We have new year’s resolutions about everything—from losing weight to saving money. But sometimes, it pays to focus our resolutions on simple things, like being more responsible car owners. After all, as fathers, we are setting an example for our kids in everything we do. If we commit to these new year’s resolutions for car owners, when the day comes for our kids to get behind the wheel, maybe they’ll be a little more responsible too.
Practice Better Driving Habits
As a car owner, the way you drive directly impacts your car’s longevity. This isn’t just because a safe driver is less likely to total their car. Bad habits like speeding, braking too hard, or shifting gears too quickly can damage every part of your car. Resolving to be a better car owner has to include being a better driver too.
Learn Basic Maintenance Tasks
One of the more popular new year’s resolutions for car owners is trying to stay more on top of regular maintenance tasks such as getting your oil changed, tires rotated, or alignment checked. One of the best ways to help yourself stay on top of these tasks is to learn to do a few of them yourself. One of the common things stopping us from going into the shop is time and money—learning to do it yourself will save on both.
Start Washing the Car Regularly
Washing your car isn’t just about making your car look good. It protects it from corrosive brake dust, road salt, and other material that can damage the body. And a filthy interior can make your car a source of bacteria, which is the last thing we want for our kids. Take time to wash your car’s exterior at least once or twice a month, and your interior more frequently. It’ll make the car more fun to drive anyway.
Pass on Automotive Wisdom
Becoming more responsible car owners is just as much about our kids as it is about our cars. So be intentional about passing along automotive wisdom to your kids, no matter their age. Show your kids how to do maintenance tasks after you’ve learned or have them help you wash the car. After all, who else is going to teach them about cars better than you?