Bonjour lecteurs! Any bonnes résolutions for 2023? I am yet to sit down and reflect on what 2022 brought us. We have already decided on some bits we will concentrate on as a family. Have you ever thought about doing the same for your car? After all, it’s one of the main assets after your home. It directly concerns our safety and therefore should be kept in a spick and span condition no matter what. So here are for you my Top 4 Car Resolutions For A More Efficient Car In 2023.
Seasonal Car Checks
‘Prevention is better than cure’ we say in French. Very often, people mention it in the context of health. Well, it goes the same way with your car.
After all, taking preventative action can save you a lot of money and time in the long run!
A few petits changes during each season can make a big différence. And this way, you keep on top of things and it helps your car stay in good condition.
Par exemple, make sure that air-con systems are working efficiently during the hot summer months. And in winter, it’s worth checking your tyres are properly inflated. Especially with the snow we had lately.
By eliminating potential issues before they occur and get worst, you could save up a few hundred pounds a year.
Regular MOT & Car Servicing
Oui, I know an MOT is statutory. But we often see it as an expense, when really it’s for our own benefit.
So that we can prevent bigger potential costs.
Time to schedule your MOT at Elite Direct London and secure an MOT test before your current MOT certificate expires. So that you can drive safely.
En plus, if you get caught driving without a valid MOT, you can be banned from driving and receive 3 penalty points.
On top of a big penalty of up to £2500. Book yours now.
Never Run Low On Petrol
The next one of my Car Resolutions might seem obvious but…
Is there anything worse than being on the road looking endlessly for a petrol station with the red lights beeping?
I have made this erreur once or twice in the French countryside where I did not have a clue where I was… And it was so stressful!
Did you know that if you leave your tank empty, it can potentially damage the engine and cause wear and tear on key components?
Keep an eye on the fuel meter and don’t wait until the last minute to fill up. Every time I let it go to this situation, I was struggling to find some petrol…
Learn The Essentials
Ladies, this one is for you. I don’t know about you but I think I could do with an upgrade when it’s about basic car maintenance.
Par exemple, do you know how to change a tyre? I think I would have to call Grumpy Boyfriend to the rescue 😅.
It’s also worth doing some basics like checking your levels of car fluids.
How often do you get routine oil changes and check their level? I read that a monthly checkup is necessary to avoid permanent damage to your vehicle.
Last but not least, keep up to date on rules and regulations. Especially if you go abroad.
Et voilà for my Top 4 Car Resolutions For A More Efficient Car In 2023!
What are yours? What kind of driver do you want to be in 2023?
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with Elite Direct Tyres.
I always got to Halfords for my 10 point check, for my tyres I won’t the strength to change them, ok will stick with RAC 🙂
Very interesting and no I can’t change a tyre! I never let the car get too low on petrol (unlike my daughters!)
Lol I did it twice with the petrol. What a panic! Never ever again …
Reading this I’m so glad I don’t own in a car, haha. Both me and husband can’t drive so we always rely on public transport. Can’t imagine being stranded in the countryside without petrol or a broken tyre.
Unfortunately I don’t have a car, great post though!
I would love to have an electric car in 2023 !
Good advice here – I’ll be sure to look if I ever get over being too scared to learn to drive. I won’t be driving until I’m 40+ at this rate! ♥
I’m still in the process of having driving lessons and everything car related feels overwhelming to me at the moment! But I enjoyed reading this, made the world of driving feel a little less daunting x
I try to follow all your points as a matter of course but sometimes life gets in the way, haven’t actually run out of fuel for years tho’
Great resolutions. I did attempt to change a tyre once but couldn’t get the bolts off!
I must say I’m quite good at doing car checks myself, but I would have to get my husband to change a tyre, theres no way I could do that!!
Essential points to keep our vehicles in tip top condition for all our adventures
I think I can remember how to change a tyre, but it is probably 10 years since I last had to change a tyre!
so important to maintain the car and get breakdown cover, I am in a wheelchair so if my car breaks down I lose independence, and need someone to come out asap by the side of the road!
I am hopeless when it comes to my car! I am good at remembering to get it serviced but that is about it!
Great tips, not sure I fancy driving abroad.
I’ll be trying to drive less in 2023 and use my bike more!
I wish I could afford a hybrid car. I’m sure being able to run off electricity rather than just petrol would make things more efficient!
