Try These Car-Related New Year’s Resolutions

Car-Related New Year's Resolutions | Spirit Lake, IA

As the end of 2020 approaches, it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. This time, why not focus on making resolutions related to your vehicle? These car-related New Year’s Resolutions will help you start 2021 the right way.

Remember routine maintenance

Sometimes, when life gets busy, it can be difficult to remember when your vehicle is due an oil change, tire rotation, or brake check. In 2021, make sure you don’t miss out on your vehicle’s regular service items.

Learn how to change a tire

You don’t want to get stuck on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere with a flat. So, why not learn how to change a tire? Doing so means you won’t have to wait for help when you find yourself stranded.

Learn how to jump-start a car. Dead batteries are a real hazard, especially during harsh Iowa winters. Help yourself and others by learning how to jump-start a vehicle. 

Check your tire pressure regularly

Your tires are what keep you connected to the road, so it’s important to take care of them. This year, make sure you check your tire pressure regularly and that you keep track of your tires’ tread — after all, worn tires can decrease the amount of traction you have in inclement weather.

To make sure your vehicle runs smoothly throughout the coming year, contact our service department at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake to set up an appointment.

How to Care for Your Idle Vehicle

Caring For Your Idle Vehicle | Spirit Lake, IA

If you have been staying at home more than usual lately, you’re probably leaving your car parked for longer periods of time, too. While you may be saving money on gas, there are still a few things you need to do to care for your idle vehicle.

Drive it

Every couple of weeks, take your car out for a drive. This could be a 20-minute drive down the highway or a more adventurous afternoon seeing new sights in Iowa. This keeps all the fluids moving and recharges the battery.

Check your tires

The longer your car sits in one spot, the more likely its tires are to develop flat spots. While this likely won’t happen after just a few weeks, problems could start to appear within a month. Moving or driving your car occasionally is the best way to avoid this. While you’re at it, make sure your tire pressure is at the recommended level, too.

Fill up the tank

You aren’t using as much gas as you used to, but you should still keep the tank full. When a vehicle sits for a while with a low tank, condensation can start to form in the fuel tank. This can potentially lead to rust. If the tank is full, condensation can’t form.

If your vehicle develops a problem while it sits idle or requires more serious care, we invite you to schedule a service appointment at one of our Motor Inn Auto Group dealerships throughout Iowa.