If you're like almost half of all adults, you have a New Year's resolution - however, once the ball drops and the fireworks are all shot, our commitment to our resolutions seems to waver a little. A week into the new year, just 77 percent of us are still holding to our promises, and after six months, that number drops to just 40 percent, according to University of Pennsylvania research.
This new year, we invite you to not become a New Year's statistic. Make a resolution you can actually keep - and while you're at it, apply those convictions to your vehicle, too. Here's our New Year's Toast to all of you!
Keeping a better schedule can help all of us stay better organized in the New Year - and while you're choosing a new personal organizer, take a look at your vehicle's owner's manual as well, and make a note of your recommended maintenance schedule. As long as you're getting your life more organized, you should make sure you stick to this schedule, too. Keeping to the recommended maintenance schedule may seem like a hassle, but if you plan it ahead of time, it's quite manageable, and it will ensure peak performance for your vehicle for plenty of New Years to come.
We all have those projects we've been putting off, and a New Year's Resolution to finally complete that to-do list is a great way to start the new year. Here's a tip - do it early, because by 2018 you'll have a new list of unfinished projects. While you're at it, stop putting off that car repair. You know the one - the squeaky belt, the 60k maintenance visit, that noise that you've been hearing, the squeaky brakes, the slightly-off alignment, or the just-a-little-too-worn tires. It's time to stop putting off those repairs and get them done - don't wait for these minor annoyances to turn into an expensive breakdown.
One of the greatest promises you can make to yourself is to learn how to do things the right way, the first time, every time. It eliminates guess-work and takes away the stress of wondering if your jury-rigged repair on the plumbing will hold. While you're at it, learn how to properly install vehicle accessories. These are things like wiper blades, roof racks, and even baby car seats. Knowing how to install them the right way will ensure you get it done correctly, quickly, and safely every time.
A New Year is the perfect time to start a new chapter in your life. Whether you're thinking of going back to school, starting a new job, or planning a move, new beginnings are always envigorating - and a little scary. In fact, it's sort of like buying a new car. If you're like us, you can get a little attached to your beloved cars, and the thought of replacing them is stressful and scary - not to mention the stress of dealing with financing, the sales process, and - hold on, let's not get ourselves all worked up. With great services like the AskPatty New Car Marketplace, and the army of AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Car Dealers across the nation, you have no reason to be scared to shop for that new car! So, while you're planning your new chapter, consider doing it in a new set of wheels.
The devil's in the details, as they say - and no matter what your New Year's resolution may be, you'd do well to promise yourself to pay attention to all the details of whatever your projects are. While you're at it, remember to pay attention to the details of your car, too. That means remembering to check your tire pressure once a month - particularly true in cold weather months like January, because a drop in temperature can drop your tire pressure, too! Checking your pressure once a month ensures that your tires wear evenly and ensures optimal fuel economy, so there's no downsides to paying a little closer attention to your tires.
This is one resolution we can all make - whatever you plan for 2017, make it an adventure! And while you're at it, make your adventure a road trip! Flying may get you there faster, but there's nothing like driving to a destination, seeing the sights in between, stopping at roadside attractions, and enjoying the experience of the open road. Since you're going to be taking great care of your car in 2017, there's no reason not to let it take you on a great adventure!