5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Car

5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Car

A New Year’s resolution is a hope and a promise to make our lives better for the coming year. Your car is an important part of your life, and it needs to be in good condition to make your travel easy and safe. New Year’s resolutions for your car can help you take better care of it. Here are five resolutions for your car that can extend your vehicle’s life.

1.     Keep the Tires in Top Condition

Keep an eye on your tires to make sure they’re in top condition. Your tires should always keep the recommended tire pressure, even the spare tire, so check it often. Watch out for balding of tires. With roads covered in ice, a bald tire will not provide you any traction in winter. Front tires face different driving conditions than rear tires. Lots of pressure is exerted on the outer side of your front tires when the car turns. This makes the tires wear unevenly. Tire experts recommend a tire rotation during oil changes (every 3 months) to extend tire life.

2.     Schedule at Least Two Service Appointments This Year

Your car might be in good condition. This doesn’t mean you can ignore maintenance on it. Just because you’re healthy now doesn’t mean you skip your doctor’s appointments! It’s a good idea to schedule two service appointments this year. Get your car checked thoroughly from a professional with a trained eye to catch problems early. After an inspection, you will know if you need any repairs done and what to look out for during the next maintenance visit.

3.     Don’t Ignore Unusual Symptoms

Does your car make a weird sound? Don’t ignore these strange sounds or assume it’s just the road. This could be the early sign of a larger problem. For example, if your car makes a sound like a dove cooing, this could be a transmission or a gasket problem. If you hear whining sounds while turning, check the wheel bearings. Pay attention to unusual symptoms and take your car in for repairs when necessary.

4.     Keep your Car Clean

Keep your car clean and tidy inside and out. Remove any dirt, garbage, food crumbs, or plastic bottles lying around. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean upholstery and seats. Dedicate a day every week to clean your car’s interior. When it gets warmer, wash your car every two weeks.

5.     Reduce the Weight of your Car

Did you know the car manufacturer uses advanced materials and technologies to reduce your car’s weight? This is specifically done to increase fuel efficiency. Don’t waste all that hard work. Remove junk from your car whenever you notice it. Out of season sports equipment should be placed in a closet or garage when not in use, not kept in your trunk. Make it a habit to check your car for junk and unwanted stuff every week. Remove accessories like roof racks or Tupperware holders when not in use.

These New Year’s resolutions can help you make a schedule and don’t cost much. These can help extend the life of your car without spending too much money or time.