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Car Safety Tips-for Women Garage Users – (Although Everyone can benefit from Car Safety Tips)


Car Safety Tips for Women

While everyone can benefit from car safety tips, you will have to admit that women are more likely to need these tips to help them out during unexpected and unfamiliar situations. While it would be great if a woman were well versed and equipped to handle wonky Disc Brakes or out of aligned tyres, that isn’t usually the case. Find below some great car safety tips to help you out and manage the unforeseen when you are driving.

When your car brakes fail

Before all else, check if your car is equipped with anti-lock brakes or just regular ones. Knowing this important bit of information will help you determine how to manage when your brakes fail. To know this, when a light goes on with the logo ABS when you start your car, then you have anti-lock brakes. If no light goes on, then you have regular brakes.  If your brakes Car Safety Tipsfail, you need to downshift to a lower gear first. Next, pump your brakes three to four times to build up the brake fluid pressure. If this does not work, your next option would be to use the parking brake. Do this gradually, not abruptly, and be ready for the car to skid. With anti-lock brakes, practice your sudden stops at safe street situations to get a feel of how they should perform.  When you press the brake all the way down, you should feel a strong vibration at the pedal, which will let you know the ABS system is working the way it should.

When car isn’t driving straight

If your car is veering to the left or right even when your steering wheel is straight, chances are your wheels may need to be aligned. But before you head off to have them aligned, make sure to check off other possibilities that may cause your car to tend towards another direction when the steering wheel is straight.

Are you tyres properly inflated? Make sure they are inflated to the recommended  pressure, which you ought to find on the label attached to the driver’s side door. What about the wear pattern? Are you tyres round or are they out of shape? Are there missing pieces or lumps  along the side-wall? Also make sure that all your tyres are of the same type. Having several kinds  on one car can make for an unstable ride.

Once you have determined that there is nothing physically wrong with yours, you should bring in your vehicle for proper and professional wheel alignment to keep your vehicle running properly  and safely.

Unstable steering, clanking and banging sounds while driving, vibrations while driving

This could indicate a problem with your suspension. The suspension system of a vehicle takes the heaviest wear from the road and it is an important part in keeping your car stable while driving and ensures the driver and passenger’s safety.  If you go over a hump and the car continues to bounce up and down, chances are your shock absorbers are worn and may need

Car Safety Tips

Some garages employ female mechanics who are always willing to give Car Safety Tips

replacing. Clanking and banging sounds may indicate that your shocks are getting caught and not bouncing back. Vibrations while driving on smooth surfaces should clue you in to have your shocks and suspension checked because they are not supposed to occur on a smooth road.

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is better to maintain your car properly and routinely in order to avoid any major mishaps. Most Car Safety Tips are useful, but you need to make sure to take your vehicle to a reputable and  professional garage that will ensure outstanding results and keep your car humming for a long time.

At Point-S, the leading independent dealer network, we’re all about tyres and more. We will help you keep your auto in excellent condition so it will always be road worthy and safe for anyone to drive- male or female. And as an accredited Unipart Car Care Centre garage, you are assured that our standards are up to par with theirs.

             An open and honest approach with the customers

             A high standard of work and excellent value for money

            At least 12 month guarantee on parts and labour

             An open invitation to inspect, review and rate the garages of your choice to make the best informed decision for your needs  

Now there is no more reason not to keep safe on the road.  

Eric Roberts …www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Cheap Car Tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

    

Volvo self driving cars- 100 to be tested on Swedish roads in pilot project …

Volvo has announced a pilot project that’ll see 100 Volvo self driving cars take to the roads of Gothenburg, Sweden, as the automaker continues in its efforts to bring a fully autonomous self driving cars to the market.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Volvo self driving cars

Hi it must be a strange feeling to get into a car that can steer and drive to its destination without any aid by a driver. I must be getting old ,because I can’t see for the life in me what these Volvo self driving cars are going to gain.

