It’s that time again! We’ve closed the chapter on 2013, and we drive forward into a new year. 2014 is fresh with hope for better and brighter things. Many of you are making resolutions to get in shape, eat healthier, stick to a budget, and organize your house. While you’re making that list, may we suggest a few resolutions for your car?
Resolve to get serious about maintenance. Everybody knows that maintaining your car will keep you safer and will make it last longer, but not everyone acts on that knowledge. With numerous maintenance apps, it has never been easier to keep car maintenance fresh in your mind. Budgeting ahead and learning a few DIY tasks keep the costs more manageable; also remember that the cost of maintenance is much lower than the cost of repair (not to mention towing, an accident, or lost work from being stranded).
Resolve to end distracted driving. Focus on the road. Period. Encourage others to do the same.
Resolve to keep it clean. Just like proper engine maintenance will keep your car running smoothly, proper cleaning will keep your resale value high and your vehicle looking great. Road salt is particularly harmful to your car’s paint job, so don’t wait until spring to begin this routine. Keeping the interior clean is also a safety issue, as loose objects can become projectiles in the event of an accident.
Resolve to save when you can. Life is not cheap, and neither is gas. So, when it is possible, carpool. Plan to run errands all at once instead of making multiple trips. Don’t idle for more than a minute or two. With a bit of thought, you can easily save some money by filling up less often. Also, remember that proper maintenance will improve your fuel efficiency. So, keep your tire pressure at the optimal level and keep to that maintenance schedule we discussed above.
When setting your New Year’s resolutions, whether for yourself or for your car, remember to keep your goals simple and reasonable. You’ll be more likely to stick to it and finish 2014 with a sense of accomplishment.