Yes, how you drive does affect how often you should have your car’s oil changed. We will explain more below. Today’s automobiles don’t always need to have their oil changed every 3,000 miles. Plus, the oil that you use also affects the oil change duration. Bird Automotive wants to break all of this down so we can come up with a customized oil change schedule for you.
The first place to start when it comes to customizing an oil change schedule is your owner’s manual. Open it up to the service section and read the oil type that is recommended for your automobile, the weight, and how often you should have the oil changed. This is a good start in determining at what mileage milestone you need to have new oil put into your automobile.
Daily Commute Conditions
With this information in mind, next, consider your daily commute conditions. If you drive in a lot of stop-and-go traffic or only make quick trips during the day, you need to have your oil changed more often because these conditions are much harder on your engine. The flipside of this is long daily commutes without any traffic. If you do a lot of unimpeded highway driving, your oil will last longer because it circulates through the engine more completely than it does during a trip that is less than 15 minutes.
How You Drive
As we said above, how you drive can affect your oil change duration. It really boils down to whether you are hard or easy on your automobile. If you’re hard on your automobile, you need to have the oil change more often. If you’re easy on your automobile, you don’t need to have it changed as often.
The Oil You Use
Another consideration is the type of oil that you use. Synthetic oil is all the rage now and it extends the time between oil changes. Generally, a synthetic blend will last about 5,000 miles, and synthetic will last 7,500 miles to 10,000 miles. If you use conventional or conventional high-mileage oil, you still need to have your oil changed every 3,000 miles or every six months if that comes first.
The Age of Your Car
Finally, consider the age of your automobile. If you drive a high-mileage automobile, it’s a good idea to use high-mileage oil to protect the engine better. Usually, it’s recommended to start using this oil type after you’ve driven 75,000 miles. If you drive an older automobile, such as a classic, the oil change duration is often reduced to every 2,000 miles.