"Severe Service" Explained

Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that you service your vehicle more frequently if you drive in “severe” conditions. And most vehicle owners are very surprised at what qualifies as "severe" driving. In fact, for most drivers, their “normal” driving habits are actually “severe”!

“Severe” driving conditions include one or more of the following:

  • Driving in stop-and-go traffic
  • Extensive engine idling
  • Taking multiple short trips averaging 5 to 10 miles in length
  • Driving in extremely hot or cold temperatures
  • Driving at prolonged higher engine speeds
  • Frequent cold start-ups and shut downs
  • Driving in dusty or muddy conditions
  • Towing and/or hauling heavy loads
  • Driving in mountainous terrain

Protect your vehicle with proper manufacturer-recommended maintenance to counteract the effects of severe driving conditions. This is particularly important for fleet vehicles where driving conditions can vary with each driver and region. Learn more about our fleet maintenance services or contact the nearest location for more information.