New Decade, New Me (As in, Car Owner)
As we all know, the new year is a great time to set new year’s resolutions or goals to help better yourself throughout the year. Whatever your new year’s resolutions may be, did you happen to consider your car’s needs, too? While making resolutions to improve your health and overall lifestyle are great, adding a few for your car is an even better idea! You use it every day, don’t you? Make yourself a better car owner and keep your car in the best condition it’s been in this year with these 5 new year’s resolutions every car owner should have for 2020.
New Year’s Resolutions for Every Car Owner
1. Don’t Neglect Car Maintenance
If you were lax about making regular maintenance appointments for your vehicle in 2019, your first new year’s resolution should be to call your Integrity Automotive! Yes, I know keeping up with car maintenance can be a pain on your wallet, but when you don’t keep up with it bigger problems can arise which cost even more than regular maintenance. Plus, the more you keep up with routine maintenance recommended by your owner’s manual, the longer the health and lifespan of your vehicle will have.
2. Learn to Do Basic Maintenance Yourself
Why not make it a new year’s resolution to learn how to do some basic checkups yourself? While there are some maintenance tasks that should only be done by a skilled technician, there are simple tasks you can do by yourself to keep your car maintained this year. Start with something small, like learning to replace your windshield wipers. It usually needs to be done seasonally and is important for road safety. A couple other car maintenance tips you can learn to do yourself is check the oil, check the tire pressure, change your air filter, and maintain your car’s battery. These are great ways to save you money this year and learn something new!
3. End Distracted Driving
Most people think that distracted driving means texting and driving but it actually refers to anything that can take your full attention away from the road.
According to the BMV, there are many things that cause distracted driving:
- Reaching for something
- Changing the music
- Using an app
- Checking your GPS or map
- Taking a photo
- Checking email or posting to social media
- Eating and drinking
- Putting on makeup/grooming
Distracted driving is an epidemic that is completely preventable. All you have to do is put down the phone and pay attention. Make it a goal for the new year not to add to these distracted driving statistics, but to make them smaller.
Keep Your Car Clean
We all have this problem. Maybe this year, you can be the one of us who actually makes a difference and proves that we can keep our cars spotless. Try adding things to make it easier for you to keep a clean interior such as a trash can you can keep in your car, or saving up some extra change to vacuum your carpets once in a while. There are lots of place you can have auto memberships at for monthly cleaning too if it’s in your budget. One way to really focus on cleanliness as well is decluttering your vehicle! Do you keep clothes and random items in the back seat? It’s time to bag them up and carry them back inside where they belong.
What Are Your New year’s Resolutions?
The whole point to a new year’s resolution is to improve your life. When you take care of your car and drive safely your life is guaranteed to improve. You’ll have less car maintenance headaches to deal with, and hopefully no tickets since you’ll be a better driver! Do you have any resolutions that you think would help us all be better drivers or car owners? Let us know! Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.