You’ve finally gotten the luxury car you’ve always wanted. The last thing you want is for your dreams to be crushed in an accident. Not only could you experience whiplash, a concussion, or internal injuries, your car will need to be repaired at the very least, or it could end up being totaled at the very worst.
Make sure you’re able to drive your luxury car until you’re ready to switch it out for a new vehicle by following the tips on this list.
How you drive matters. If you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, you won’t feel confident, and if you don’t feel confident, you can increase your chances of experiencing an accident behind the wheel.
You can always review the rules of the road by taking a practice permit test online, but a more fun way to feel more confident behind the wheel is to take a race car driving class.
For example, you can find classes that let you tackle wintery conditions on a frozen lake where you can make mistakes on purpose and learn to correct them. Other courses can teach you how to handle a car when you’re going over 100 mph. If you can drive confidently on the racetrack or in extreme conditions, you’ll feel more confident when you join everyone else on the road.
Distracted driving is dangerous. The CDC reports that an average of nine people are killed every day in the United States due to a distracted driver. Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions behind the wheel, but talking on the phone can be dangerous too, even if you use your car’s Bluetooth capabilities.
Not only should you leave your phone on mute in the back seat when you’re driving your luxury vehicle, there are other things you should do too. Avoid eating or drinking while you’re driving, avoid spending a lot of time adjusting the controls on your dashboard, and never try and reach something on the floor while your car is in drive.
Follow a Regular Maintenance Schedule
You expect your car to be in perfect condition when you drive off the lot, but it won’t stay that way. Every car needs regular maintenance and care if it is going to drive smoothly and safely for years to come.
It’s important to follow a regular maintenance schedule that includes doing things like:
Changing your oil
Replacing air filters
Replacing the battery
Topping off antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, and other fluids
Rotating your tires
Replacing windshield wipers
Although every car follows the same general maintenance schedule, there are some differences between manufacturers. Take the time to look up the maintenance schedule for your specific vehicle. It will ensure your car is cared for exactly the way it should be.
Keep Your Car Clean
There’s no point in having a luxury car if it doesn’t look luxury, which is why you should keep it clean.
That means keeping the outside of your car clean by washing it regularly, especially in the winter when salt and sand can collect on the undercarriage of your vehicle. You can wash your car yourself, or you can drive through a car wash. It’s very convenient to purchase a monthly plan that ensures you can get your car washed quickly and easily.
It’s important to keep the interior of your car clean too! That might mean keeping a duster in the glove compartment to keep your dash clean, finding creative ways to keep your cup holders clean, and covering your seat if you travel with pets. Keeping a small garbage in your car can help too.
Add Personal Touches
Having a luxury car comes with many perks you won’t get with other cars, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your car even more luxurious! There are many personal touches you can add to your vehicle that will make it feel even more special.
Avoid stickers and decals, as they can look tacky and damage your car. Add a heated steering wheel cover, a blanket that you can drape over your lap, or a back massager that can be draped over the seat of your car.
The initial excitement of finally getting the car you’ve always wanted can wear off as soon as you realize the pressure that comes with taking care of a luxury vehicle. It’s not as hard as you think! Follow the tips on this list and you can enjoy your time behind the wheel of your luxury car for years to come.