You might have made some pretty lofty 2019 new year’s resolutions, but just because 2020 is coming up, it doesn’t mean it is time to forget them or to give up. Instead, it is time to renew your resolutions for a successful new year because there is no time like the present.
Many people think about themselves when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, which is why 2020 is the perfect year to think outside the box. If you love your car, but you struggle with the upkeep, car care could be one of your new year’s resolutions. Looking after your car not only presents you with better habits, but it is also a great way to extend the longevity of your car.
Keep the Interior Clean and Tidy
Having a handheld vacuum is going to be a lifesaver, as will having some wipes and cleaning solutions. Both combined mean that you will be able to tackle messes and spills immediately, instead of letting stains fester and ruin the look of your vehicle. Is it a lot to ask? Not in small doses, which is why it’s important to have these tools on-hand and within easy each.
Go for a Car Wash (especially in winter)
Get your vehicle cleaned and detailed by professionals, especially in winter. The winter months can allow harmful dirt to buildup, and with roads being salted, this salt can cause damage to your car’s paintwork. In winter it will be essential to invest in a good windshield scraper and brush. Use this brush to also knock away any slush buildup underneath the tires and away from the metal chrome detailing on your vehicle. The slush itself isn’t the problem, rather it is the road salt mixed in with the slush that will cause damage. Washing regularly through winter and even getting it buffed with wax will keep it better protected through winter.
Regularly Check Your Air Pressure
Every other time you go to fill up, you should check the air pressure in your tires. Always go for the low-end of your tire’s recommendation, as going over the limit can cause issues and be dangerous. Remember, though, that in winter, air will compress when you are not driving, so you may need to add a little extra air to keep the PSI optimal during your morning drive.
Get It Regularly Tuned
Schedule regular oil changes and checks – this is car care 101. Of course, you can do these checks yourself, but if you are unsure of the recommended levels, then you need to enlist the help of a professional. Also keep your windshield wiper liquid replenished, with spare bottles of water stored in the car’s boot.
Change Out Your Tires
Changing out tires is imperative. If you live in an area that experiences drastic seasons, this is a step you already take when you change your tires to their winter counterparts. If you have all-season tires or live close to the equator, then you need to remember to change out your tires every 5000 to 10,000 miles, depending on their quality and make.
Inspect Before You Drive
Get in the habit of walking around your vehicle and checking underneath your car before you get in and drive. This way, you can check to make sure that there is nothing under your vehicle, in front of your vehicle, and that there are no issues with your car (like a broken brake light).
Drive Proactively and Safely
One great New Year’s resolution is to drive more safely. The best way to keep you and your car safe is to be more aware of your surroundings, keep your speed down, not to depend on other drivers to be safe, and to cut out any distractions. You should also buckle up, ensure everyone else is also wearing their seatbelts, and use your turn signals. Refresh yourself on road safety tips so that you can keep yourself (and your family) safe.
Grab a Rental Car for Long Haul Trips
When you head out for a road trip, the most obvious thought is to take the vehicle that you already own, but by putting on those extra miles, you actually wear down your car and its resale value. It is better to rent a vehicle for your road trip and to keep your own vehicle at home so that you can use it for as long as possible, especially with the other tips on your list.
Not only is this the option that prolongs the life of your own car, but it can also work out to be cheaper and far more comfortable depending on where you wish to go. If you want to travel somewhere on the other side of the country, then it will often be more cost-effective to fly over and rent a car at your destination, rather than try to drive there and back on the ground. We have stations near most US airports, so you’ll always be able to find a great car at a great price.