Happy New Year! We here at Techway Automotive hope that you have a fruitful 2021. When you make your New Year’s resolutions, don’t stop with just you. Take into account how much you rely on your automobile, and make some resolutions for it, as well. There are many things that can affect the safety and reliability of your car, truck, crossover, or SUV. New Year’s resolutions can protect your vehicle so you can rely on it every time you turn the key in the ignition.
Add Long Trips to the Short Ones
If you only take short trips in your automobile, such as 10-minute jaunts to take the kids to and from school, you aren’t giving your vehicle time to warm up completely and this can damage your engine. A couple of times a week, resolve to drive your vehicle for at least 20 minutes straight. This helps warm the oil completely so it can circulate through the engine, and it also dissipates harmful condensation in the exhaust system.
Leave in Plenty of Time
If you’re constantly late, make a resolution this year to leave in plenty of time no matter where you need to go. Leaving late and rushing to your destination is unbelievably hard on your vehicle, not to mention your stress level. Give yourself plenty of time so that you aren’t tempted to drive erratically. This is not only better for your automobile, but it is also better for you. Stress causes high blood pressure and heart disease.
Don’t Abuse Your Car on the Road
Part of why we are encouraging you to make leaving on time a New Year’s resolution is what speeding and driving aggressively does to your automobile. The more you speed, weave in and out of traffic, tailgate, and slam on the brakes the more chances you have of causing an automobile accident. One of the worst things you can do to your engine and your brake system is to accelerate and brake hard. Take it easy on your automobile when you’re driving it.
Stick to the Maintenance Schedule
Finally, your vehicle is only as good as you allow it to be, which is why another New Year’s resolution for your vehicle should be to stick to its maintenance schedule. Preventative maintenance not only keeps your engine, brake system, suspension, and tires like new, but it also helps prevent the need for expensive automobile repairs. Regular servicing allows auto technicians to find problems before they turn into huge headaches, so stick to your vehicle’s maintenance schedule like glue.
With a location in Dothan, AL, and one in Blakely, GA, we’ve got your vehicle’s New Year’s resolutions covered here at Techway Automotive.