As the new year approaches so comes the New Year’s resolutions. Of course, this typically involves personal goals, such as exercising regularly, eating better, spending more time with family and meeting financial goals. However, one of your most prized possessions deserves its own resolutions — your car. Taking good care of your car can allow for a safer driving experience, a more attractive ride and prolonging the life of your current vehicle, which can save you lots of money long-term. Here are some new year’s resolutions for your car you may want to consider.
8 New Year’s resolutions for your car in 2021
Keeping your car in ideal condition should involve regular service, taking care of the tires and brakes, driving safely and with care and keeping the inside and outside clean. The following details eight useful New Year’s resolutions for your car in 2021 that you should consider implementing.
Have your car serviced regularly
You should get your car serviced once every year or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. If you have not had your car serviced in over a year, then the beginning of January is a great time to do so. In addition, you should have your oil changed far more regularly. Most mechanics recommend changing your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.
Take care of your tires and brakes
You should change your tires out every 25,000 to 50,000 miles. If you are due for a tire change in 2021, then make a resolution to purchase new ones. Depending on where you live and how you use your vehicle, you may need special tires for different times of the year. For example, if you live in an area that experiences very cold weather in the winter, then you may need to switch to snow tires in the winter. You should also change your brakes approximately every 50,000 miles.
Drive safe and avoid distractions
Driving safer should be a resolution for everyone in 2021. You can never be too cautious, and in a fast-paced world, it is all too easy to get distracted or rush to get to where we are going. Consider making a resolution to drive safer by limiting distractions in 2021, which should include putting the phone down entirely and driving hands-free. Also, no speeding tickets (or traffic violations of any kind) for 2021 is a great resolution to have as well. You can also make a concerted effort to not drive too close to other people when you are in a hurry as well.
Learn to change a tire and use jumper cables
If you do not know how to change a flat tire or jumpstart a dead battery with jumper cables, then make 2021 the year to learn. If you do already know how, then you can make a New Year’s resolution to teach everyone in your home how to change a tire and jumper cables to ensure they can handle the situation if you are unable to come and help them. Of course, doing so will also include ensuring you have a high-quality spare tire and all of the tools necessary to change your tire as well as a reliable set of jumper cables.
Keep your car washed and detailed
If you are like many, then you may make plans to keep your car clean and feel bad that you do not give it a wash and clean out the inside often enough. The good news is the new year presents an opportunity to do a better job — a new start. Make an effort to wash your car and detail the inside of it at least once each month. This not only helps you feel more comfortable and confident while driving your vehicle, but it can also help ensure your paint does not begin to peel or fade and reduce the risk of oxidation on your headlight and taillight lenses.
Do not get mad while driving
It is all too easy to fall into the trap known as road rage. When someone cuts you off on the highway, recklessly speeds past you or drives too close to you when they are behind you, other drivers can be incredibly frustrating at times. However, getting mad does not do anything to change their behavior and certainly does not make driving safer. In addition, you may find yourself stressing way too much in general, which can be reflected in the way you react to dangerous or inconsiderate drivers. One great way to deal with this and drive stress-free and in a safer manner is to make a New Year’s resolution to not get mad while you are driving.
Replace damaged or outdated parts
Once your parts begin to wear down, you may feel an urge to get the most out of them before replacing them. However, doing so can be dangerous, make driving more challenging and be a complete eyesore. Consider making a resolution for 2021 to replace any faulty, damaged or outdated parts as soon as they start to show signs of wear and tear, rather than waiting until they lead to a larger issue.
New Year’s resolutions for your car are a gift to yourself
This is less of a New Year’s resolution and more of a late Christmas/New Year’s gift to yourself. If you love your vehicle and would love to see it re-live its glory days, then give it a car makeover, which may include a new paint job, upgraded headlights and a complete tune-up. This is a great alternative to purchasing a new vehicle, especially at a time when the economy is not as stable. Often, fixing up your current vehicle is more financially rewarding both in the short-term and long-term when compared with purchasing a new (or even a used) vehicle.
The bottom line
While many break their New Year’s resolutions within the first part of the year, 2021 can finally be the year that you follow through. When it comes to caring for your car, following your New Year’s resolutions for your car can be incredibly beneficial.