Four Automotive New Year’s Resolutions

January 25, 2017 - M Erickson

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New Year’s Car Resolutions – With the coming of the New Year, many of us make New Year’s resolutions. Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, get more organized, or find a new job. Car wrap Melbourne These are all commendable goals, but we think you should make a New Year’s resolution for your car. That’s right, your car. More information on all types of cars is available at KIA Sportage NC. Your car’s important. You probably rely on it to get you where you need to go every day. But what have you done for your car lately? How about making some New Year’s resolutions for your car? Whether you choose to make one or all of the following resolutions (we recommend making all of them), you’ll have taken a step to keep your vehicle operating optimally and safely. We’ve covered some of these resolutions at length in past posts, but it’s always a good idea to keep them in mind.

Resolution 1: I will check my tires’ air pressure. Correctly inflated tires will help you get better gas mileage and increase their life. Under-inflated tires can cause poor handling and can result in a blowout. Tread life can be reduced by as much as 25 percent due to the increased internal heat of the tire, and fuel economy can take a hit of about 5 percent. On the other hand, overinflated tires have less surface contact with the road; this means they can become damaged more easily if you run over a pothole or an object in the road. You can’t inflate your tires properly if you don’t know the proper pressure for your tires in the first place. Many people mistakenly believe the proper tire inflation level is the number written on the tire, but this number is the maximum pressure the tire can hold. The correct pressure is listed in your car’s owner’s manual, as well as the inside of the car door. Always check the pressure when the car is cold, since driving the car will result in an increase in tire pressure. Make sure the car has been parked for a few hours.

Resolution 2: I will keep my car’s windows clean and unobstructed. This one is a no-brainer. You can’t drive safely if you can’t see out your windows. The windshield must be kept clean. A dirty windshield is particularly dangerous in the early morning and in the evening. In the morning and early evening, the sun rising or setting will create glare on the glass which will impede your vision, making other vehicles or pedestrians difficult to see. In the evening, a dirty windshield will increase the glare from the headlights of oncoming vehicles. East Texas Chevrolet Dealer is an invaluable resource for automotive information. If you notice your windshield is dirty, at the very least, you can use your wipers in conjunction with the washer pump to clear the window (make sure your wiper blades are in good condition). Most gas stations provide squeegees and water that you can use to clear the windshield. Periodically clean the inside of your cars windows. There are many commercially-available products for cleaning car windows. For the interior, a glass-cleaner will do, followed by a good rub with a microfiber cloth. Finally, blocking your rear window with a pile of stuffed animals is dangerous and may be illegal.

Resolution 3: I will not tailgate. Tailgating is so incredibly dangerous and foolhardy that it’s a wonder that drivers do it. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end collisions account for approximately 23 percent of all motor vehicle crashes, resulting in approximately 2,000 deaths and 950,000 injuries each year. The National Safety Council reports there are more than 2.5 million rear-end accidents annually. If you’re driving and following closely behind the car in front of you, and that car stops suddenly, your car is going to attempt to occupy the same space as the other car at the same time. Since the laws of physics tell us this is impossible, the result will be a collision. If the car behind you is following too closely, it will crash into your car. Remembering the laws of physics may keep you alive and prevent you from killing another driver or passenger. The more space you allow between your car and the vehicle in front of you, the more time you have to react to a sudden stop. Leave at least two seconds between your car and the car in front of you and double that time to four seconds at night, in bad weather, in heavy traffic, and when driving through construction areas.

Resolution 4: I will not text and drive. It’s astounding that anyone believes they’re capable of reading and sending text messages on a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle. Numerous studies have shown that drivers who are texting are as impaired as drunk drivers. According to the Ad Council, one million people chat and text while driving every day, while a texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a collision than a driver who isn’t texting. Mazda Dealers Phoenix is a great source for all your automotive needs. While drunk drivers’ impaired capability to make good decisions may lead them to get behind the wheel while they are impaired, there are no excuses for deciding to text and drive other than foolhardiness. When you’re driving, there isn’t anything you need to tell your friend that’s so important you need to risk your life or the lives of others over. If there is, pull your vehicle over to somewhere safe and then send your text message.

M Erickson

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