Many of us make New Year’s resolutions to improve something about ourselves each year. And, unfortunately, many of us fail at making those resolutions. If you’re looking for something you can really achieve this year, consider one of these resolutions for your car.
- Enforce a seatbelt rule. Tell every passenger, no matter their age, that they have to buckle up before you will start driving. You can include the family pet, too, to keep everyone safe.
- Ditch the distractions. Put your phone away, stop eating, and doing anything else behind the wheel except for focusing on the road. Even using hands-free devices for phone calls can be just as bad as texting.
- Fill up the tank. Commit to keeping your gas tank at least half full all the time. This will make sure you have enough gas in case of inclement weather and will protect your engine from the impurities sitting at the bottom of your gas tank.
- Drive more efficiently. One of the biggest detriments to your fuel efficiency is aggressive driving (hard accelerating, braking, and speeding), which can increase your fuel consumption by up to 35%. Slow down and give yourself more time to reach your destination.
Are you planning to add any of these resolutions to your 2017 accomplishments?
Now that the New Year has arrived, many of us have set resolutions, or goals, for 2015. While this is a great idea, only 8% of people actually successfully reach their goals, according to the University of Scranton. To help you keep you New Year’s resolutions, here are a few simple tips.
- Set progress goals instead of outcome goals. Instead of saying, “I want to lose 50 pounds,” set a goal along the lines of, “I will eat more vegetables and exercise five days a week.”
- Make short-term goals towards your long-term goal. A year is a long time, try setting goals for each week or month. This will make your resolution more manageable.
- Make time for your goal. If you want to learn a new skill, but don’t plan any time to take classes or study, then it won’t happen.
- Celebrate your accomplishments. When you’ve made some progress on your goals, celebrate it. Just don’t make your reward counter to your ultimate goal (eating a whole chocolate cake when you’re trying to live healthier).
- Modify your goals. If you’re finding yourself discouraged, you can always change your goals. If saving $100 a month is too much, cut it down to $75 or $50. You can always increase your goals again as you get better.
If you’re looking for a resolution for your car, consider getting all of your scheduled maintenance done on time or driving within the speed limit. Did you set a New Year’s resolution for 2015?