The New Year is upon us! This means resolutions and the best intentions for new beginnings. New Year’s resolutions are commonly either body-image or money-related. Also, it is a well-known fact that most New Year’s resolutions are broken within the first couple months of the year, but maybe we can better those odds if our commitments are more vehicular-based rather than economic- or bodily-focused. Here are a few smart New Year’s resolutions related to our cars; ones that save money, time, sanity and — perhaps — lives.
Get Your Vehicle’s Body into Shape
Most individuals resolve to get their body into better shape in the New Year. Why not make this same resolution for your vehicle? A simple vehicle maintenance regimen includes checking your tire pressure once a month, inspecting for fluid leaks, taking you car in for oil changes and regular scheduled maintenance and reading the owner’s manual. This will help you save money and fuel and protect the environment. Maintenance schedules vary depending on the vehicle, and Asher Automotive has to all of them. In addition, it is important to have a trained automotive professional you trust. Asher Automotive is ready to keep your vehicle properly maintained.
Be a Fuel-Efficient Driver
Relax behind the wheel. Aggressive driving and speeding can increase your fuel consumption by as much as 35 percent. A few of the many things you can do to save money and fuel, as well as lower your vehicle’s emission include:
- Slowing down
- Giving yourself more time
- Planning your routes ahead of time
Kick the Idling Habit
The New Year is a great time to start kicking bad habits such as unnecessary idling. Not only is this bad for the environment and the health of people around it you, it is also bad for your wallet and your vehicle. Contrary to popular belief, the best way to warm up your car on cooler days is to drive it at a moderate speed. Idling for ten minutes a day produces almost a quarter-ton of carbon dioxide emissions and costs more than $80 a year. One option is to use a block heater to warm your car’s engine before you start. Temperatures in central Texas rarely drop low enough where you need to warm up your car before driving it.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Your tires need special attention, especially during the winter. Cold temperatures cause the air pressure in tires to decrease, adding resistance and increasing the energy (and gas!) your car needs to get moved and maintain speed. Tire pressure should be measured regularly, particularly after a sharp drop in temperature. Driving a vehicle with just one tire under-inflated by 8 psi can reduce the life of the tire by 9,000 miles and increase the vehicle’s fuel consumption by 4 percent. Check your tire pressure regularly to improve fuel efficiency and enhance safety.
Change Your Oil on Time
Changing the oil in your vehicle at the proper manufacturer intervals not only increases the life your car, it also saves money on wear and tear, and in turn, it saves towing and other related breakdown costs. Consult your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s oil change interval. Some newer model vehicles indicate next service intervals on information screens at startup. If you can’t locate your manual, search online for a copy, as many manufacturers also provide online access to manuals.
These are just a few tips and guidelines for those searching for smart New Year’s Resolutions for your car. Contact Asher Automotive with the link below for more information or to schedule your appointment today!