You have most likely heard the saying “new year, new you” that motivates millions to make important changes when January 1st arrives. From losing weight to kicking a bad habit to the curb, countless resolutions are crafted to improve health and increase happiness. But what about car care? Yes, the new year is also a great time to dedicate yourself to ensuring your vehicle is running optimally and looking its best. Here are four car care inspired resolutions for 2020.
Keep up with car maintenance
Hopefully you kept your car well-maintained in 2019, but if you didn’t, make 2020 the year you stick to your car’s recommended maintenance schedule. That includes oil changes, tire and brake inspections and tune ups. If your car is reaching a milestone such as 30,000,60,000 or 90,000 miles, make sure you schedule an appointment to have your car’s systems thoroughly checked. And even if you are mechanically inclined, opting for a professional mechanic is always a wise decision. An experienced, well-trained mechanic can find and fix issues that a layman will often miss.
Detail and keep your car clean
Give your car some much needed TLC by cleaning it inside and out. The exterior should be thoroughly washed, dried and waxed. The interior, which usually needs the most work, should have any debris or trash removed, the seats and floors should be vacuumed, and windows cleaned for improved visibility. If you don’t feel up to the task opt for a professional detailing service (especially if you haven’t cleaned your car for an extended period). Once clean try to keep it that way by scheduling a regular time of the week to detail your car.
Make your car more comfortable, convenient and organized by accessorizing. If your floor mats are old and worn replace them with new ones. Add an organizer to keep clutter at bay in the front and a cargo net in the back or trunk to hold groceries and other items in their place. A new holder to keep your phone in a safe easily viewable location is also a great way to add convenience. And for your own comfort consider a back-support cushion to make those long commutes a little more tolerable.
Commit to safe driving
The best way to take care of your car is to take care of yourself. Make a commitment to drive safely in 2020. Most importantly never text and drive but texting isn’t the only distraction for modern drivers. Any activity that takes your eyes away from the road can cause an accident and that includes eating and drinking, doing make up or changing the channel on your radio. Those activities can wait until you are safely parked. Make 2020 the year you end distracted driving.
With these tips your car will cruise through 2020 and into 2021 in style. All it takes is a little work and commitment and your car will look and run great the entire year.