way overdue for an oil changeI came across this article the other day in the New York Times “California Urges Drivers to Change the Oil Less Often” January 4, 2012 by Mary M. Chapman.

The article looks at studies that are showing that automobile owners do not have to change their oil every 3,000 miles. Mr. Jeff Danzinger, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery made the following statement,

It’s been built up in the consciousness of people over generations that 3,000 miles is the standard, and they ‘ve accepted that with the such certainty that they check their manuals for everything but that.

General Motors vehicles has made statements that oil should be changed every 6,000 to 7,500 miles.

Chrysler has recently recommended 8,000 miles or every six moths.

Some people like Tom Kirk, Service Manager at Don-A-Vee Chrysler Jeep in Placentia, California thinks the recommendations are too long because people do not check their  oil anymore. He recommends changing the oil every 3,000 – 4,000 miles.

In California, if drivers adhered to the new standard, the state could save up to 10 million gallons of oil annually.

Are you curious how often you should change your oil, check your automobile manual and also check out this oil change site.

It is something to think about as we look for ways to conserve oil. I also would keep your driving habits in mind based on your location. Many people live in warmer areas and deal with a lot of stop and go traffic on a daily basis. It is always a good practice to check your own oil and see how fast you are burning oil. I know from experience each car/driver is different.

I was one of those people who have 3,000 miles etched in my brain, but I have found over the years that I am changing my oil between 4,000-5,000 miles. I think that is where I will keep it for now.

What is your takeaway from this article?

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