Take Action to Reduce Effects of Severe Driving

Are you a severe driver? Normal driving is defined as steady driving in non-extreme weather or environments, so for most motorists today, being a severe driver is more the rule than the exception. According to the non-profit Car Care Council, severe driving includes:

Short commutes

Stop and go traffic

Heavier loads: cargo, passenger or towing a trailer

Rough or mountainous roads

Dusty or salty environments

Driving in extremely hot or cold weather


While most driving is considered ‘severe’ according to the definition, limiting the amount of wear and tear on your vehicle, and improving fuel economy, can be achieved in a few easy steps. By taking action, your vehicle will perform safely, dependably and efficiently with proper maintenance and repairs for years to come, regardless of the driving conditions.


The Car Care Council recommends that motorists be car care aware and take a few easy steps to reduce the effects of severe driving on their vehicles.

Follow the “severe” service schedule in your owner’s manual.

Check fluids, including oil, and filters more frequently.

Have certain components such as brakes and shocks inspected more regularly.

Observe the speed limit.

Avoid quick starts and stops. Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage.

Don’t haul unneeded items in the trunk as extra weight will reduce fuel economy.

Keep your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage.

Order a free copy of the Car Care Guide at www.carcare.org/car-care-guide/.


The council’s popular Car Care Guide is available electronically or printed copy in English and French. The guide covers major vehicle systems, component groups within the vehicle, service interval recommendations and much more.


The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For the latest car care news, visit the council’s online media room at http://media.carcare.org. To order a free copy of the popular Car Care Guide, visit the council’s consumer education website at www.carcare.org.