New Year’s Resolution Checklist

New Year’s Resolution

What About Your Car?

There is so much talk about New Year’s Resolutions and everyone creating goals for themselves for the new year. What about goals for your vehicle? The one you drive every day, bring the kids to soccer practice, and drive to work? Yeah that one. Its pretty important. It is also important to keep up with regular maintenance to ensure your vehicle runs smooth for longer and that your family is safe.

New You, Improved Car

Everyone Needs A Vacation

Maintenance is simple and is something that should not be ignored because it can end up costing you a whole lot in repairs that you do not plan to spend. Just think of all the money you could save in repairs. That money could be translated into taking a family vacation. So if you take care of your car you could save enough get a vacation. Sounds like a pretty sweet trade off doesn’t it?

Say your New Year’s goal is to spend ⅓ less in wear and tear costs to not only keep your car running longer, but to save money so you and your family can take that vacation you’ve been needing. The number one thing you can do is remember to change all fluids regularly. Your vehicle’s fluids are not meant to last long term. They are set to last for a certain period of time, after that they tend to break down and fail to perform and protect as well as they once did.

Air Filters, Belt, Hoses, Batteries, and Spark Plugs

It is imperative to change your oil according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. Remember to not only change oil on a regular basis, but to check it regularly. You may hear all kinds of time frames, but once a week is a safe bet to make sure you stay on top of it. In addition to oil changes, coolant changes and transmission fluid are important for the life of your vehicle. Don’t forget to check air filters, cabin filters, belts, hoses, batteries, and even spark plugs. Learning how to inspect your own vehicle can save a lot of money in the long run and can prove to be a self-rewarding experience.

Something even simpler than getting your car on a maintenance schedule is to wash and wax it. It May seem obvious, but there are many people who neglect the exterior of their vehicle which can oxidize and tarnish paint to where it may hurt resale or trade-in values. Besides, cruising around in a nice clean, freshly waxed car is a great feeling, and you might just turn a few heads. It is especially important to wash your car in the winter. Driving through the car wash after each snow storm to remove snow and salt can prevent rust and rot that can really hurting the resale value of your vehicle. Modern car washes even offer the option of foam conditioners and waxes to make paint shine and further protect it.

Just Looking For A Smooth Ride

Stay on Top of Those Tires

Tire pressure is something that many people forget to consider when evaluating the life of tires, ride quality, and fuel efficiency. Most vehicles these days have tire pressure sensors built right into the wheel, and a digital display to inform you of current tire pressure. Your vehicle will alert you when a tire is under its recommended pressure. If your vehicle is not equipped with tire pressure sensors, you can manually check yourself with a tire pressure gauge.

Staying on top of your tire pressure may not seem like a big deal but it has more of an impact than one might think. Regulating the proper tire pressure is mainly important for the longevity of your tires. Operating a vehicle with inadequate tire pressure for a long period of time will cause tires to wear irregularly. Whether that is more or less than the recommended it will have negative effects on tire wear. If you have less tire pressure, tires tend to wear on the outsides. If there is more tire pressure, tires tend to wear on the inside. Once the tire becomes worn it will provide a less than smooth ride, and become more and more noticeable over time. Poorly worn tires can result in front end shake and eventually cause front end issues. This is why it is also a good idea to rotate tires regularly so all four wear evenly, additionally adding to tire life.

Don’t Be A Lead Foot

Do your friends tell you that you have a lead foot? Do they hold on to handles gripping for dear life? Maybe it’s time to ease of the gas and become a more mindful driver. Seriously though, road raging certainly does not help with fuel efficiency. It can reduce efficiency up to 35% and that’s a lot when it comes to your gas tank. Being more mindful and patient can help significantly to reduce burning through gas like no tomorrow. As an added bonus you will reduce emissions and help out the environment.

Lastly, are you one to warm up your car for 15 minutes every morning? More than likely that warm up time is unnecessary because modern vehicles need only need a 30 second window for the engine to warm up, anything longer is simply a waste. Vehicles burn the most fuel upon start up due to a higher idle, so no need to have that long of a run time. Your car will warm up faster driving down the road.

As your New Year’s Resolution, try these tips to keep you car up to par. If you take care of your car, it will take care of you. Remember preventative maintenance is huge when it comes to automobiles. The more you maintain it, the less you have to pay in repairs, and the higher resale/trade value. Before you know it, you will have saved up enough for that family vacation you deserve.

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