I have driven a lot of cars in my life and I recently realized that maybe I have been doing the most important part all wrong. The test drive.

I think we all underestimate and under-use the short time we have during a vehicle test drive. You are going to pay good money for a car so you should spend some good time making sure the car is what you want. Autotrader had some really good suggestions on getting the most out of your drive.

You can't get all the info you need about a vehicle by doing a few Google searches and then spending 5 minutes driving down main street. You need to really drive that car and put it through the ringer, get the RPM's up there, and stop driving like a grandma when taking test drives. The video above has 5 things you must do in each test drive to get the best experience and results out of each drive.