While 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!