, will last longer if treated gently for the first few hundred km. And, The Corner adds, thereafter.
- Check coolant levels and oil frequently. Oil consumption could be relatively high for the first few thousand km as the engine parts gradually loosen up but it should then settle down.
- Avoid long runs at a steady engine speed for the first 1600km or so. Varying engine speed helps moving parts to start working together over the full speed range
- Fuel-consumption will decrease gradually as the moving parts bed-in so don’t be too disappointed if your first tankful doesn’t take you as far as you’d hoped. It’s normal for fuel consumption to drop over several thousand km.
Gladman said: “Buying a new car is exciting but also a substantial investment. Treating your car with a little restraint to begin with will help all the parts to perform at their best, for longer.
“This will also help you to get the feel of the car before you fully exploit the performance.”