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Short distance driving

If you regurlarly or mostly drive short distances you should consider driving in a lower gear than the top gear, even in an automatic. Doing this allows the engine to run closer to its torque band and places less load on the engine. It also affords you the opportunity to get out of situations where you need a spurt of power suddenly, which you would not have in a higher gear and outside your power band. The other advantage is that the engine will be revving higher and will put more revolutions into your altenator, charging at a higher rate and protecting your battery.
Funny enough, you might even find yourself using less fuel because the engine is operating more efficiently. It will also last longer because your will be getting closer to the proper operating temperature sooner.

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