Cars Need to be Driven

I’m a firm believer in the philosophy that cars need to be driven.  I try to drive the Packard at least every two weeks, if not once a week, just to keep everything moving around.  So as not to do more harm than good, if I start the engine, I have to drive it at least until everything is up to operating temperature.  More often than not I drive it more than that.  In fact, I’m very close to having put 5,000 miles on it since I’ve owned it.

The Mustang will hopefully see much more use than the Packard, because the goal is to drive it.  It won’t be a true daily driver, but I’d like to think I might drive it daily, if that makes sense.  There are many times when taking an old car isn’t the best idea…the thought of parking the Mustang in a grocery store or a mall parking lot is inconceivable.  But a trip to see a friend, to visit my mom, to participate in a local cruise night or other car gathering?  Sure!

It’s when cars sit around that stuff starts to deteriorate.  That may be because without regular interaction you don’t notice when something starts to go wrong, so minor issues can balloon into larger ones.  I like to think of it as car atrophy.  Bits and pieces need exercise.  Maybe I’m just using that as an excuse to push buttons, but I like to turn on the heater, the wipers, the blower motor, open and close the vents, roll the windows up and down, and whatnot every now and then.  And, of course, by running the car regularly, I’ve never had to deal with any of those stagnation related effects…like gas going bad or wheel cylinders freezing up.  Stories abound of folks who parked otherwise decent cars for some simple reason because they didn’t want to take the time to deal with it at the time, only to come back years later and realize that now there’s a whole lot more work needed to put the car back on the road.  Don’t be one of those people, get in your car and drive it!