We're nearly two weeks into 2020, how are those New Years Resolutions going? Hopefully the diet hasn't completely fallen apart yet, but here at AskPatty we always think about vehicle fitness in addition to physical health. As we head into the new year, don't forget to take great care of your car as well as yourself - here are our top 5 new years resolutions for your vehicle.
We all get a little lax about our oil changes sometimes. If your 2019 was full of "I can go another hundred miles or so" leading up to 1000 or more miles past time for an oil change, resolve to end that right away. If you don't keep up with your vehicle's regular maintenance, you may pay for it later - and it won't be cheap. You engine oil, tires, brake pads, air filters, and other engine fluids should be regularly checked, oil changed, fluids filled or flushed, and tires rotated to ensure that your car stays reliable and safe for as long as possible.
Here at AskPatty we're big on education and empowerment. Can you do any work on your own car? Do you know how to change a tire? A headlight? Your oil filter? If you're already feeling overwhelmed, don't worry - if you're not comfortable doing some tasks like an oil change, you should trust the professionals (and some tasks should really be done by a skilled mechanic). However, you can easily begin with something small, like changing your windshield wipers or changing a tire. These two basic tasks are something all car owners should know, and they're easily accomplished on your own.
On average, distracted driving kills 9 people every day. Now, in many cases distracted driving refers to texting or talking on the phone while driving, but there are many distractions - changing your tunes, looking at your GPS map, taking a picture, eating, adjusting your hair or makeup, or just reaching for something in the passenger seat can be distractions - and just a few seconds can be devastating. Distracted driving is a very prevalent epidemic, and it is entirely preventable. Make it a goal for 2020 to help lower those statistics!
Driving is frustrating. The world seems to move faster every day, and traffic, construction, and other impediments to easy driving seem to get more common all the time. It is very easy to get angry and frustrated at your fellow drivers on the road - they are, after all, anonymous vehicles that are in your way, and we often forget that there's a person behind that wheel. As you share the road with drivers, many of whom feel the same frustrations as yourself, remember that the driver is a human with commitments and responsibilities and a life situation, just like you, that you're unaware of. Everyone has somewhere they need to be, and not everyone drives like they should. Let these little incidents roll off your back, and take the time to exercise patience and kindness on the road. Leave a little earlier if you need the extra time to be kind.
For many of you, we're sure that keeping your car clean is just the way you do things. But for many of us (this writer included), keeping the clutter from accumulating in the car is a constant challenge. For those of you who feel my pain, take the time to declutter, clean, vacuum and wash your car to get the new year started right, and make it a goal to keep it that way this year. Remove everything from your car that you don't need, and be frugal! If you're a person who tends to leave straw papers, napkins, and other fast food items in the car, consider adding a small wastebasket to the back seat so these trash items can be easily taken out regularly. If you're a habitual car wash avoider, make a plan to change that - many automatic car washes offer convenient monthly memberships with unlimited washes - let one of these be your motivation to keep your car sparkly and shiny!
Happy New Year, AskPatty Nation!