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Thursday 9 February 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# motoring advice

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# Driver dilemma
Buying a new car? Here are some family-friendly features that make travelling with children easier
Clever features for family driving.
# Paris Motor Show
7 new family cars coming to Ireland for 2019
Our picks from the Paris Motor Show, from a new-old Toyota to a Mercedes SUV. (And the new Suzuki Jimny.)
# motoring advice
3 essential tune-ups every car owner should do every year (that'll save you money)
You don’t have to be a mechanic to know what needs doing. We asked the experts for the essentials.
# Driver dilemma
Buying second-hand? Know these visual giveaways that can reveal bodywork repairs
Don’t get caught out buying a car that has been in an accident.
# Best Car Buys
The 8 best family crossovers under €30k you can buy right now
For many families, crossovers are the new hatchback. Here we round up the best of the market.
# Driver dilemma
What's the difference between a crossover and an SUV?
And which one suits my needs?
# dashboard warning lights
Quiz: How well do you really know your dashboard warning lights?
Buckle up – we’re going to tell you.
# diesel dump
How the UK 'diesel dump' is impacting Ireland (and what it means for your car's resale value)
Plus, how to protect yourself if you’re buying a private import.
# industry report
These are 10 of Ireland's most popular imported cars of 2018 so far
Highlights from the DoneDeal Motor Industry Review.
# Driver dilemma
How to reduce your car's emissions (and pass the NCT in the process)
Here’s what you can do to make your motor as clean and efficient as possible.
# Driver dilemma
Help! I'm looking for a small car suitable for just one person
We look at the most compact cars on the market
# Driver dilemma
What's the difference between L plates and N plates?
Understanding the Irish graduated driving licence system.
# best family cars
The 5 best family cars under €30k you can buy right now
Whether you’re looking for an SUV, estate, saloon, hatchback or crossover, we’ve got you covered.
# Driver dilemma
Is it more efficient to open your window, or switch on the air-con?
We answer those burning motoring questions.
# Driver dilemma
Estate or SUV: Which one is right for you?
Or is there an alternative option?
# Driver dilemma
5 tips to keep your cool behind the wheel in this hot weather
It’s wheely wheely warm.
# Driver dilemma
Spend a lot of time on the road? These 8 items will make your journey that little bit easier
Essential items to have in your car.
# Driver dilemma
Has your car been recalled? If so, here's what to do
A number of recalls have recently been issued.
# Confident driving
6 tips to reduce the nerves and increase confidence behind the wheel
Repeat after me: “I am a strong, confident, driver”.
# car care
Getting a new car? Here's how you can make the most of it by 'breaking it in'
Top tips for running-in your new car.
# Driver dilemma
Everything you need to know about eCall: How your car will soon trigger emergency services automatically
We explain the automated emergency call in-car technology.
# Driver dilemma
How bad does the weather have to be before you use fog lights?
Know the law to avoid a fine.
# Driver dilemma
Fully charged: 7 tips to protect your car battery this winter
These tips and tricks will keep your battery charged all winter long.
# Driver dilemma
7 things you can do now to protect your car's exterior all winter long
Don’t let your precious motor fall foul of frost, wind and rain.
# car check-up
5 of the most common NCT failures (and how to prevent against them)
These essential pre-test checks could save you time and money.
# Driver dilemma
From air-con to massage seats: Which optional extras on a car are worth paying for?
Not all options are a wise investment.
# Driver dilemma
How do short journeys affect diesel particulate filters?
Keep the Diesel Particulate Filter working properly with these tips.
# Driver dilemma
Here are the best times of year to buy a car
Certain times of the year are better than others.
# Back To School
6 ways to cut the cost of the school run
Getting in the car costs money. Here’s how to lessen the load.
# Dear Driver
To stop or not to stop? Here's what to do if you see an accident
Got a motoring question or looking for some advice? We’re here to help.
# Dear Driver
Dear Driver: What do I need to know when buying child seats?
Got a motoring question or looking for some advice? We’re here to help.
# Dear Driver
Which car brands offer the best (and worst) warranties in Ireland?
Got a motoring question or looking for some advice? We’re here to help.
# Dear Driver
What counts as 'good' MPG nowadays?
Got a motoring question or looking for some advice? We’re here to help.
# Dear Driver
What are pretensioner seatbelts and are they better than normal seatbelts?
Got a motoring question or looking for some advice? We’re here to help.
# Driving Home for Christmas
Essential tips to destress and stay sane while driving home for Christmas
Be cool as a cucumber even when you are top to toe in tailbacks.
# Dear Driver
Are xenon headlights really better than halogen ones?
We shed some light on this subject.
# Dear Driver
Can you get all the way from Dublin to Cork in an electric car?
Got a motoring question or looking for some advice? We’re here to help.
# Dear Driver
Dear Driver: Should I worry about my car's timing belt?
Got a motoring question or looking for some advice? We’re here to help.
# Dear Driver
Dear Driver: How can I tell when my car is due its NCT?
Got a motoring question or looking for some advice? We’re here to help.
# Dear Driver
Dear Driver: When should I let my child go in the front seat?
Got a motoring question or looking for some advice? We’re here to help.