When you think of a high-end car, you usually think of it garaged up somewhere in a climate-controlled environment—not sloshing it out on the rainy roads of England making a daily super commute of nearly 200 miles round-trip!
But that’s exactly the case with this 2004 Lamborghini Murcielago owned by U.K. native Simon George of 6thGearExperience.com.
The little Lamborghini that could…hit 300,000 miles!
Simon’s daily driver is a little different than most. His Murcielago makes a 180-miles trek each day, according to Road & Track magazine.
The only bump in the road was a 2012 accident on a racing track when the vehicle sustained severe frame damage.
But Simon has slowly been having his $250,000 two-seater ride repaired and it’s been back on the road ever since.
Now he hopes to cross the 300,000-mile mark during the next 12 months.
Want to keep your daily driver on the road as long as Simon? Taking the following steps can help a great deal:
Don’t top off your gas tank
If you’re in the habit of topping off your gas tank when you fill up at the pump, you’ll probably want to stop.
‘By topping your fuel tank off, it can either overwhelm your evaporative system and break something or cause a hazardous leak by the excess pressure in the system,’ according to Ed Nemphos, owner of Brentwood Automotive in Baltimore.
When you top off the tank, you’re causing pressure to build up. That gas can flood the carbon filter vapor collection system, which is meant solely for vapor. The overflow can in turn harm your car’s performance and maybe even damage the engine.
Don’t let your gas get below a quarter tank
Did you know that running on nearly empty can actually damage your car?
‘The gasoline acts like a coolant for the electric fuel-pump motor, so when you run very low, this allows the pump to suck in air, which creates heat and can cause the fuel pump to wear prematurely and potentially fail,’ Consumer Reports writes.
In addition, if you have dirt in your fuel tank then running close to empty could result in a blocked fuel filter.
Make sure you’re on top of oil changes
A recent Consumer Reports study put the brakes on the myth of the 3,000-mile oil change. Most owner’s manuals for newer vehicles will tell you it’s acceptable to go 5,000 miles between oil changes under normal conditions.
Between 5,000 and 7,500 mile intervals have become something of the new norm for oil changes. In fact, the magazine did not find any noticeable difference in engine protection whether you changed the oil every 3,000 or 7,500 miles.
But just because you don’t have to change your oil as often as you grew up thinking you did, don’t fall into the trap of going too long between oil changes. Experts say a $20 oil change is the best preventative maintenance you can do.
Avoid extreme driving conditions if you can
Severe driving conditions can take a toll on just about every part of your car — both inside and out.
What exactly are severe conditions? AAA defines them as the following:
- Drive on short trips of less than five miles in normal temperatures or less than 10 miles in freezing temperatures.
- Drive in hot weather stop-and-go traffic.
- Drive at low speeds of less than 50 miles per hour for long distances.
- Drive on roads that are dusty, muddy or have salt, sand or gravel spread on the surface.
- Tow a trailer, carrying a camper (if a pickup truck) or transport items on a roof rack or in a car-top carrier.
- Making ‘jack rabbit’ stops and starts — the kind people tend to do when racing from traffic light to traffic light.
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