New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Car

Happy December, Foothill Auto Family! We hope this month is filled with holiday cheer & memorable times with loved ones. Isn’t it crazy that 2022 is right around the corner? For our December blog, we’ve decided to talk about five New Years’ resolutions you can commit to and prepare for, as we welcome in the New Year! Perhaps some tips may also serve as a holiday reminder for you, and your loved ones!

Preventative Maintenance

You probably could have guessed that this would be our number one resolution for you & your vehicle! Consistent preventative maintenance is critical and something we can all work on scheduling througout the New Year. If your car is properly maintained, it will last longer, operate more efficiently, and save you money in the long run. Like anything else in life, routine upkeep is key to success & longevity. Our expert auto mechanics at Foothill Auto Service have trained eyes to catch subtile warning signs on your vehicle & repair them before they get out of hand for you & your wallet. However, there are some significant preventative maintenance steps you, as a vehicle owner, can do at home to extend the life of your car. Perhaps, take the time to learn how to replace your cabin filter or wiper blades. Routine vehicle maintenance such as oil changes, fluid inspections (transmission, power steering, wiper fluids), & tire inspections should happen at least annually and if often recommended for every 3,000-miles, depending on your vehicle. Make it a point in the new year to make an appointment with your trusted auto repair technicians at Foothill Auto service, and prioritize the health of your car!

Tone Down Road Rage

Would you categorize yourself or people you know as “aggressive drivers?” Take this simple DMV quiz to find out (or send it to someone to make them chuckle.) On a more serious note, an excellent resolution you can personally take is to calm down your frustration while on the road. During these stressful holiday pandemic times, it is noted by the California Highway patrol & law enforcement agencies that there is an increase in road rage incidents that are reported & the fatality rate is increasing. Make an effort to take a deep breath and relax if another driver on the road is causing you stress, and remind yourself it’s not worth it. Getting back at a stranger isn’t worth the risk of you and others around you.

Wash Your Baby

Do you often clean the exterior of your vehicle? How about the interior? Do you have wrappers or french fries buried deep beneath your seats? We know that was a lot of questions, but honestly, we all can use a reminder to clean out our vehicles! We use them almost every single day, yet many of us put a good car cleaning in the back of our minds. Giving your vehicle a solid clean monthly is a simple task that we often overlook! This New Year, make a point to try and clean it once a month, perhaps set a reminder on your phone (right now.) Salt and debris are collected over time and can erode or even rust out your car. Giving your vehicle a regular clean-up inside and out can prevent rusting and decay. It also helps you enjoy your car more! While you’re at it, purchase some interior car wipes & a new car air freshener for your car.

Pack an Emergency Kit

Don’t go another year without having a small emergency kit in your vehicle. If you ever find yourself stuck on the side of the road, you’ll be happy you took the extra time to come prepared. Purchasing a first aid kit that is pre-packed is a no-brainer. It comes with gauze, bandages, antibiotic ointment, tape, scissors, gloves, aspirin, a thermometer, tweezers, hydrocortisone, and a thermometer all packed into an efficient little bag. Perhaps have a small bin in your truck with this first aid kit, as well as a flashlight, extra batteries, and a spare phone charger/ power block. A smart move is to write down significant phone numbers, such as your loved one and a tow company in case your phone goes dead on you. Packing a bag with some extra clothes, lots of water & granola bars may be a true lifesaver when you least expect it. Please make a point to create an emergency kit & put it in your vehicle today!

Create a Relationship With a Trusted Auto-Shop

One significant step you can take is to create an honest relationship with the trusted professionals at Foothill Auto Service. Our entire auto repair team at Foothill Auto Service is deeply dedicated to family and community and provides top-notch auto repairs to every vehicle that comes through the shop. This standard of honesty and service still leads the customer service standard of our Foothill Auto Service team, today. At Foothill Auto Service in Lake Forest, CA, you become like family. Our excellent auto mechanics are ASE-Certified and strive to offer service with integrity. We take pride in our use of the latest diagnostic tools and equipment in the auto repair industry, experience the Foothill Auto Service difference in 2022!

We hope you’ve found this blog to be helpful going into the New Year! The team at Foothill Auto service truly cares about you & the health of your vehicle. Call us today or schedule an appointment online so we can take great care of you and your vehicle. With our Foothill Auto Service 3-year/36,000 mile in-house guarantee and our TechNet 3/36 in case, you are traveling, making Foothill your auto family is a clearcut win!

Written by Foothill Auto Service