If that’s what people want why on earth don’t they stick to the driver- less train systems that we see in many countries these days? I would much prefer to sit on a train high up above the busy traffic “THAN IN Volvo self driving cars”. Also modern technology is good, but it is not perfect. I recently visited France and had to turn off the motorway because it was blocked by an accident, a large truck had toppled over, completely blocking the two lane motorway.

We had to turn off so I switched on my satellite navigation system, hoping to pick the motorway up further North. I keyed in Calais further North and the sat/nav kindly to me to three junctions South of the junction that I had to turn off on? It then came up with a server problem message, which rendered it useless?.

So I have my doubts about the technology used in these cars.

Here is a good snippet from the Popular Mechanics web-site about the strange sensation that their driver experienced when first handling one of these Volvo self driving cars,

“As soon as I hit the small black lane-centre button, I can feel the wheel stiffen in my hands. Suddenly the light bar atop it begins to glow a soft green, signalling that the car has taken over the task of steering. I had already surrendered control of the acceleration and braking to the vehicle’s adaptive cruise control, and now with my feet flat on the floor, I Volvo self driving carsslowly un-wrap my fingers and release the wheel. Sitting in the passenger seat is Jeremy Salinger, who works on General Motors’ semiautonomous car program. He’s seen the car do this dozens, possibly hundreds, of times, but, if only to reassure me, he states the obvious: “The car is in control now.”… http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/news/industry/the-12-most-important-questions-about-self-driving-cars-16016418

His final comment is that” it felt like a ghost was driving the car”

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

See on www.digitaltrends.com

Poor tyres-Could cost you your life? – A look at tyre safety from this is Eastgrinstead.co.uk

Poor tyres

Poor tyres
This accident was caused by poor tyres.

 

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Poor tyres could cost your life

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Motorists who drive with illegal tyres could be hit with three penalty points on their licence and a fine of up to £2,500 for each tyre.

Poor tyres are the cause of many accidents

There is no doubt about it. That tyres and brakes are a major cause of road accidents. Hence, not just here in the UK but all over Europe. One of the main offending groups in my

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More Police action checking tyres is what is needed to make drivers aware of the huge problem or poor tyres here in the UK.

opinion . Consequently, it is the young Sound Drivers. This is the category of drivers that we do not see buying  tyres. Or at least new tyres.

There is something happening to make the younger driver want to risk their life. As a result, perhaps they just don’t care about their own safety. Hence, by using Poor tyres and the other road users. We all know the massive cost of insurance policies for young drivers. Subsequently, a young guy who works for me in our tyre department is having to spend £3000 to insure a small Vauxhall Corsa, but young drivers should weight all these things up before they decide to buy a car and take to the road.

The other alternative, “which in my opinion is just as bad “is that perhaps they are buying Poor tyres part worn tyres, or their parents are forever bailing them out. I think the later will be the case, but we still don’t see many young men calling into us to buy new tyres, perhaps you know better ?

Eric Roberts member of TYRESAFE.ORG

 

See on www.thisissussex.co.uk

poor tyres

Check your tyres tread for wear as often as possible make it a good habit, and while your at it check out for cuts or bubbles at the same time.

Women Motorists-use cars as ‘second wardrobe’ – Telegraph

Beauty products and spare clothing are kept in the cars in case of emergency, a survey has revealed (Half of young Women Motorists #drivers use their #car as a ‘second wardrobe’ according to a recent survey @TeleMotoring

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

They sure do i think we all agree that most Women Motorists are caught out putting on their makeup. Some of them even do it while they are driving along in their cars!! well well.

Although this is not an offense on its own, such things as putting your make up on while driving and drinking and eating food comes under the heading of “CARELESS DRIVING”.

