Turn over a new leaf in caring for your car with five easy New Year's resolutions from the Pep Boys to keep drivers safe and on the road in 2013.
Keep your car healthy
When you become ill, you don't hesitate to visit a doctor to get well again, so why should your car be any different?
If the "check engine" or "service engine soon" light illuminates, it is your vehicle telling you it needs to see a doctor. Don't wait to bring your car to a qualified technician to diagnose and repair the problem.
In many cases, driving with the "check engine" or "service engine soon" light will cause the vehicle's computer to attempt to compensate for the problem, greatly reducing fuel efficiency.
Look your best
You would never wear the same dirty clothes for weeks at a time, so why would you drive a dirty car?
Keep your car looking its best by taking care of your car's paint. Maintain and protect your car's appearance by washing and waxing your vehicle's exterior on a regular basis with high-quality car care products. Pep Boys recommends washing your car from once a week to twice a month, and waxing your car twice a year. Dozens of products are offered to keep your car from becoming a rolling billboard for a bird's handiwork.
Rain can sometimes make driving a challenge. Don't make it unnecessarily difficult. Replace worn or damaged wiper blades at the first sign of wear to ensure you always have a clear view of what's ahead. If your vehicle's wipers begin to leave streaks, replace your wiper blades so you can stop squinting and keep your eyes on the road.
Tires play one of the most important roles in your vehicle's safety and performance. As the direct link between your car and the road, your tires make sure your car stops, goes and turns when and where you need it. Drivers should inspect their tires regularly for proper tire pressure and tread wear.
Shed those extra pounds
All those extra items you have in your car are making it work harder and costing you money. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your vehicle's fuel efficiency is reduced by 1 to 2 percent on average for every 100 pounds of additional weight, which equates to paying as much as 10 cents more per gallon of gas.