8 New Year’s Resolutions for Car Owners
It’s that time! With the arrival of a new year comes a new wave of resolutions. While resolutions about your health, personal life, or finances are always important, don’t forget about the piece of machinery that’s responsible for getting you where you need to go. Here are 8 resolutions car owners should consider for 2020.
1. Save money on vehicle maintenance by scheduling regular inspections
Regular vehicle inspections help save you money by identifying minor problems before they can turn into expensive ones. Preventive and scheduled maintenance is key to ensuring your vehicle runs smoothly and safely for as long as you own it. From routine oil changes and tire rotations to fluid checks and filter replacements, the professional mechanics at your local Action Gator Tire are here to help you keep your vehicle in prime condition.
2. Keep an eye on your tires
Several factors affect how long tires last, so it’s important to keep an eye on your tire pressure, alignment, and tread depth. While the general rule of thumb is to have your tires changed every 50,000 miles, we recommend giving your tires a closer look roughly every 5,000 miles. Need new tires? We can help you pick the right tires for your budget and needs.
3. Try and keep your road rage to a minimum
Before you flip that bird or lay on that horn, take a deep breath and remember that other people make mistakes, too. Chances are that guy didn’t mean to cut you off or that lady didn’t realize she was going 35 in a 45. We’re all human, which means none of us are perfect drivers.
4. Take the time to give your vehicle a good deep cleaning
Take the time to clean both your vehicle’s exterior and interior from top to bottom. Get rid of all that junk that’s been slowly piling up in the back seat. Give your seats and floor mats a good vacuuming. Toss out those old gas station receipts and return that jacket you borrowed and left abandoned in the trunk. You and your passengers will be grateful you did.
5. If you don’t already know, learn how to change a flat tire
Nobody plans to get a flat, but if you don’t know how to change a spare tire and end up stuck somewhere without cell-phone service, you could be waiting quite a while before help arrives. Learn how to change a flat so you never have to worry about being caught with a flat tire and no way to help yourself.
6. Stop driving while distracted
Look, we get it. We’re attached to our phones, too. However, no text or phone call is worth your life or the life of someone else. Put the phone down until you’ve reached your destination. If you use your phone for navigation, consider investing in a hands-free device. After all, everyone wants to get to where we’re going safely and soundly.
7. Master the art of driving a stick shift
While manual transmissions aren’t nearly as popular as they used to be, there are still a good many of them on the road. You never know when you’ll need to hop behind the wheel of a car with a stick shift, even if it’s only to drive a short distance. In addition to impressing all of your friends, driving a stick also helps with #6 by forcing you to keep your attention focused on shifting.
8. Find a local mechanic you can trust
At Action Gator Tire, we understand that it can be difficult to find a local auto repair and tire shop that you depend on. When it comes to trustworthy service, we’re committed to bringing you the very best in reliability, integrity, and quality. Our experienced mechanics make it their goal to get to know our customers and their vehicles on a deeper level, so that we can establish a strong, lasting relationship with everyone who trusts us with their vehicles.
Looking for a partner that can handle all of your tire and auto repair needs? Find the closest Action Gator Tire location to you!