Apart from Women Motorists putting on makeup while driving , motorists can also be fined if they are caught messing around with their stereo or such other things as combing and brushing your hair . If you have one or both hands off the steering wheel while driving your car and are spotted by a police officer you can be prosecuted for careless driving. More reading…http://www.carrentals.co.uk/blog/10-illegal-things-we-all-do-when-driving.html

The fine for such an offense can be around the £200 mark and also comes with 6 points on your license. There is also a possibility that your car insurance will be increased, because when you have been fined , you must report the offense to your insurance company and they could increase your premiums. The offense of careless driving, according to the DVLA means that you were not in total control of your car and is considered to be a serious offense resulting in a fine and points.Women Motorists

Only the other week i noticed that Women Motorists in the cars  behind me was putting her make up on while we were stood at some traffic lights, when the lights changed to green, she was still putting her makeup on and missed the green light, i heard the cars behind her hooting at her but she just carried on with what she was doing.

Eric Roberts… www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

See on www.telegraph.co.uk

Winter Car Servicing-Good Garage Scheme Car Servicing in Great Britain : Get Ready for …

Winter Car Servicing

Winter Car Servicing

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Winter Car Servicing

With cold weather just around the corner and nights beginning to draw in, the Good Garage Scheme is encouraging motorists to have their cars professionally checked to ensure they are safe and reliable in the winter months …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Winter is on its way is your car ready for Winter Car Servicing ?

This article from the “Good garage scheme” highlights the motorist to the severe weather conditions that may lie ahead and the effects that this could have on your car if you did not prepare it by servicing it before the winter arrives.We are a member of the Unipart Car care Centres and are advising our customers to do the same, by offering an MOT and Winter Car Servicingservice for just £100 all inclusive. This offer is for most small and medium sized cars and will carry out Winter Car Servicing on their cars for the winter ahead. This offer also includes a brake check and your anti-freeze levels topping up the correct winter levels, so you won’t be the one with a frozen engine. We also give your battery a good check over, so you will not be late to work because your cars battery has failed you.

Thanks Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Working for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Of course, before starting my first business. Consequently, I now own a garage and MOT testing centre. Here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. As a result, I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars . Hence, and their related products that will help my business. As a result,we are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes . Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

 

See on www.goodgarageschemeblog.com

Continental Tyre Advice- That Warn You Of Vehicle Overloading your car tyres.

Continental Tyre AdviceContinental Tyre Advice-Continental tyres make new gadgats

Continental Car Tyres has been stepping up its line of products as it already delivers tyres which are equipped with a sensor that tells the user just how much…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

New Continental Tyre Advice just one of things to come?

Now that we will all be using TPMS systems in the future it comes as no surprise that other gadgets will be developed to aid the motorist in the constant drive for more road safety on our cars.

This new device from Continental Tyre Advice will be no exception, and will tell the driver if the car is overloaded or not. Overloading is one of the main dangers associated with the cars handling and can be very dangerous when cornering with an overloaded car.

No doubt there will be many more gadgets coming through in the years to come to aid drivers probably on German cars such as the BMW’s and Mercs, who work in conjunction with the German tyre giant Continental Tyre Advice professionals . These devices will also become more common on vehicles such as caravans and motor-homes, as they will warn the driver of any loss of air pressure, thus resulting in a safer journey.

Post compiled by Eric Roberts…

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Continental Car Tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

See on www.ubergizmo.com

Quality Car batteries- And other top tips for driving your CAR in the wet winter conditions

Quality Car batteries; driving the car in winter conditions

One of the most obvious but important parts of winter driving is to prepare  for the bad weather that will be certain to affect us.

Every winter we are bombarded by bad weather, and most of us will get caught out and unprepared for the journey back home from shopping or from work. This happens time and time again to many motorists who get caught out in heavy rain and flooding similar to the weather this week, or a really fast and heavy snow storm. I f you check your car out you will eliminate most of the worry of bad road conditions, and feel safer and glad that you were prepared.Qaulity Car batteries

  • It always pays to have your car checked at a Unipart Car Care Centre for a pre winter check. This takes the form of checking your levels for antifreeze to make sure that it is the correct strength to withstand freezing temperatures, also your screen wash and oil levels must be checked. The early dark nights also call for your lights checking, how many times do you see a car with only one head on, that looks like a motorbike from a distance ?.
  • The most important things to check are your tyres. I know that I harp on about it, but please buy a set of winter tyres, this alone will help you on wet and snow covered winter roads and give you much more confidence when traveling out to work or to the shops. Many more drivers are now switching to winter tyres and are spreading the news to their relations and friends, they really do make a massive difference when driving on roads in winter time.

