New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

As we begin a new year, it’s time for that annual exercise of making New Year’s resolutions.

Whatever your resolutions may be, did you take your car into consideration, too?

Make yourself a better car owner and keep your car in the best condition with these 5 new year’s resolutions every car owner should have for 2020.  


Resolution #1

Keep your car looking good/new

A simple yet regular maintenance is probably the best way to keep your car working mechanically as almost new.

If you have never used an automated car wash with swirling brushes, perhaps it’s time to give it a go?

Polish your car from time to time. Do it a section at a time and admire your work and smile when you see your face in the reflection.

Don’t forget to spruce up the interior.

Keep your car crumb and dust free – use a car vacuum cleaner.

Adopt simple walk around checks to spot potentially dangerous defects.

The Road Safety Authority recommends 12 Basic Vehicle Maintenance Checks.

Download a PDF here: RSA 12 Car Safety Checks.pdf


Resolution #2

Check your car’s fluids on a regular basis

Car fluids play a huge role in maintaining your car. Keeping them at the correct levels will help your car drive better.

Here’s what to check:

1.      Engine oil

Engine oil lubricates, cleans, protects and cools the car’s engine Both the oil and oil filter need to be changed in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines. Check the engine oil ‘dipstick’ level regularly to make sure you have enough oil in your car.

Improve the fuel efficiency of your car. Extend the engine’s life.

Need help?

Find your local First Stop Tyre & Car Service outlet and contact us for more information.

2.      Coolant

Check the coolant level in your car is correct as a low coolant level can result in your engine overheating. The coolant tank is usually located under the bonnet.

Warning!!!  Do not open the cap when the engine is hot.

3.      Brake fluid

Brake Fluid plays a crucial role in your cars braking system as it is responsible to help move various parts of your vehicle's braking system, so when you press the brake pedal to activate your vehicles brakes it makes the car STOP. Inspect the fluid level inside the container without the need to remove the filler cap.

Opening the cap to check the fluid level is not recommended, as this can result in contamination.

Most car manufacturers recommend that you replace your car’s brake fluid every 2 to 3 years or 39,000 to 58,000 km’s.

4.      Windscreen wash

Check the level of windscreen wash regularly and top up as necessary not forgetting to add “screenwash”.


Resolution #3

Be more eco-friendly

Make your car eco-friendly this year, regardless of make, model or year.

Check your tyre pressure! Under-inflated tyres don’t roll as efficiently as properly inflated tyres which means you use more fuel.

Remove extra weight in the boot or cargo area, again the lighter the car the less fuel required to make your car move.

Drive smarter. By accelerating and braking hard, you're making your car burn more fuel than it needs to.

Think before you commute. Plan your route to avoid traffic hotspots. Less time spent idling in traffic means less fuel used.


Resolution #4

Fill up the tank before the car reaches it reserve line

Letting your car’s fuel tank almost run dry?

Drop the habit in 2020!

Some drivers rely on the wrong assumption that, once the fuel light starts blinking, they’ve still got a plenty of kilometres to go.

Things could, however, go wrong.

The average fuel reserve in a modern car is a mere 10-15km.

Imagine being out there with no sign of a petrol station!

An empty tank can cause serious damage to your car’s engine.

After having an empty tank this could continue to have negative effects on your car’s running and performance, keep your fuel tank at least a quarter full at all times.

Now that you know that driving on empty can be bad for your car, it should be easier to break the habit!


Resolution #5

What's another bad habit your car wouldn’t miss?

Are you using the hazard lights as a parking permit?

Are you guilty of not indicating around roundabouts? Cars are designed with indicators for the purpose of making roads a safer place to be by advising other drivers of your intended direction.

Are you tempted to check your phone when driving?

Distracted driving could be a factor in as many 20-30% of all collisions in Ireland. This means that driver distraction could be a contributory factor in over 1,400 fatal and injury collisions annually.


Ladies, putting on make-up while driving will cost you more than just poking your eye with a mascara brush.

Recognize your bad habits that put you and other road users at risk. Make roads safe by being part of the solution, not the problem.