How is the distance drivers can go between oil changes affected by driving conditions?
The make, model, and year of your vehicle, along with driving conditions, is why recommendations for oil changes differ from one automaker to the next. With this in mind, drivers who are considered to be "severe" will need to change their oil on a more frequent basis than "normal" drivers. To be considered "severe", driving during your typical week will consist of driving in any of the conditions below:
- Stop-and-go traffic or excessive idling
- Extreme humidity
- Hauling heavy items or towing a trailer
- Extreme heat, over 90°
- Extreme cold, below 10°
- Frequent trips under 5 miles