Make a resolution to care for a car

January 2, 2014 12:00 AM

People all over the world make New Year's resolutions, and these goals typically involve making better choices or enjoying new experiences. Unfortunately, the objectives can quickly fall out of favor, leaving most to resort to old habits. This shouldn't be the case when it comes to caring for a vehicle, however, and savvy drivers will be sure they are making positive changes with regard to their automobile and driving practices. 

The Car Care Council recommends drivers dedicate themselves to proper scheduled maintenance and repair in the new year. In fact, preventative measures made early on in the year can go a long way toward reducing expenses and avoiding damage in the months to come. 

"Regular auto care shouldn't be one of those New Year's resolutions that goes by the wayside," said Rich White, the executive director of the Car Care Council. "Preventative vehicle maintenance pays off all year, every year." 

To start, drivers should plan on doing monthly check-ins for different parts of a vehicle. Monitoring tire pressure, miles logged, fuel economy and similar areas are all extremely important, and these tasks should be completed throughout the year. At least once every 12 months, drivers should also have brake service, along with a check of steering and suspension. 

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