New Years Resolutions Actually Complete This Year! Our Top 10 Ideas!
Struggling for ideas for New Year Resolutions 2016? Didn’t do too well with last years resolutions?
Here are some that aren’t frustratingly difficult that you might actually be interested in doing!
We’ve compiled 10 useful car related ideas here so there’s bound to be one that you can stick to and complete! Plus they don’t all take the course of the whole year to give you that feeling of satisfaction, at the same time keeping your car in good shape too!
New Year Resolutions 10: Check Your Fluids
A simple idea that many people overlook until it’s too late. In many cases the low oil warning light only seems to come on when it’s too late and by then you’re facing a quote for a new engine. Pop the bonnet and check your dipstick, while you’re there you might as well check your coolant level too. Failed head gaskets are the most common cause for loss of oil or coolant resulting in a complete engine failure.
New Year Resolutions 9: Drive More Efficiently To Save Money
If you haven’t heard of hypermiling, nowadays there are actually many drivers conscious of the idea. They aim to get the maximum number of miles from each tank by slightly changing their driving habits. Some of their practices can be a bit too extreme, such as coasting in neutral, but there are probably a number of drivers out there who could pay a little more thought into their driving style.
– Change Petrol Station (Potentially)
In another attempt to save money you could also educate yourself by using a petrol comparison website such as PetrolPrices.com to get an idea of what stations local to you are consistently the cheapest.
– Try Premium Fuel
Some drivers will even test out using Super vs Standard Unleaded petrol and seeing if using the Super Unleaded gives them those extra miles making it worthwhile to make the switch, this can vary from manufacturer and model so it is worth trying a tank.
– Track Your Fuel Use
Fuelly.com is a great tool for tracking how much you spend on fuel and how many miles you achieve from each tank. It can be a good indicator of how you drive combined with how efficient your vehicle is. You are shown interesting facts in the form of graphs, charts and totals which can be surprising to see how your MPG changes and how much money you spend on fuel.
New Year Resolutions 8: Try A New Car
Don’t be a bigot! Have you stayed loyal to the same manufacturer for years or just always driven hatchbacks? Test drive a different make or type of vehicle and you may be surprised when you like one. Although it can be difficult to gauge things like fuel efficiency and reliability on a test drive, you may like other features such as comfort, driveability, looks or mod cons.
New Year Resolutions 7: Improve Your Existing Car
Get more out of your car by updating or adding a new feature such as a DAB or Bluetooth CD player head unit for clearer radio sound and hands free phone connectivity (respectively).
New Year Resolutions 6: Be A “Greener” Driver
Look to buy a more economical or even electric car? If you cringe at the thought of filling a whole tank with today’s fuel prices it may be worth considering a vehicle that achieves a higher miles per gallon figure. You may also find that your vehicle tax and insurance also reduces because of this!
New Year Resolutions 5: Organise Your Service History
Buy an A4 ring binder and some plastic wallets to go inside! Arrange all work and servicing receipts in a chronological order. Having once place to keep everything will prevent you from losing paperwork and when it comes time to sell your car, all the organised paperwork will look good to the potential buyer, giving them the confidence that it has been well looked after.
New Year Resolutions 4: Deep Clean Your Own Car
The guys at the £5 hand car washes don’t usually clean your car properly, leaving the usual (just out of sight) parts dirty. They don’t always pay full attention as they need to get on to the next customer’s vehicle to squeeze the most profit out of every day. This can result in extra scratches or harsh chemicals being used and you will usually be able to clean your car to a better standard. If you can’t remember the last time you washed yours, this Sunday is a good time to dig out a couple of buckets (for the two-bucket wash method), preferably a wash mitt rather than a sponge and give your car a good once over. This will also give you a chance to notice where new blemishes are appearing on your paintwork, so that you can keep an eye on them. Nobody really teaches you how to properly wash a car so maybe it’s time to brush up on those skills.
New Year Resolutions 3: Spruce Up Your Interior
Clean those old fast food stains off your seats or give your leather a treatment. It really is easy to transform your interior using only a couple of products and a vacuum cleaner, bringing it up to a new standard once again! On cloth seats a simple Woolite and water mixture works really well while a leather conditioner can work as a moisturiser for your leather seats, giving them a lick of life again.
New Year Resolutions 2: Service Your Car
Whether you have your vehicles serviced by a garage or you may be interested in learning to do it yourself. There are so many step by step guides on YouTube for nearly every model of modern car and something like engine oil and filter change is actually a simple task! The main things you can easily do yourself are; engine oil and filter, gearbox oil, cabin (pollen) filter, spark plugs, checking your tyre tread using a 20p coin and making sure they are at the correct pressure at a petrol station.
New Year Resolutions 1: Emergency Breakdown Preparation
Would you be prepared for a breakdown without any roadside assistance for a few hours? Not many of us are, if you have breakdown cover you should still be prepared to wait a couple of hours for recovery or even longer if you don’t.
Basic 7 Item Emergency Kit:
1. Jump leads – when your car battery is drained this can save a lot of hassle.
2. Mobile phone – in case your everyday phone battery dies and you cannot use an in-car charger.
3. Blankets – for keeping warm while waiting for recovery.
4. Drinking water
5. Snacks – to keep your energy levels up.
6. First aid kit – a simple kit for minor accidents.
7. Spare tyre and tools – obviously ensure it’s fit for use as well as knowing how to change it with the correct tool(s) for the job!