New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

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The dreaded New Year’s resolution. That often-broken promise to ourselves to do something different in our lives over the next 365 days. This year, we suggest you take it easy on yourself and choose a resolution that checks all the boxes as far as improving your life but is far less effort than that new diet fad: car maintenance.

Being more attentive to your vehicle’s maintenance needs requires very little time but can pay off big for your wallet, your peace of mind, and the environment. Something as small as reducing your idle time while warming up your engine on cold mornings reduces emissions and driving at a slower pace is an even better way to warm the engine that gets you on your way faster. To improve your fuel efficiency, consider adjusting your acceleration habits to be more gradual. Proper mindful acceleration can improve efficiency by as much as 35 percent.

Another easy to implement driving habit is to regularly check your vehicle’s tire pressure. Especially in areas where the temperature can change rapidly tire pressure can drop quickly. Driving with underinflated tires is dangerous in slippery conditions. Low pressure in a tire also reduces fuel economy and increases wear on the tread. Portable tire pressure gauges are inexpensive and many gas stations or dealerships are equipped with air pumps and gauges to get you going.

If you need any help, contact the service department at Freehold Buick GMC.  

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