Car care tips for the new year
As the new year begins, there are many people who follow the tradition to resolve to change bad habits, start doing things better, or just overall embrace change. We promise ourselves that we are going to try spend more time with family, or that we’re going to be nicer to our neighbors and co-workers.
We convince ourselves that we need start eating healthier and begin working out (and stick with it!) to helps us shed those pounds that we packed on during the holidays. We know we all have good intentions, but we rarely keep up with these resolutions.
No matter where you are in the resolution process, we have one more easy one to add to your list, and it’s one that we can even help with: taking better care of our vehicle! Because we count on our vehicles to get us to and from work each day, to bring the kids (and their friends!) to practices or school events, to take road trips and vacations, and even to take us to the gym so we can exercise, it is essential that we treat our vehicles well.
“We like to recommend just keeping it simple when it comes to preventative care maintenance,” says
Kevin Wade, Service Manager for Western Slope Auto. “It’s easy to get overwhelmed and worry about the cost, but it actually saves you money in the long run if you are proactive in caring for your vehicle.”
By only changing a few things, you can help your vehicle last longer, have more appeal to potential future buyers and be much more efficient.
Here are a few car care tips for the new year to help you get off on the right track:
1. Clean out your vehicle. This one is easy and free to do. Excess dirt and trash can wear down upholstery and carpeting, so you should vacuum regularly and wipe down surfaces (they get pretty dusty). Less clutter means less weight, which in turn means better gas mileage, so remove unnecessary items from your trunk and your rooftop cargo carrier when you’re not using it. This can cut down on wind resistance.
2. Check your tire pressure and wheels regularly (once a month). Tires with low pressure wear out faster, which ends up costing you more money in the long run. Un-aligned wheels can cause uneven wear, as well as stress on suspension components. A quick way to check this is to check that your tread is wearing evenly – and take your car in if it’s not.
3. Follow the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual. Routine oil changes and checking your vehicle’s fluids will keep it from aging before its time. We would be happy to help you and your vehicle in any way we can at Western Slope Auto’s maintenance department.
4. Take care of any minor problems and easy repair work as soon as possible. Don’t ignore check-engine lights, poor handling, brake issues or other problems that present themselves. Neglect can be much more costly in the long run; For example, brake pads are cheaper and easier to replace than brake rotors.
5. Promise yourself to be a better driver. Avoid quick starts and stops. Sudden accelerations waste fuel and strain the engine and aggressive stops wear out your brakes much faster than slowly coming to a stop. Speeding significantly decreases your gas mileage, so drive the speed limit.