Should you worry about highway miles on your car?


When it comes to mileage on a car, most people just fixate on the actual number. We understand – mileage is a big concern because high mileage vehicles require more work, more money, and just won’t last as long as low mileage alternative. However, the number isn’t the only thing you should be thinking about when you’re buying your next Orlando used car. You should also be asking questions about the type of miles that were put on the car. Toyota of Orlando is here to explain!

When it comes to mileage, there are two main types – highway miles and city miles. It’s often a source of confusion as to which is worse for your vehicle, so Toyota of Orlando is here to clear it up for you and explain the differences between the two.

City miles: Should you stress them?

Are city miles that bad for your car? We know there’s no avoiding them, but unfortunately, they’re typically worse for your vehicle than those highway miles you might have been worrying about. Here are the main reasons why:

  • City roads tend to have more potholes, more road construction, and more uneven surfaces to drive over. This can wreak havoc on your car’s suspension over time.
  • City driving also mean that you’re in close quarters with other vehicles a good amount of the time; this ups your risk of collisions and accidents.
  • And finally, city drive times tend to be stop-and go. This can be due to traffic or just stop signs and stop lights, but it takes a toll on your car’s transmission, engine, and brakes. It also lowers your fuel efficiency so you’re not getting the MPGs you deserve.

  • Highway miles: Are they worse when it comes down to it?
    It may seem hard to believe, but highway miles are actually BETTER for your car. We know – it’s weird. You’d think that because you’re traveling long distances at high speeds all of that hard work would take its toll on your vehicle. But these miles are actually better for your ride in the long run, and here’s why:

  • Highway miles may be driven at high speeds, but they’re driven at CONSTANT speeds. This means you’re getting much better fuel efficiency  (especially if you use cruise control) and you’re also giving your brakes, engine, and transmission a break from the stop-and-go of city driving.
  • Those long drive times are actually good for your battery and alternator, too – they give them plenty of time to charge up the way they’re supposed to.
  • Finally, highways tend to have smoother surfaces, less potholes, and less construction. This means your suspension gets a break from rough city roads!



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  • Have questions? Want to start shopping Orlando used cars that you can rely on? Call us today – Toyota of Orlando is open seven days a week at (407) 298-4500. We can get you the answers you need and the car you love! 

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