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Want to Know What You Can Do to Get The Most Out Of Your Car? Let This Man’s Amazing Feat Inspire You

 According to Consumer Reports, today’s average car has a lifespan of about 150,000 miles. Seems like a lot, right? But that figure is no match to what Brook Smith, a long haul driver from Missouri, achieved between the two pickup trucks he owns. Here’s what he did to achieve what he did to push his vehicles to last more than a million miles.

The Long Haul

The driver and his well-traveled pickups have been recently featured in a series of videos on Pickup Truck and SUV Talk’s Youtube channel.

Smith owns a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2015 GMC Sierra that together has ticked over 1.5 million miles. The driver was able to clock in these impressive numbers as he goes back and forth between the United States and Canada. In fact, his red Silverado pickup, which he has nicknamed ‘Big Red’, is so well-traveled that it’s seen roads in all American states except Hawaii.

It’s all been to all 10 Canadian provinces and two Canadian territories as well. All in all, Big Red has reportedly been driven over a million miles as Smith makes a living hauling RVs.

A look inside Big Red’s hood.

The vehicle achieved all these without much of a problem when it comes to its components. Smith actually only made minor upgrades to his Chevy like getting a better torque converter to accommodate the heavy loads he regularly hauls.

He also made it a point to maintain the pickup’s engine, which is a 6.6-liter LBZ Duramax engine. The vehicle’s Allison transmission has worked issue-free as well all throughout Smith’s continent-crossing journeys.

New ‘Office’

And now, Smith has made his 2015 Sierra his new ‘office’. Equipped with more modern features than Big Red, the vehicle was actually bought by the driver with 93,000 miles already on its odometer. It’s reportedly recently surpassed the 500,000-mile mark.

Another edge that the vehicle has over his older one is that it’s a factory-spec pickup equipped features like an integrated infotainment system and better interiors.

It’s also worth remarking that both of Smith’s pickups were manufactured by car companies under the banner of General Motors. And while his efforts in maintaining the vehicles are to be admired, it looks like there’s also praise to be made in the direction of the cars’ manufacturer.

Another Impressive Record

Pictured above is a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado unit

Another proof of the Chevy Silverado’s longevity is the case of couple Hugh and Tammy Pennington, who owns a 2006 model of it that has managed to set 1.2 million-mile record. The Penningtons are in a similar occupation as Smith and were driving the truck an average of 500 miles a day.

Their secret to maintaining the vehicle? Nothing but regular and diligent maintenance. The couple reportedly changed tires often, replaced filters regularly, and changed oil on time. They were even given the chance to speak at an event in a General Motors plant after their Chevy reached the million-mile mark.


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