Archive for December, 2012

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

With 2013 just around the corner, you might be compiling your list of New Year’s resolutions.  While you’re making plans to get healthier or more organized, consider applying some of these resolutions to your car.   Paying mind to your vehicle in your resolutions list can keep your car running smoothly all year long and beyond.

Stay Healthy:  Many New Year’s resolutions include hitting the gym or eating better, and your vehicle can benefit from a healthier lifestyle too.  Resolve to keep your car in good shape by sticking to a maintenance schedule and addressing mechanical problems promptly.  Get your oil changed regularly, monitor fluid levels, check tire pressure and rotate tires, get regular tune-ups, and address your “check engine light” if it comes on.  These are just a few simple steps you can take to keep your car in good health.  Check your owner’s manual for recommended maintenance regimens.

Go Green:  Going green is great New Year’s resolution, and applying this mindset to your vehicle doesn’t only help the environment, but it can also save you money.  Aggressive driving and speeding can increase your fuel consumption by up to 35 percent, and letting your car idle for 10 minutes a day produces almost a quarter ton of carbon dioxide emissions and costs you more than $80 every year.  Pay mind to your driving habits and you could save on fuel costs while being kinder to mother nature.

Keep Organized:  Getting your household or finances in order might be on your resolution list.  Consider applying the same organizational motivation when it comes to your car.  Keep your maintenance records organized, lay out a maintenance schedule for the year, be sure your loan and insurance payments are made on time.

Stay Clean:  Does your resolutions list include cleaning out the basement or the fridge?  Don’t forget to include your vehicle on those cleaning sprees.  Regular cleaning of your car’s exterior can help maintain your paint job, and keeping your interior clean can reduce wear and tear and staining.  Extra clutter in your back seat or trunk is not only unsightly, but the unnecessary weight can reduce gas mileage.  Clean up for a more pleasant and fuel efficient ride.

Be Safe:  Resolve to be a safer driver in 2013 and protect your own well-being as well as those of your fellow drivers out on the road.  Obey traffic laws, buckle up, avoid cell phone use and distracted driving, replace worn wipers to improve visibility, and stay home in bad weather.

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5 Ways to Prepare for a Holiday Road Trip

December is one of the busiest months of the year for travel, with over 90% of long-distance holiday travel done by car.  If you’re hitting the road this holiday season, a few simple steps can make your trip safer and more comfortable.

Click here for five ways to prepare for your holiday road trip.

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5 Ways to Prepare for a Holiday Road Trip

December is one of the busiest months of the year for travel, with over 90% of long-distance holiday travel done by car.  If you’re hitting the road this holiday season, a few simple steps can make your trip safer and more comfortable.

1. Get a tune-up:  A routine tune-up can make all the difference in reaching your destination without becoming stranded on the side of the road.  Get your oil changed and check vital fluids such as transmission and brake fluids.  An inspection of your coolant system is also important when your car is operating in extreme cold temperatures.  Check your wipers and make sure they are in shape to handle wintery precipitation.

2. Protect your interior:  Slushy conditions outside inevitably means passengers’ shoes tracking those elements inside your vehicle.  Adding some all-weather floor mats to your car can help contain the elements, and they are also very easy to clean.  Other useful items to have on hand for holiday road trips include wet wipes, spot removers, and a dedicated trash bag.

3. Pack an emergency kit:  The unexpected will happen, and it’s best to be prepared.  Taking a few minutes and a few bucks to assemble an emergency kit could save the day in the event of an emergency.  Some useful items to stash in your truck include:  A blanket, flashlight, first aid kit, matches, flares, gloves, jumper cables, bottled water, energy bars, and a small shovel.

4. Update your navigation system:  Roads change all the time and keeping your maps up to date can get you to your destination more quickly and efficiently.  Not only do roads change, but so do businesses.  If you use your navigation system to find the nearest gas station or your favorite restaurant, you might find yourself directed to an establishment that no longer exists.  Save time, money, and headaches by updating your navigation system!

5. Do your research:  If you’re traveling across state lines, be sure to know the laws outside your home turf, such as cell phone restrictions and speed limits.  And don’t forget to check the weather along your route to be prepared for weather delays and traffic.

Best wishes from Rogers Auto Group for a safe and happy holiday season!

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