2019 is almost here, and that means it is time to roll out your all-new list of New Year’s Resolutions! While you’re making resolutions, though, don’t forget to make a few that will benefit your car. Making sure your car maintenance game is on point is a great way to get more enjoyment and life out out your vehicle, so it’s kind of a win/win situation for both you and your ride. A few of these can even keep you safer on the highway.

Seen below, check out our recommendations for five car-related New Year’s Resolutions you should make to help keep your car, truck, van or SUV happier and safer in the new year. And if you’ve resolved to buy yourself a new or new-to-you vehicle in 2019, come see us soon at any of the seven big dealerships in the Steve Landers Auto Group. With an incredible selection, unbeatable volume deals, and our commitment to flawless customer service after the sale, we’ll make you a customer for life!

1) I Will Put An Emergency Kit In My Car: Remember back when you were first driving, and the road seemed full of adventure? That’s really just another way of saying: who knows what’s next? Unfortunately, what’s next might be an emergency in which being prepared could save your life, the life of someone you love, or the life of a complete stranger. So follow the Boy Scout Motto and be prepared. Put an emergency kit in your car. A basic first-aid kit, a bright flashlight and a warm blanket is a good start. An emergency rescue hammer that can easily break safety glass and a small fire extinguisher are better. As the old saying goes: it’s better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them.

2) I Will Read My Owner’s Manual: There comes a time in every person’s life where they stop trying to wing it and learn the value of reading the instructions. With your car, truck, van or SUV, the instructions are the Owner’s Manual gathering dust in your glove compartment or under-seat storage bin. From your car’s proper tire pressure, to where to locate the jack when you have a flat, to how many miles you can go before your transmission fluid and filter needs to be changed, the Owner’s Manual is required reading for any responsible car owner, and can save you hours of frustration. After all, who knows your car better than the company that built it?

3) I Will Not Eat In My Car: With your fast-paced life refusing to slow down for anything, it’s always tempting to grab something from the drive-thru and eat it on the go. Please, we beg of you: don’t. There’s a reason why kitchens are, for the most part, slick and easy-to-clean formica, tile, granite and stainless steel. Food is messy! Car interiors, on the other hand, are porous, with plentiful places for crumbs, dropped pickles and wayward tater tots to hide and grow fungus among us. Given that, eating behind the wheel is a sure-fire way to turn your car’s interior into a biohazard and leave it smelling like a landfill. So do yourself and your vehicle a favor: eat in the restaurant, not in the driver’s seat.   

4) I Will Rotate My Tires: Raise your hand if you want to spend an hour in the tire shop every 5,000 to 10,000 miles while they rotate your tires. Nobody? Okay, now: raise your hand if you want to save yourself hundreds of dollars while potentially avoiding an accident that could injure you and others -- or worse. Lots of hands on that one. That latter question is at the heart of why you need to suck it up, bite the bullet, and get your tires rotated. In addition to helping your tires wear evenly, potentially letting them last for thousands more miles and ensuring a smooth, vibration-free ride, getting your tires rotated regularly will also give your tire shop pros a chance to discover previously unseen damage that could lead to an unexpected blowout on the freeway, with disastrous consequences.  

5) I Will Check My Oil: With today’s modern, low-maintenance cars, it’s tempting to just pretend like your hood latch doesn’t exist and the area under the hood contains wonders best left concealed. That kind of thinking, however, is a good way to complacency yourself right into an engine repair bill costing thousands of dollars. Bad things happen to good cars, and if you wait 3,000 to 5,000 miles until your next oil change to learn that you’re slowly leaking oil, it may well be too late for your engine. So check your oil every time you stop for gas. If you don’t know how, check the owner’s manual. Yes, you might get a smudge of oil on your finger while pulling the oil dipstick, but a paper towel to wipe it off is free at the gas station  while a seized engine is, oh, $4,000-ish dollars and/or a minimum of a week on foot. Nobody wants that.

Look at it this way: vehicle maintenance is about spending a little money and time now so there’s less chance you’ll have to spend a lot of money and time in the future. By following the five simple resolutions seen above, you can go a long way toward keeping you and your vehicle safer, happier and more reliable. Happy Holidays from your friends at Steve Landers Auto Group, and may you and yours have only joy and open-road adventure in 2019!


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