I always let my petrol to go into the red, topping up when it’s worryingly low. I should make it my resolution to top up much earlier!
One of my biggest regrets is not learning to drive. I’m 43 now and have chronic fatigue so it’s not advised to drive sadly. It limits my freedom a bit!
Sensible advice! Have a great Xmas
I have a teenager that has not long been driving so routine maintenance is still great fun for them, hopefully it will create a good habit. I would like to venture further afield onto different types of roads I’m not used to driving on.
No way can I change a tyre. I ve been driving since 17 & now 44. We didn’t have to do any of this to pass our test. I take it to a local tyre place.
Very informative thank you!
Some excellent points there,, thank you. No I can’t change a tyre, I’d hope some kind person would help me!
After 50 years of driving I have never done any checks on my car.I know I should but my OH has always taken it upon himself to do them for me.
So much good advice here for myself and my daughters!
Very interesting, my husband can change a tyre. He is very vigilant with regards to the petrol, thank you x
Wow! My husband sorts all things car out but I really need to make sure I can too. These are good tips!
I can change a tyre, I’ve only done it once but its easier than I thought it would be
I’m useless with a car I once took the car to the garage because the window wouldn’t go up and down turned out I’d pressed the lock button
Some great tips here! Thank you for putting these together.
the level of neglect my car is subject to is insane🤣 I just turn it on and hope for the best tbh
great tips in a wonderful article
Great and very interesting
I cant drive 🙈. Im dangerous enough just walking lol
Although I don’t drive I think there’s some good points here.
car checks are an absolute must, better to have a potential problem spotted and fixed early, than it costing hundreds further down the line
Learn the essentials , I know nothing about cars , rely on my hubby to do it all
Thank you for the tips. Twas an awesome read. Hoping to apply all these once I buy my first car next year ❤️
gosh I really should do routine oil changes
Loving your pictures, I can’t wait to get out on the road again during the summer months.
You must have been sooo stressed running out of petrol in France, I have to have my tank full at all times or I panic where as my partner is terrible and lets his car run on empty it drives me crazy!
Super tips thanks for sharing.
It’s a good idea to check your car over regularly, especially the tyres.
Mine is – check your tyres winter or summer – the wrong pressure can not only cause damage but also cost more in petrol!
Regular services – unlike MOT they arent mandatory but they make a massive difference and keep the car in tip top condition
I don’t drive yet so although there’s some good tips for my other half.
The seasonal check is a really good habit to get into so I will try that this year!
Unfortunately I can’t drive
Oh my last comment seems to have gone awol!! I’d posted to say although I don’t drive, there are some really good tips there.
I definitely cannot change a tire, but I do have routine oil changes!
We have a motability car so we are very lucky that they do all the service, oil etc but my husband is pretty good with all of that stuff
Some very good advice there.
I didn’t know that about petrol, I always like to put petrol in as soon as the light comes on
I don’t own a car but I found your post very interesting
Very good tips and advice, a healthy car makes for a much more pleasant trip.
lots of really good advice
My husband is a mechanic which is great to keep our cars going yet also means I’ll never get a brand new car.
i have it checked by mobility company always in good nick
Our personal resolution is to get the flipping car out more this year, I can no longer drive because of nerve damage & my husband is scared to reenter the world of driving after nearly 2 years stuck at home throughout the covid situation. Fortunately our car has faired well so with a decent service before its next MOT we should be on our way to a summer of travels in 2023.
Great tips, not sure I fancy driving abroad.
During lockdown and taking on a new role which meant I could WFH I decided to give up on my car. I cycled most places anyway, I had been comuting 30miles per day during the summer by bicycle anyway, and for the winter there was a train station 10 minutes from my house. Its been the best thing I ever did, although life sometimes takes a bit more coordiniation I feel so much healthier and certainly a lot less lazy and the amount of money I save is incerdible. While I understand its not for everyone, I would definetly recommend trying a week car free every so often.
That’s a very good idea indeed. I cycle to work and I find it so good for the body and the mind too!
Great advice and some things like a service, yes costs a bit of money however it saves spending a lot of money later down the line.
great checks, i try to keep my car upto date with my services
Basic car maintenance will save you money.
Great Post there’s some great advice
I definitely need to follow this advice, starting with a service which is long overdue.