New Year’s Resolutions for Car Owners to Consider

December 13th, 2023 by

It’s that time of year again when the calendar is about to change, signaling the need for New Year’s resolutions. We all know the drill – make a list of intentions only to break them almost immediately. But what if, in 2024, you made a resolution to actually stick to them?

The beauty of New Year’s resolutions is that they don’t have to be grand life transformations (although they can be if you’re up for it). Setting a goal to lose weight and achieving it is an incredible feat! However, making small changes can still result in signifiant results.

As a car owner, there are numerous little adjustments you can make to improve your road manners, car maintenance, and overall driving habits. Here are five resolutions worth considering for every car owner in 2024:

Don’t Ignore the Service Light

When the service light in your car illuminates, it can be quite alarming. It serves as an indicator of various potential issues, some more serious than others. However, it’s not uncommon for people to overlook the problem until it becomes more noticeable.

In 2024, make an effort to address minor issues before they escalate into major – and costly – ones. Schedule regular service appointments with our trusted experts here at Volkswagen of Macon. Additionally, when your service light starts flashing, promptly take your car to the garage. Rest assured, your bank account will appreciate it.

Clean Your Car Regularly

Maintaining the cosmetic well-being of your car may take a backseat to monitoring its internal workings, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. You’d be surprised how quickly dirt and debris can accumulate in the interior, leaving you wondering how it got to such a state. Imagine the embarrassment if a friend suddenly calls for a ride!

To keep the exterior looking fresh, it’s advisable to give your car a wash every couple of weeks. For a more thorough clean, consider treating it to a wax every two months or so. And each time you visit the car wash, don’t forget to vacuum the interior to keep it consistently spick and span.

Put Your Phone Down

Many car makers now recognize the importance of smartphones in our everyday lives. With interconnected apps and infotainment screens, it’s easier and safer than ever to use your phone while driving.

That said, if the only way to check your phone remains to pull it out of your pocket while you’re driving, it’s time to put a stop to that in 2024. Pull over to the side of the road if you have to text, but otherwise remember it’s okay to not look at a screen for a half-hour. Cell phone usage still contributes to 1.6 million crashes each year, and one out of four accidents is caused by texting and driving. Even if double-tasking while driving hasn’t been an issue for you in the past, focus your attention on the road and don’t needlessly endanger lives. Remember, all it takes is one split-second incident to dramatically alter your life.

Know Your Lane

The next time you’re cruising up to Atlanta on I-75 , do your fellow drivers a favor and show some basic driver etiquette. If someone is tailing you in the fast lane, take a moment to safely switch lanes and let them pass. We all know that one perplexing driver who insists on going 55 miles per hour in the left lane; let’s make sure we’re not that person. Imagine it this way: you wouldn’t leave your cart blocking someone’s way at the grocery store. So, let’s make it our resolution for 2024 to acknowledge one another by embracing common courtesy and staying in the proper lanes.

Consider Making the EV Switch this Year

This one constitutes more of a major life change but – if you have the resources to do so – 2024 is the year to give serious thought to making the switch to electric or alternate fuel vehicles. The impact it has on lowering carbon emissions is significant, and we’re going to need every advantage we can get to take climate change head-on in the years ahead.

It’s encouraging that as more dynamic electric vehicles continue to emerge – the new Volkswagen ID.4 for example – more dealerships are buying into the EV experience. It also helps that charging stations are starting to pop up everywhere. Here are some just a few nearby charging stations currently operating in Macon:

  • ChargePoint Charging Station on 1501 Mercer University Dr, Macon, GA 31204 
  • ChargePoint Charging Station on 6255 Zebulon Rd, Macon, GA 31210 
  • ChargePoint Charging Station on 4785 Riverside Dr, Macon, GA 31210 
  • Blink Charging Station on 100 College Station Dr, Macon, GA 31206

Cruise Into the New Year

No one is perfect when it comes to making and keeping their resolutions, but with some effort, we can all change our habits for the better. Hopefully you’ll take these suggestions to heart, because they’re truly important to creating a safer, more orderly world. But even if you’re only able to implement one or two of these resolutions into your driving routine, you’re exhibiting a real and meaningful desire to change.

What never changes is the quality of vehicles you’ll find here at Volkswagen of Macon. With our full inventory of cutting edge rides, from the new Jetta to the sleek Arteon, we’ll make your New Year’s dream come true.