With 2016 coming to a close and the new year approaching at full speed, there’s no better time to start planning your resolutions for 2017. So, while you’re busy getting ready for another successful year, we’ve got a few tips on how to give your vehicle its best year yet, too.

COMMIT TO OIL CHANGES

We all know changing your oil at the recommended intervals is one of the easiest ways to make sure your car is in it for the long haul. A quick Google search will give you thousands of articles saying just that. But with a new year comes a clean slate and a chance to really put some good habits into practice. It’s easy: around every 7,500 miles (consult your manufacturer’s manual for more accuracy) bring your car in for a quick oil change and, within minutes, get back on the road with peace of mind.

GIVE IT SOME GAS

While we don’t condone speeding, giving your ride a little gas now and again has its perks. You read that correctly: pushing the gas pedal down for a short spell now and again is actually beneficial for your engine. Pushing those RPMs here and there allows your engine to work hard and burn off some of the carbon deposit that accumulates around the valve train. Resolutions don’t have to always be a chore. Rev up for a second or two every once in a while to help prevent an engine head that’s gummed up and covered in carbon deposits.

KEEP IT CLEAN

Keeping a clean car might seem purely cosmetic, but that coat of dirt carries chemicals that could corrode your exterior over time. So a little scrub here and there will do wonders. Location is a big factor when it comes to how often you should wash your vehicle. If you’re in a pollution-heavy area or there’s a lot of sea salt in the air, it’s recommended you scrub your car two to three times a month. But a simple monthly washing will do for most inland areas. During the winter you should also up the frequency due to snow, road salt, and mud that accumulates over time. Commit a little time to washing your vehicle routinely this year and keep that shine on year-round.

KEEP YOUR PRESSURE IN CHECK

We’ve said it before, but as the seasons change, so do temperatures, and that can spell trouble for unsuspecting drivers. Colder weather causes the air in your tires to compress and effectively “deflate” for the time being. Over- or under-inflated tires go through much more wear and tear and don’t handle as well on roads, creating an added safety. An easy way to keep your eye on tire pressure is to check them every second or third trip to the gas pump. Instead of standing there looking at advertisements or checking your phone, grab a tire gauge and make sure your tires are at manufacturer-recommended pressure. It’s an easy habit to make that could save you from danger down the road.

If you get into the habit of making preventative maintenance a priority, 2017 will to be a smooth ride. Be sure to stay in touch for more great tips, and if the new year brings any unexpected car trouble your way, we’ll be right here to restore the rhythm of your life. Happy New Year from your friends at Caliber Collision!