When you get a new car you might think that you can just drive off and enjoy it. However, there are a few important things to remember to help your car remain reliable in the future.
It's called the break-in period, and it's different for every car – just check your owner's manual to find out how many miles you need to be extra careful for.
The most important thing to be careful with is the engine. The tolerances between the parts within the unit are very small, so they need some time to bed in and work smoothly together. This happens by running the engine and allowing the combustion process to wear the parts a little.
You don't want to put the engine under too much stress while this happens, so don't use full throttle and don't change gear at the red line.
Modern cars are built more accurately than they have been in the past, so some people will argue this is no longer necessary. Still, it's better to be safe than sorry!
Check out the video for more tips on prolonging your car's life.