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Stop-And-Go Driving

Definition: This type of driving is especially hard on a vehicle because the engine spends most of it time at idle where it works less efficiently. Because the water pump is turning slowly at idle, the cooling system can overheat on a hot day. Continual stopping and starting also accelerates wear on the brakes, clutch and automatic transmission. When combined with short trips, the engine never gets a chance to reach full operating temperature so the oil becomes contaminated much more rapidly. Therefore, this kind of driving usually means more frequent oil changes and more frequent brake, clutch and transmission repairs.

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