Everybody has New Years Resolutions that they keep for themselves, but why not make a couple to keep your car in the best condition possible? Here are some tips to ensure your vehicle is staying healthy into 2013:
Get Your Vehicle’s Body Into Shape
Most people resolve to get their body into better shape in the New Year. Why not make the same resolution for your car? A simple vehicle maintenance regime, including measuring your tire pressure, checking for leaks once a month, taking your vehicle in for regular tune-ups and reading the owner’s manual will help you save money and fuel as well as protect the environment.
Be a Fuel-Efficient Driver
Relax more behind the wheel. Aggressive driving and speeding can increase your fuel consumption by as much as 35 percent. Slowing down, giving yourself more time and planning your routes ahead of time are just a few of the many things you can do to save money and fuel, and lower your vehicle’s emissions.
Kick the Idling Habit
New Year’s is a great time to start kicking bad habits like unnecessary idling. It’s bad for your wallet, your vehicle, the environment and the health of people around you. Contrary to popular belief, the best way to warm up your car is to drive it at a moderate speed. Idling for 10 minutes a day produces almost a quarter-tonne of carbon dioxide emissions and costs you more than $80 every year!
Avoid using automatic car starters as they encourage idling and waste a lot of fuel. Even on the coldest winter days (and as long as your windows are defrosted) today’s electronically controlled engines allow you to drive away 30 seconds after starting the engine, even on the coldest winter days.
Your tires need special attention during winter. Cold temperatures decrease the air pressure in tires, which adds to the rolling resistance caused by snow and slush. Measure tire pressure regularly, especially after a sharp drop in temperature. Operating a vehicle with just one tire under-inflated by 8 psi can reduce the life of the tire by 15 000 kilometres (9,320 miles) and increase the vehicle’s fuel consumption by 4 percent. For improved fuel efficiency and enhanced safety, give your tires the attention they need.
COVER YOUR CAR!!!
A simple, easy way to keep your car protected and safe. Especially during the winter.