When it comes to our cars, there’s one word, above all others, that encapsulates the feeling of owning our first car, and that one word is freedom. And, that makes perfect sense, because getting your driver’s license is like a baby bird learning to fly. There’s a paradigm shift, everything falls into place, and the whole world opens up to you in one glorious instant. However, it quickly becomes apparent that cars can be expensive to maintain, and so you may find yourself in need of ways to mitigate the inevitable decline of your car’s condition. Here are some tips to help your car take it easy from time to time.

First and foremost, simply drive your car less often. For starters, why drive when you can walk? A good rule of thumb for me is walking when the destination is a mile or less away. That means walking up to two miles at a time, which may sound like a lot, but it takes me around 40 minutes to do it at a relaxed pace. Make no mistake, this isn’t something you can do if you’re in a hurry, and I wouldn’t pair it with grocery shopping, but it is a good way to save money on gas and delay costly car repairs. Another great way to delay those repairs is by riding a bike those shorter distances. You won’t sacrifice nearly as much of the speed, for one thing, but you’ll also be much more capable of carrying things back with you, putting shopping back on the table. Both of these methods are also great exercise, so there’s an added bonus. Another great way to save on costly repairs is to make the repairs yourself. Some smaller repairs are the kind you can easily learn and implement yourself, and so you should. Other, more complicated ones may be too much of a hassle for you and might require a mechanic. It all depends on how much you feel you can invest in learning the skills you need. Lastly. If you wanted to go on a road trip, and now you’re second guessing it, just don’t. Why don’t you just book a trip with Apple Vacations instead?

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