Archive for December, 2012
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.