Check the depth of the water before going through in your car

Other advice now relates to flooding. Flooding has now become a common scene here in the UK. When you approach a flood please take care not take your vehicle  in too deep. Try to avoid the flooded road if possible and if you must go across the water make sure you stop and check your brakes on the other side, a minor point is that water could damage your exhaust pipes and catalytic converter a few weeks later. Another part of the car that is neglected in winter is your car battery. You can easily be caught stranded away from home if your battery lets you down. If your vehicle is over 5 years old it may be better for you to change the battery for a new one before your old battery lets you down. Remember it always happens when you are away from home and will cost you less to replace it , than expensive breakdown charges. if you do have to buy a new battery do make sure that you chose Quality Car batteries. They often come with a better warranty and will last longer

For more reading…

“ Quality Car batteries rarely last longer than five years so you may want to consider replacing your battery for the winter season. If you see any corrosion around the battery’s Qaulity Car batteriescontact points, clean off with a wire brush to ensure a strong connection”… http://www.which.co.uk/cars/driving/driving-advice/driving-in-snow/prepare-your-car-for-driving-in-snow/

And also…

“Winter has well and truly set in now, with flooding in some parts of the UK and snow and ice forecast. So what can you do to make sure getting from A to B is as safely as possible?”… http://www.which.co.uk/news/2012/11/top-10-tips-for-driving-in-winter-conditions-303791/

This post was compiled by Eric Roberts www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Brake Servicing Halifax UK-A Look into How Important It Is To You and Your Car.

Brake Servicing Halifax UK

Brake Servicing Halifax UK-We all should a regular brakes service carried out on our cars

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Along with tyres, the most important thing to look after on your cars are the brakes. We should all have our brakes checked at regular intervals, either on the cars routine service schedule or a stand alone Brake Servicing Halifax UK.

Most motorists though ignore my advice and do not know that they have a problem with their brakes until they hear the dreaded grinding of metal to metal as their pads wear out and touch the metal brake discs, making the all too familiar horrible grinding noise.

One of the other problems that the motorist has is that your brakes wear out very gradually. I am talking in particular about things like brake hoses and brake cylinder rubbers. Both these items are made of a rubber based material and eventually they will be eaten away by the brake fluid. This eating away would notice by our mechanics on a routine service as the leaking of the fluid is readily detectable.

Brake Servicing Halifax UK

If the brakes including the metal pipes. Therefore, that carry the brake fluid round. Thus, are not checked out. Therefore, there is a possibility that they may leak causing brake failure. Luckily for us in the UK. We have a MOT test on an annual basis. As expected, the test does pick up many faults.

But it is a sagacious person that have their Brake Servicing Halifax UK at regular intervals. Motorists were particularly wise if they have a Disc Brakes service carried out after Winter time. Winter is the time that you will use the brakes twice as much as in Summertime, because of motoring on ice and snow. Another reason to have a brakes service is if you live in a hilly or mountainous area, apparently you will be using the brakes much more when going down steep inclines and taking sharp bends, probably using the Car Brakes twice as much as on regular flat roads such as in Norfolk.

We only use quality Unipart replacement part on our brakes servicing

Brake pads usually need changing when there is about 25% of the Car Brake Pads left on, and callipers have a system of measurements to determine how thin they are and whether or not they may need changing

We here at Pellonautocentre offer a free brake check or can carry out a brake service for £29.90. If any brake work is required, we can provide our customers with a courtesy car, or give them a lift and back.

We only use Unipart quality parts with a warranty that covers all the mainland UK.

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About Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

 

SQUEAKING BRAKES- What can cause rattling and noisy brake sounds?

SQUEAKING BRAKES

Most motorists have suffered from Squeaking brakes but what is it??

