Busy Moms: 3 Tips to Keep Up with Car/Auto Maintenance
The Moms of yesteryear were often seen with an apron, in the kitchen. But probably when our kids look back on their childhood, they will have many memories of us picking them up at school, fun activities or trips in the car. Today’s Mom is quite often behind the wheel.
You know how much your family counts on your car to take them to school, soccer and that fun theme park. Everyone knows it is important to keep up with car maintenance, but often it is difficult to imagine being without the car for a day, or even part of the day. So it is so easy to put it off, push that appointment back until you realize you are weeks behind, even two or so months behind schedule yet again. How can you keep up with car maintenance? Well, we’ve got some tips for you to help stay on track.
Tip #1: Enlist a Busy Mom Buddy
This is one of the best tips we can give you. Moms often trade off, watching each others kids or sometimes cooking meals for each other’s families if one of them is having a busy day. Take this practice into play with your car maintenance too. Because if you are having trouble staying on schedule, most likely so are some of your Mom friends that you know. Being your buddy is easy. If you don’t have your “wheels,” then they can help get your kids to school or their tuba lessons. Or they can help you get to the grocery store or whatever you happen to need for the day. Remember the most successful way this will work is to work with each other’s schedules, not to bump up against those troublesome days where Moms and families are always coming and going. So plan it all in advance. Which leads us to Tip #2….
Tip #2: Planning ahead is your Best Friend
Yes, it is an overly cute rhyme, but we hope you appreciate the sentiment. Get out the calendar and put down your 3,000 mile oil changes (typically occurring every 3 months) and your winter and summer maintenance, as well as any maintenance you might want to schedule if you’ve got a fun family vacation planned where you’ll be on the road. Then working with your Mom Buddy becomes as easy as pie.
Tip #3: Always have a “Plan B” to your Busy Mom Buddy
This is one of the reasons we suggest you consider teaming up with not just one, but actually two Moms. There will be times your go-to Mom will be busy. It helps to have a Plan B, backup to your plan. Every Mom knows sometimes your original logistics fall apart, and you’ve got to plan something again, right from scratch. But don’t reschedule that auto maintenance, because you don’t want to put it off. We suggest planning a day of arts and crafts around the house and make use of Rx Automotive’s pick-up and drop-off service. A day of home activities will be far less expensive than a car problem later on.
Remember and respect that car maintenance is important. Of course, no Busy Mom likes to be without her wheels. But taking the car in today could mean avoiding seeing those dreaded dashboard lights come on at the absolutely worst time. And no Busy Mom we know has time for that!