Achievable New Year’s Resolutions: For Your Car
Every year, right before January 1st, we commit to making some big life changes (you know those ones we’ve been meaning to do forever). This is the year we’re going to finally get a six pack, finish writing that novel, start learning Chinese, and finally become best-friends with our in-laws. Definitely happening.
How about trying something new in 2018? This year, resolve to take care of the one who waits for you in the cold, takes you to work everyday, carries all your groceries, and rocks out with you on your favourite jams. … Your car!
Check out these 5 easy resolutions that you (and your car) can definitely accomplish this year:
- Go for regular check-ups.
Remember the old adage: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? Well, it’s no different for your car’s health. Seasonal maintenance checks and tune-ups help improve the efficiency of your car and also make sure you don’t have to pay out a huge sum to replace parts down the road. Make sure you keep an eye out for things like rust build up too!
- Keep tidy – inside and out!
Most of us give our cars a rinse pretty regularly (or once we can’t read the license plate anymore) but what about the inside of your ride? Is your floor littered with empty plastic bottles and garbage? Is your backseat so full of clothes, shoes, and bags, that it’s pretty much a backup storage closet?
This year, make it a point to use the vacuum pump at the Car Wash each time you visit, and clean up all the built up mud on your car floor. Throw out the trash after every road trip. Keep your clothes at home. Use an air freshener.
- Watch what you put inside.You are what you eat! Don’t cheap out on gas if your car needs high-octane fuel. It can be incredibly damaging for your engine in the long run. Keep your washer fluid topped up through every season – especially winter. Use the right kind of oil for your car in every season.
- Stay committed to “tire care”.
Just like us humans, cars need some small things every now and then to look and feel their best. Make sure your tire pressure is always maintained – especially during winter. Cold temperatures mean that the air pressure in your tires will drop.Driving a car around with even
one tire that’s under-inflated by 8 psi can reduce the overall life of that tire by 15,000 km and increase your car’s fuel consumption by 4 percent! Skip the gas guzzlin’ and give your tires the attention they deserve.
- Volunteer with your car!Finally, use your car for a greater good this year and offer to carpool, or help someone else without transport get where they need to be. There are even charity organizations that regularly require drivers! Take a look online and see where you and your car can be of the most assistance.
Take a shot at these 5 easy resolutions this year and watch your self-satisfaction (and your car’s length of life) soar. 2018 is going to be a great year – let’s start it on the right tire.