Every year, as the minutes draw down on the previous year and a new year opens up before us in fireworks and celebration, we set new goals for ourselves. We want to eat better and lose weight, start saving money, or end bad habits in favor of newer and better ones. Sometimes we succeed, and sometimes we fall just short and renew our vision for the following year.
Among the goals you set for 2018, why not consider reevaluating your relationship with your Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, or RAM vehicle? Sure, you are a responsible vehicle owner, but you could be doing more. To help strengthen the bond between man and machine, consider undertaking these New Year’s resolutions for your vehicle.
Be healthier. Are you an aggressive driver? Do you like to gun the throttle and brake suddenly? Not only is this less safe, it’s much less efficient than a more even-keel approach to driving. By decelerating more gradually, you’ll actually increase your vehicle’s fuel economy. According to Popular Mechanics, you’ll want to make sure that you aren’t accelerating too slowly, however, as driving in a lower gear for longer uses more fuel than it would driving at a higher gear. (Note: this probably doesn’t apply if you own a Dodge Demon.)
Quit smoking. Waiting for your child to get out of school. Sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Picking up your order from the pizza place. These are all scenarios where you’re more likely to leave your vehicle idling than not. But contrary to the popular misconception, it is far more efficient to turn your vehicle off and then back on again than to leave it burning fuel at 0 mph. Cut down on your carbon footprint and get more bang for your buck by quitting idling altogether in 2018.
Find a focus. There may be no worse driving habit than driving distracted. With your smartphone constantly binging and buzzing at you, you may be tempted to check your messages even when traveling at high speeds on the highway. Fight the inclination and stow your phone for your drive; if you absolutely have to stay connected, invest in a new Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, or RAM vehicle with Uconnect® infotainment from Linwood CDJR Paducah and keep up on your messages without having to take your eyes off the road. If you’ve dedicated yourself to the idea of reading more in 2018, you can link Uconnect with your audiobooks and catch up on your to-be-read pile.
These are just some of the things you can do to be a better, healthier driver in 2018. If you have bad habits that you need to break, make those your priority and you’ll likely find that your daily drive is less costly and stressful.