Love your car. Don’t treat it like a red-headed stepchild. It’s a valuable asset that makes your life a lot better. The next time you feel bad about your ride, read this list for a positive reminder. 

1. Your car protects you.

Your car is a set of body armor on wheels. Could you imagine flying through the air at 70 MPH without the protective shell of your auto interior? You would be as dead as a bug on your windshield.

2. Your car feels like home.

There is something comforting about familiarity. As you spend more time with your car, it should start to feel like a second home. It’s nice to plop down in your driver’s seat after a hard day of work.

3. Your car is a work of art.

Cars are complicated machines. They are built by teams. Imagine how many people must have been involved in the creation of your vehicle. Designers, painters, welders, and assembly line workers to name a few.

4. Your car never talks back.

Okay, that’s not entirely true. Your car does talk sometimes. If something is wrong, it might express itself through a smelly odor, strange noise, or check engine light. But hey, at least it doesn’t argue about what to eat for dinner.

5. Your car takes you places.

I know a guy whose car engine died last winter. It took forever for the replacement part to arrive. He was stuck in his apartment for a month! Could you imagine? Talk about cabin fever. There’s nothing like getting stranded to make you appreciate your car.

6. Your car saves you trouble.

If you didn’t have a car, you would be completely dependent on public transportation. That’s not so bad in big cities, but it would be terrible in areas where things are spread out. You’d have to a) walk, b) ride a bike, c) beg for rides, or d) take a cab everywhere (that would get expensive fast!).

7. Your car provides freedom.

Need a break? Get someone to cover your shift and take a mini-vacation. Need to escape? Hop in your car, roll down the windows, and take a scenic drive. Hate your city? Sorry to hear it, but no one is forcing you to stay there. Relocate! None of this would be possible without your car. Feel thankful yet?

8. Your car requires care and attention.

Your car is like a dog or cat. Pets can’t take care of themselves. If they get sick, you need to take them to the vet. Cars are the same way. If your engine starts sputtering, you need to take it to a mechanic. The problem won’t go away if you ignore it. Act fast. The longer you wait, the more expensive the auto repair will be.

Love your car. Go outside and give it a big hug. Seriously! Your vehicle makes your life more wonderful. How else would you go to work, travel the world, and take the kids to practice? The next time one of your friends complains about their clunker, please share this blog to make them feel better. They will appreciate the thought.  Thanks!