Making New Year’s resolutions is a time-honored tradition as old as the hills (which are pretty darn old). While most everyone usually focuses on improving themselves — vowing to lose weight, reduce stress, eat healthier, exercising more — some people could use with some automotive resolutions — keeping the car clean, getting an oil change, checking tires — to ring in the new year and keep their cars lasting far down the road. To those people, these 21 New Year’s resolutions should come in handy.
Resolve To Maintain Your Honda
Performing regular maintenance on your Honda should be at the top of your automotive New Year’s Resolution list. Here are some essential car maintenance items you should vow to stay on top of, starting in January:
1. Read Your Owner’s Manual
When is the last time you pulled your Honda Owner’s Manual out of the glovebox? It’s your go-to source for everything you need to know about caring for your vehicle. If you don’t have one, you can ask your Honda dealer or find one online right here.
2. Change Your Oil & Oil Filter
Regularly changing your vehicle’s oil and oil filter is one of the most important things you can do to keep your Honda running in tip-top shape throughout the year. Read your Owner’s Manual for the correct type of fluids and service intervals. (Tip: Check your oil every 3 months.)
3. Brake & Power Steering Fluids
It’s also a wise idea to regularly check your vehicle’s other fluids, too. If you need to add fluids, use a clean and unopened container to avoid contamination.
4. Empty the Trunk
Save fuel by carrying less weight in your car’s trunk. Plus, you’ll be making a fresh start with a thorough cleaning.
You should check your tire pressure at least once a month, especially during winter and summer. All Hondas come with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System to alert you to low tire pressure, but you can check the tire PSI yourself with a cheap tire pressure gauge.
Also, check for tread wear by inserting a penny upside down in the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, resolve to consider buying a set of new tires. By the way, you’ll get some of the best deals on new tires near Dayton by visiting your Miami Valley Honda Dealers.
The extreme temperatures we experience in Ohio and Indiana sap the life out of car batteries. A good cleaning can help extend the life of your battery; use a wire brush to scrape off corrosion on the battery terminals. But if you notice that your Honda is still hard to start, particularly in cold weather, take it to our Honda service centers near Dayton for a complete electrical check.
Wiper blades should be soft and pliable, not stiff. If your car’s wiper blades need replacing, we can do that for you. We use Honda OEM parts made especially for your Honda model, and this includes front and rear wipers.
8. Air Filters
A dirty air filter will reduce your fuel economy and rob your vehicle of power. Have it checked and replaced at your next scheduled service appointment.
Make sure that you have enough of the proper antifreeze by checking the plastic reservoir connected to your radiator. Be sure to do this with the engine cold so as to avoid injury.
10. Belts & Hoses
Get under the hood of your Honda and check your belts and hoses for wear. Look for shiny or frayed spots on belts and corrosion around where hoses connect to the radiator and engine block. Examine hoses for soft spots that indicate they are losing their integrity.
If you notice that your brakes feel a bit “spongy,” or if they pulsate, pull to one side, or make a constant high-pitched noise, don’t risk driving your car! Your brakes could give out at any moment. Have your vehicle checked out by a trained technician or professional mechanic near you.
12. Car Wash
Regular care of your car’s exterior and interior will not only make you proud of your ride, but it’ll also protect your investment inside and out. If you live in the Midwest, clean the undercarriage of salt buildup to reduce corrosion after every snowstorm. To protect your interior, you should seriously consider buying all-weather floormats from your Honda parts store. These floormats can be easily removed and sprayed clean when needed, keeping your car’s carpets stain-free.
13. Check for Recalls
Nearly every vehicle model will have a recall at some point. It’s a great idea to stay up on these recall notifications and get your free recall repairs performed pronto. To check for Honda recalls, visit owners.honda.com or speak with a technician from your Honda service center.
Resolve To Drive Smarter
14. Slow Down
Pay attention to your speed to avoid getting a ticket and hitting those pesky Ohio potholes. Plus, you’ll save more gas and maybe even lower your stress level as a bonus.
15. Plan Ahead
Save time, gas, and money by planning out your errands rather than just hopping in your Honda whenever you need something. Reducing the number of trips to the store can save you some cash by lowering your fuel costs.
16. Review Your Car Insurance
Contact your auto insurance provider and request a review to ensure that you have the correct auto insurance before you need it. If you’ve been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may also be able to receive some car insurance refunds or discounts.
17. Avoid Dangerous Distractions
Most states ban the use of cell phones while driving for a good reason. Just taking your eyes off the road for even a few seconds can be deadly. Be sure to use your Honda’s hands-free, voice-activated Bluetooth® system to make and receive calls, change music, and more. (But always pay attention to your driving.)
18. Don’t Drive Impaired
Sometimes even the best of us slip up. Resolve never to get behind the wheel of your Honda while impaired. Remember that driving even a little buzzed can lead to a serious accident.
19. Buckle Up
One of the simplest and most effective ways you can ensure your safety behind the wheel is to fasten your seatbelts. Statistics overwhelmingly show that seatbelts save lives.
20. Make your Emergency Roadside Kit
Don’t forget to build a roadside kit for winter and put that in your car, especially if you’re planning on taking a trip out of town. This kit should include water, warm clothes, first-aid, jumper cables, and nonperishable foods, at the very least.
21. Upgrade to a Newer Vehicle
The safest vehicle is often the newest vehicle. That’s because new vehicles come equipped with driver-assist features that make life easier and keep passengers protected. Look for a new Honda that includes standard Honda Sensing tech like Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and more.
That sounds like a nice start to 2021, doesn’t it? Bring yourself into one of our Honda dealerships in OH or IN to get a New Year’s sale on a new 2020 or 2021 Honda, like the CR-V Hybrid or Passport. Request a quote online or find a Honda dealer near you to speak with a member of our Miami Valley Honda Dealers’ sales teams. And happy New Year!