You have likely resolved to make some changes to start the new year—get healthier, exercise more, shop locally, etc. But have you ever made a resolution when it comes to caring for your car? If not, you are not alone! RK Collision Repair Center does not want that to happen to you this year. Resolve to start 2018 with keeping your vehicle healthy! Keeping these resolutions will make you a better driver and keep your family safer on the road.
RESOLUTION 1: I will not speed.
You may be surprised to learn that speeding is a factor in about one-third of fatal car crashes, so resolve to drive the speed limit. Slowing down, giving yourself more time, and planning your routes ahead are just a few of the many things you can do to save money and fuel, not to mention also lowering your vehicle's emissions.
RESOLUTION 2: I will maintain proper fluid levels.
Fluid checks, including oil, brake, coolant, and transmission, are more than routine services. Prevention of low fluid levels will protect your car and ensure you are staying on top of potential issues and ensure your vehicle will stay in optimal condition.
RESOLUTION 3: I will have my vehicle detailed—inside and outside!
This resolution is about more than aesthetics. Dirt and road grime can cause your car’s exterior to wear faster and lead to rust. But it is not just about the outside! Preserving the interior of your vehicle important, too, so keep trash and junk out of your car. When it is time to get your vehicle detailed, bring it to RK Collision Repair Center and let us do the dirty work!
RESOLUTION 4: I will de-escalate road-rage scenarios.
Aggressive driving and speeding not only increases your fuel consumption by as much as 35%, but 66% of traffic fatalities are linked to aggressive driving. Resolve to relax behind the wheel. If you find that you have agitated another driver, do not react or retaliate to the other driver. Doing so will only cause the situation to escalate. Remind yourself that the other driver is just bad at handling stress, avoid eye contact, and continue to practice safe driving habits.
RESOLUTION 5: I will schedule regular maintenance on my car.
Regular scheduled maintenance will identify signs of wear on your vehicle that may lead to a breakdown or damage to parts. Conducting simple vehicle maintenance—measuring tire pressure, checking for leaks, taking your vehicle in for regular tune-ups, and reading the owner's manual for maintenance recommendations—will help you save money and fuel, and protect the environment.
RESOLUTION 6: I will keep my tires properly inflated.
Your tires need special attention during winter, as 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. Giving your tires the attention they need will result in improved fuel efficiency and enhanced safety.
RESOLUTION 7: I will drive defensively.
Be aware of what others are doing, and expect the unexpected. Proactively keeping on the look-out for other drivers will enable you to react more quickly if necessary.
RESOLUTION 8: I will not let my insurance lapse.
Keeping your insurance current and continuous is always a good practice. Be careful not to miss payments. And, if your insurance does lapse, do not drive until it has been reinstated.
RESOLUTION 9: I will call RK Collision Repair Center for everything auto-related.
Use RK Collision Repair Center as a trusted resource for your vehicle needs. If we cannot help you with the services we provide, we can make recommendations to trusted referral partners who can!
No one expects to implement all New Year’s resolutions instantly. But you can go a long way toward increasing your driving safety and that of your family by starting with this list of important New Year’s resolutions for drivers.
Rick has been in the collision repair business for 40 plus years. Has worked in all aspects of the industry from an Insurance Claims Manager to Body Shop Manger for a large Kansas City dealership.