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January 06, 2017

New Year's Resolutions for your Vehicle

Whether you made a resolution to become more of a "yes" man, or you sacrifice an hour of sleep so you can wake up early to head over to the gym, most of us make goals to set a foundation for a good year. In doing so, don't forget about your car. Start the year off right; it's still not too late to develop new, healthier habits and stay on the right track with these New Year's Resolutions for your vehicle.

1. Practice Safe Driving

Texting and driving is not the only distraction you'll find in the car. The second your gaze is no longer fixed on the road, you are increasing the chances of getting involved in an accident. Whether it's applying finishing touches of your makeup, checking social media, or even eating while driving, this year, vow to drop all attention-diverting behaviors and be completely focused on the road.

2. Resist Road Rage

Holding your tongue or refraining from honking your car horn can sometimes be very difficult especially when someone cuts you off in your lane and you're already running late to work. However, road rage can put us in risk of hurting ourselves or even others around us. Keeping better control of the rage also means better brake life and better fuel economy. Not sure what kind of driver you are? Find out with our A-MAX Road Rage Quiz.

3. Learn Basic Vehicle Maintenance

We're not saying you should suddenly become an expert on all things auto, but learning how to check your oil or tire pressure are some of the basics of vehicle maintenance that you should attempt to know. Under inflated tires can reduce the life of your tires and increase your gas consumption. Check your vehicle's standing before you begin driving off. Sometimes, getting stranded in the middle of the road with a flat tire can be preventable simply by recognizing it ahead of time.

4. Always Keep a Clean Vehicle

We know the importance of a timely oil change or tire rotation, but when it comes to getting a nice car wash, most drivers overlook this necessity in order to save a bit of time and money. It's important to note that as you drive, your vehicle gathers up a lot of dust and grime and if left there for long periods of time, it can eat away at the paint of your vehicle. Besides keeping the exterior looking like new, don't forget about doing the same for your interior. A regular cleaning and tidying up can help keep away any unwanted bacteria that can sometimes accumulate inside your car.

5. Enforce a Seat Belt Rule

Regardless of how far you plan on driving, make sure that everyone is buckled up before you drive off. There's no way of telling when and where the next accident can happen and if you're not buckled in properly, your chances of ending up in critical condition increases. Simply put: seat belts save lives.

6. Familiarize yourself with your Car Manual

The requirements for your vehicle may not be the same as your next door neighbor. Your car manual will tell you almost everything you need to know – fluid requirements, maintenance information and even what the symbols on your dashboard mean. Becoming familiar with the car manual can greatly enhance your driving experience and extend the longevity of your vehicle!

Lastly, make sure you are always protected in case of an accident. Get a quote with A-MAX Auto Insurance and make the new year that much safer.


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