A new year brings a new chance to take stock of our lives and patch up some of our mistakes and shortcomings. For most people, New Year’s resolutions are all about self-improvement. Why not make some New Year resolution for the things you love? If you love your car, here are five resolutions that will keep your car looking good and performing well all year round.
1. Check your Tires Regularly
Your car’s tires need constant love and care. Your vehicle relies on four tires to move ahead safely on the road, so here are some tips to keep them in top shape.
- Check the tire pressure every month when it’s warm. In winter, you need to check tire pressure more often. A 10-degree drop in temperature can cause a 1psi drop in your tire pressure. Check your tires whenever it gets colder to maintain fuel efficiency.
- Rotate your tires every six months or after every 7500 miles, whichever comes first. Your car manual will contain more specific information about when and how to rotate your tires. If you stay on top of rotation, your tires will wear evenly and you won’t have to replace them as often.
2. Pay Attention to your Car Maintenance Schedule
Every car manufacturer recommends a maintenance schedule to help it last as long as possible. Check your car manual for a specific maintenance schedule for your make and model. The car maintenance schedule recommends certain items to be inspected or replaced at specific intervals like at 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 miles. Some things included in a car maintenance schedule include engine oil changes, fluid top offs, and changing the oil and air filters.
3. Lighten Up your Vehicle
The heavier your car is, the more fuel it uses. Travel light to save on fuel costs. Make sure there aren’t any unnecessary things stored in your trunk or cabin, like your child’s sport gear that won’t be used for a few months or that tub of things you were going to take to donate. Even car accessories like roof racks can add to the weight, so remove them when they’re not in use.
4. Keep it Clean
Even if you ban food from your car, you’ll still find that children drop empty food bags and crumbs in your car’s cabin. These crumbs will smell off after a few days, leaving your whole car with a foul stench. Clean your car’s interior once a week, like it’s a room of your home, and this won’t build up as much. Take a vacuum cleaner and remove all dirt and garbage from the car’s cabin.
5. Create a Car Savings Account
Car repairs can be expensive and wreck your budget. Create a car savings account and put aside a little money for car maintenance and repairs every month. This money should be used for the car only. A savings account can help you pay for a more expensive repair and ensure you don’t have to delay maintenance for financial reasons.
Now that you have a few simple resolutions to start out with, try and make a commitment to follow them this year.