5 Ways Your Car Can Make You a Better Person in 2017

December 22nd, 2016 by

As the Christmas season begins to wane and New Year’s resolutions start to creep around, how do you decide what goals you will set to grow in 2017? Considering how much time you spend driving, it might be time to make your car a partner on your journey to personal growth. Take a look at some of our ideas to help you –and your car – get started.

Jump in your car and take a ride to find a better you. Wait, what? According to Psychology Today, taking an awe-inspiring trip can lead to you being a better person. Whether you are drinking in the scenic views along Skyline Drive or scheduling a wine tasting at the Barrel Oak Winery, the benefits to expanding your horizons are real.

The sense of awe experienced while traveling can lead you on a path to more ethical decision making. Are you interested in being more generous with your community? Travel also has that effect by helping you gain a better understanding of the world around you. Travel doesn’t have to take you far for it to be awe-inspiring. Even if you only have a day or two, you can see natural wonders in your own backyard. Our Photography Driving Tour of Virginia helps define a plan of attack for short trips.

Become more self-reliant
If you’re looking for ways to feel empowered, allow your car to show you the way. About 40 percent of drivers on the road today don’t know how to change a tire. Can you take care of a flat when it happens during your commute?

Your friends at Honda don’t want you stuck on the side of the road. This downloadable step-by-step guide can help you learn how to get quickly back on the road.

Once you’ve mastered those pesky tire issues, jump right into tackling the regular maintenance your car manufacturer suggests. Each vehicle has its own upkeep needs. Mapping out a schedule based on the owners’ manual recommendations is a great place to start.

Save lives as a designated driver
Holiday parties are known for homemade treats, delicious eggnog, and themed cocktails. What about the big football tailgate or graduation day, March Madness or St. Patrick’s Day parties?

Alcoholic beverages are a common part of celebrations, but according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, someone is injured in a drunk driving accident every two minutes, and every 51 minutes, someone is killed.

You can claim hero status by simply making your drinks non-alcoholic, snagging those keys, and having a carpool party at the end of the night. When you help protect the life of a family member, friend, or stranger – that’s worth celebrating.

Donate your car to charity
If you are ready to make the leap and buy a new car, what will you do with the old one? You know there are options such as selling it yourself and trading it in on your next car, but did you know you can donate it to charity?

You can help Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity by donating your car in Prince William County. In addition, you can donate your car to a low-income family through Vehicles for Change and help to boost their job prospects. For more information, check out How to Donate a Car in Prince William County.

Feed people who are hungry
There is no doubt about it – being hungry makes it hard to focus on anything else. In Prince William County, 11 out of every 18 children go to bed hungry. Your car can help to fill bellies by delivering food to a local food pantry.

ACTION in Community Through Service has a local food pantry and gives away 50,000 pounds of food each month. Pull some friends together and have a food drive competition. You and your car will be a hit with hungry people all across the county.

Another way you can fill empty stomachs is as a Meals on Wheels volunteer driver. Meals on Wheels delivers a noon-time meal to elderly residents of Prince William County every day. As a driver, you will get to hand food to a hungry individual at every stop.

Becoming who you want to be
Never forget you have the ability to become the type of person you dream of being. Let your car help and together you can achieve anything. Look around your local area and you will find opportunities to let your car help you shine.

Considering buying a new car for 2017? We’d be happy to show you the latest models at Hendrick Honda Woodbridge.

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