Some cars develop the SQUEAKING BRAKES problem. Thus, during normal motoring.Therefore, sometimes this is will occur when new brake pads have recently been fitted.

Squeaking brakes

Excellent new discs on this BMW cured the Squeaking brakes problem

The first thing we do at Pellon Autocentre. Is to remove all the wheels for close inspection. If the brakes have not been serviced recently we inspect each set of brakes.Hence, to look for any problems with the wear of the pads or shoes. We then check the other parts.Naturally, for incorrect fitting or for any damage that may have taken place. Sometimes the customer has had cheap ones fitted.Thus, causing dust to clog up the pads and become noisy or squeaky.

If nothing visible can be found, we would install new pads, only using the pads that are recommended for that model of car and the highest quality. Indeed because of the Squeaking Brakes Pads problem in the first instance we would use the original equipment pads from the main dealers. We at Pellon are a Unipart Service Centre and so use Unipart brake parts, and although these parts are of the highest quality, there are occasions then it is necessary to use the original equipment parts for excellent customer service this usually solves the problem especially for problem pads such as premature wear or indeed Squeaking brakes.

SQUEAKING BRAKES

If the problem persists, we may have to look at fitting pads with a higher carbon content although this is most unusual. Another issue could be the brake shims that fit between the pads and the callipers. The squeaky brakes problem can be cured by removing the shims and clean them thoroughly before giving them a coating of brake grease and then refitting them to the car; this job should be done at regular services so as not to cause future problems.

This will cure a noise often caused by the Car Brakes pads vibrating against the calliper during braking; this is usually heard by the driver as a squeak

We at Pellon consider you brakes as critical; any work carried out on the brakes should only be performed by professionals. We often find that when Disc Brakes are done by the DIY motorists things like brake squeaks often occur.

BMW brakes disc

you have any strange problems from parts provided, anywhere in the mainland Britain.

For other information and TYRE prices, please log onto www.pellonautocentre.com

 

Sleepy Drivers-DO Not Drive If You Are SLEEPY ? pull over and have a snooze-Pellon Tyres

Sleepy Drivers

Sleepy Drivers

Dont drive whilst you are sleepy warns Pellon tyres

Many of my customers at Pellon tyres complain that they can not get enough sleep. All I see all day is people yawning. Some of my customers have actually fallen asleep in our reception,

Sleepy Drivers

This road sign should be universal?

when coming in to buy tyres. This leads me to a new report out that a study shows that drivers with a lack of sleep are causing a great danger. This is to other motorists and it is  due to this lack of sleep that is causing dangerous situations for themselves and other drivers. Especially on our very busy roads.

In the USA they have a “Drowsy Drivers Prevention Week”, which is held some time in November. This helps bring out awareness about the problem. Indeed a recent survey has found that nearly all drivers that were questioned have felt like having a sleep while behind the steering wheel. Some time or another causing a serious threat to other drivers.

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I can confess to be one of them. I often have to deliver tyres during the day and often feel drowsy. I pull over if I can and take in some fresh air or have a coffee, they even advise us to try take a power nap where possible.

Once again in America it was found that one in 8 serious road crashes. This involved a drivers that fell asleep at the wheel thus causing the accident and other drivers horrific injuries. Men were found to suffer from drowsiness more than women. Whilst the other dangerous group were the under 24 year olds, many admitted dropping off to sleep at the wheel and drifting across other lanes of the road.

We at Pellon tyres in Halifax West Yorkshire

Think that it is important to get at least 7 hours sleep. If you feel drowsy pull in where possible and try to take a power nap . Try do drink some coffee or tea to get some caffeine into your system, or indeed the special caffeine tablets you can get from a chemist. Avoid driving at night and when daytime driving take 2 hour breaks when on a long journey.

Sleepy Drivers; Finally take another driver to talk to if possible, this will help break the boredom and split up your journey thus reducing the risk of sleepiness and possibly an accident.

We at Pellon tyres hope this blog is helpful advice, keep checking your tyres and you can buy online at www.pellontyres.co.uk at internet prices.

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and I am MD for online battery company www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.