Many people choose the New Year to make plans for goals they’ve always wanted to accomplish. If you’re an automotive enthusiast, there’s no reason your New Year’s resolutions can’t include aspirations for your car. Check out our ideas for resolutions that will help you and your car start this year off on the right tire.
New Year’s Car Resolutions
Learn Your Stuff
The New Year is a great opportunity to dedicate yourself to learning something. Expand or brush up on your knowledge of your vehicle by taking the time to read your owner’s manual. It contains loads of information about the care and products your vehicle needs.
You can also visit web pages and online forums with information on your vehicle to pick up other tips and tricks.
This research can help you take better care of your vehicle so that it lasts as long as possible.
Take a Stab at DIY
If you’ve never ventured into the world of DIY auto maintenance, empower yourself by taking the first step this year. Learning how to diagnose and fix minor issues with your vehicle can not only save you money, but also give you a great sense of achievement.
Check out these and plenty of other DIY guides on our blog:
- DIY Rust Proofing
- DIY Car Detailing Tips
- How to Restore Your Hazy Headlights to Their Original Brightness
Pick a job that looks manageable to you and give it a go. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
Develop a Maintenance Routine
Even if you’re new to DIY, the New Year is a chance to start an automotive maintenance routine. Your routine should include interior and exterior cleaning, tire changes, windshield wiper changes , battery maintenance, fluid checks/changes, and more.
Certain maintenance tasks need to be done more frequently than others. Keep track of what tasks you’ve completed and you’ll always be on top of your car’s schedule.
Adapt Your Driving Habits
If you’d like to save money this year, consider changing your habits behind the wheel. By driving with fuel efficiency in mind, you may be able to make your tank last longer and limit trips to the gas pump.
Try out these tips to help improve your car’s fuel efficiency:
- Accelerate and decelerate gently.
- Plan your route ahead of time to avoid peak traffic hours (if possible).
- Avoid idling.
- Keep your tires inflated to their correct pressure (you can find this information on the inside of the driver-side door).
- Limit heater and A/C
Becoming more aware of your driving habits can also lead to safer driving, especially during the winter. Whatever the season, though, always pay attention to your surroundings, never drive under the influence, and don’t use your cellphone or any other distracting device while behind the wheel. You can help everyone get home safely by driving more carefully this year.
Plan a Road Trip
Travelling more is a common New Year’s resolution. Why not enjoy some new sights from the comfort of your vehicle by planning a few road trips? Once you decide where you want to go, gather all the essentials so you’re prepared for whatever happens on your journey.
If you can’t wait until the spring to hit the road, you can still do a winter road trip as long as your vehicle is properly equipped.
If you’re interested in more New Year’s resolution ideas, browse our blog or visit your local NAPA Auto Parts store for inspiration. We can help make this your year to improve your automotive knowledge and skills.
Happy New Year!