The New Year traditionally, is a time for change. We all take a look back at the past year and decide what we want to do differently in the New Year. Your car is no different. Each year it gets a little bit older. The wear and tear of normal driving takes more and more of a toll every year, and even with regular maintenance, sometimes there are little things that we as drivers do that keep our cars from being their best selves.
Here are 4 New Year’s resolutions you can make on behalf of your car to keep it running smoother than it has in years and help you start the year the right way.
Get Your Car’s Body into Shape
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions people make is to get In better shape, so why not make the same resolution for your car. The winter months can be really tough on your car’s body.
Any minor dings or dents you may have had before the snow and salt started to fly can rust themselves into much bigger problems if left unchecked. Fix your dents, and have your rust spots cleaned up and sealed before the damage gets any worse
Be a More Fuel-Efficient Driver
Aggressive driving and speeding can raise your fuel costs as much as 35%. So slow down, give yourself a little more time to reach your destination. Make sure you change your air filters, and keep your oil changes up to date and you can keep your fuel costs down and more money in your wallet.
Kick Your Idling Habit
New Year’s is a time for kicking bad habits like unnecessary idling. Contrary to popular belief the best and most efficient way to warm up your car is to drive it at moderate speed for about 10 minutes. If you let your car idle for 10 minutes a day produces almost a quarter tone of carbon dioxide and costs more than $80 every year. Avoid using electronic starters as they lead to excessive idling. Modern electrically controlled engines allow for you to drive away within 30 seconds of starting your engine even on the coldest days.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Your tires need a bit of extra attention in winter. Cold temperatures decrease the air pressure in your tires which adds to rolling resistance. Driving with just one under inflated tire can reduce the life of the tire by 9,000 miles and increase fuel consumption by 4 percent.
By simply adjusting your normal driving habits a small about we can do a lot to improve the life of your car, and keep more of your hard earned dollars in your wallet.