It’s that time of the year. Time to close the book on last year and look forward to the time to come. With the beginning of a new year comes a time of reflection and improvement. Resolving to be friendlier to people or visiting the gym more frequently is great – but don’t forget about your vehicle!
The new year is the perfect time to resolve to become a better driver and take better care of your car, truck or SUV. To usher in a new year in the spirit of resolution, here are a few things we can all do to be better owners in 2014.
Resolve to Better Maintain Your Vehicle
Taking care of your body is important, as is taking care of your car. According to Ford Owner Services, the benefits of staying current on routine vehicle maintenance are plentiful. It ensures optimal reliability and safety, minimizes the risk of unexpected issues and improves the trade-in and resale value of your vehicle. As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Make sure to check your owner’s manual for a full maintenance schedule. If you’ve fallen behind, now would be a great time to catch up.
Resolve to Be a More Patient Driver
The roadways can be a frustrating place. Between gridlocked traffic, long delays and careless drivers, nerves can fray very easily. Driving while angry or anxious causes undue stress and can be downright dangerous.
If you find yourself losing your cool behind the wheel, here are several things you can do to reduce your tension:
With patience and persistence, you can shift your state of mind from stressed to Zen and be a better driver as a result.
Resolve to Learn a New Driving Skill
Automatic transmissions are the new normal. Nevertheless manual transmissions are still around. If you don’t know how to drive with one, maybe it’s time to learn! It’s a skill that could come in handy when you least expect it.
Already know how to use a stick? Learn the secrets to driving more fuel-efficiently. There’s probably a new tip or technique that you could implement that could help you get the most out of a tank of gas. You can read about optimal driving habits for maximizing fuel efficiency here!
Resolve to Clean Your Car More Often
Just as regularly-scheduled maintenance is key to keeping your Ford feeling good, you also want to keep it looking good. If you’re logging a lot of miles, there’s a good chance your vehicle could use a facelift.
Take the opportunity to do a thorough cleaning and remove any unneeded items and clutter that may have found its way inside. Next, check out these three tips for keeping the interior of your vehicle clean and organized
If you don’t already, designate one day out of every month as your “Vehicle Appreciation Day,” and treat your car to a bath and a vacuum.
How about you? Do you have any vehicle-related New Year’s resolutions that you’d like to share with your fellow Ford Social fans? Tell us about them in the comments below, or submit your story!