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New Year’s Car Resolutions

new year's car resolutions - southtowne hyundai - riverdale gaWhile you’re making resolutions for yourself to exercise more and budget better, consider making some commitments to your car as well. New Year’s car resolutions are a great way to motivate yourself to take better care of your car this year. Here are some ideas!

First of all, if you haven’t been sticking to your scheduled maintenance, you can start this year. Schedule oil changes and tune-ups for the coming year now so you don’t forget. You should also schedule a day each month to check the tire pressure and check the fluid levels.

Give your car a regular wash to keep it free dust, salt, and anything else that might lead to corrosion and paint damage. You should also make an effort to keep the inside clean, including vacuuming occasionally.

If there’s a dashboard indicator light you’ve been ignoring, like the check-engine light, stop ignoring it! Go get it diagnosed and repaired as soon as possible, or you’ll probably run out of luck before long and you’ll end up with a car that doesn’t work.

Another thing you can do is change your driving habits. Committing to slowing down, coasting to a stop instead of braking hard, and reducing how often you idle—especially on cold mornings—will extend the life of your vehicle.

Drive safely, and happy New Year!

Why Should You Get Your Tires Rotated?

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Getting your tires rotated may sound silly if you’re not too technical when it comes to cars. But the phrase “rotating your tires” isn’t the same as what your tires do on the road when you drive. Rotating your tires actually means moving the positions of your tires on your car.

So why should you get your tires rotated, and how often? To answer the first, it allows your tires to wear evenly. When you drive, it is your front tires that wear down more quickly, as they undergo the forces of steering. That means, given a couple years, your front tires would have much less tread than your back tires. So what do you do? You rotate them, bringing front to back and back to front. This allows them to wear evenly.

We recommend rotating your tires every six months, that way you can just pack the chore into your oil change here with us at SouthTowne Hyundai. Have more maintenance questions? Our expert staff will be happy to assist you—just give us a call or bring your questions to your next service visit.

You can also study up with our “Let’s Talk About Your Car” service page. And, while you’re there, see what you can do to improve your fuel economy every day.