7 Things Every Car Owner Needs

Owning and driving a car also requires a lot of responsibility and maintenance.

Here is a list of seven car essentials we recommend to will keep your car running smoothly.  

1. Owner’s Manual

When it comes to driver's safety, a vehicle owner's manual is a vital resource. It will tell you essential information, such as how to set up your car, how to check car fluids and correct tyre pressure. 

Keep your owner’s manual nearby to take full advantage of your vehicle's available options. 

2. License, Insurance, and Registration

We know it's obvious, but you should always have your license, registration, and insurance in the car whenever you are driving it. 

Knowing you’re up to date with your paperwork makes every ride all the more smooth and secure.

3. First Aid Kit

What road safety benefit could a First Aid Kit provide? 

If you need to clean up a cut or bandage a blister, it comes in handy to have a small supply of medical essentials nearby, such as Band-Aids, gauze pads, scissors, and gloves.

In the event of a breakdown or a collision at the roadside, the vehicle's occupants could attend to minor injuries sustained.

4. High Visibility Vest

A high-visibility vest is critical to ensure that other motorists see you and could even help save your life if you need to walk along dark roads, particularly in rural areas.

5. Jumper Leads to Save You from a Dead Battery

Dead batteries happen to all of us.

Jumpstarting is the most common way to deal with a dead car battery. To bring your car back to life, you will need a set of jumper leads and another car with a functional battery. 

If you know how to jumpstart a dead vehicle battery, you will help others in the same situation.

6. Spare Tyre

A spare tyre can prove invaluable in an emergency.

According to Road Safety Authority, a “spare tyre, compact spare tyre or donut tyre” should only be used to get to the nearest repair centre and are usually limited to a maximum speed of 80 km/h.

A spare tyre is typically lighter and smaller in size than the standard wheels on your car.

Your local First Stop Depot can lend a hand when you need to repair or replace a flat tyre.

7. Car fluids

Car fluids ensure that every part of the car that is under the hood is working correctly.  

You will either need to replace or top up your car's fluids as per your owner’s manual. Make it a routine job to get the vehicle checked for important fluids.

Car Fluids to Keep an Eye On:

  • Engine oil
  • Coolant
  • Power steering fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Windshield washer fluid

Finally, find a good mechanic. When it's time for your car service, find your nearest First Stop Tyres & Car Services Ireland depot. Our trusted and qualified car mechanics will ensure your car is running smoothly.

Drive safely!

Source: RSA (Road Safety Authority)