Preparing For All Types Of Weather: How To Stay Safe On The Road Come Rain Or Shine

The vast majority of car accidents are caused by driver error. While the weather may not be to blame for every incident, driving in challenging conditions can elevate risks. In this guide, we’ll discuss how to prepare for all types of weather, providing tips to help you stay safe on the roads, come rain or shine. 

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General maintenance and repairs

Keeping your car in good working order is one of the best ways to minimize risks on the road. Check your vehicle before you leave the driveway, keep up to date with tests and inspections, and seek advice if you notice any unusual odors or noises. Maintaining your car will maximize safety and save you money in the long run. 

Driving in wet weather

Most of us have experienced driving in wet weather. Torrential downpours and persistent heavy showers can cause mayhem on the roads, reducing visibility and creating a slippery surface. If it is raining outside, and you’re in the car, it’s important to slow down and increase your stopping distance. Give the vehicles around you plenty of time and space. Make sure your windshield seal is intact and check your wipers regularly. Consider pulling over in a safe place if you can’t see in front of you or water levels are rising to a dangerous level. It’s best to delay your journey if there is a risk of getting stranded or skidding. 

Summer driving tips

Summer poses different challenges from winter but it’s often no less dangerous. The most common problem drivers face on hot, bright days is reduced visibility caused by the sun. The glare of the sun can make it difficult to read signs, to see signals and to determine what other vehicles are doing. If it is sunny outside, use your visor and make sure you have sunglasses with you. Keep back from other vehicles and take extra care to check blind spots when maneuvering or changing position. 

Ice and snow

Ice and snow can cause serious issues for drivers of all kinds of vehicles. Icy roads are slippery and snow can block routes, causing travel chaos. Heavy snowfall can also make it impossible to see the roads. If you are driving in winter, and the conditions are poor, check your route in advance, listen out for advice and warnings, and make sure you have supplies with you. It’s always beneficial to carry extra layers, a high-visibility vest, a torch, a first aid kit, blankets and snacks and drinks if you’re going on a long journey. Delay or cancel your trip if authorities are advising against road travel. If the surface is slippery, you will need to reduce your speed and give other cars more time and space. Keep two hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road at all times.

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The weather can make driving more difficult and dangerous during every season. Whether you’re planning a summer road trip, or you commute come rain or shine, it’s wise to take these tips on board.

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Ways To Stay Safe On Your Next Road Trip

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Every traveler  – whether before the first trip or after a negative experience – asks the question: how safe is traveling? The answer is, for the most part, very safe. However, you must take the necessary precautions in order to maintain this safety every time. 

Safety on holiday: safety rules for every holiday

In general, the following safety rules apply to every road trip

  • Leave expensive technical equipment at home.
  • Take travel documents with you in copy and store the originals as safely as possible.
  • Carry money and cheques on your person.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Do not leave your car unobserved and do not visibly store objects under the seat or in the trunk.
  • Have important addresses and emergency numbers as well as a cell phone at hand.
  • Find out about the legal regulations in the state where you will stay.

With these simple rules, you significantly prevent the risk of becoming a victim of a theft. 

Where is the best in the USA?

If you are USA based, it is best to check the camping parks available but generally when you stick to the designated areas, there is very little risk to your life or belongings. Choose a National Park that is safe and well reviewed. 

Many national parks offer several campsites, the most famous and largest of them often even have places with different comfort standards. However, one should not expect luxury when camping in the national parks of the USA. Most parks offer at least one larger space that also has running water and showers and you may find wash facilities in the visitor center. However, it is often the case that the nicer campsites within the national parks are a bit off the beaten track and are a little more primitive. The best areas for camping are often California, Colorado and Arizona. 

Safety in the motorhome

In a motorhome you can feel much safer than in a tent. However, you must still be aware of any issues that could arise. Such as a gas leak, the motorhome breaking down, running out of water and break ins to the motorhome whilst you are on a hike. It is recommended to avoid these places unattended: 

  • Freeway service areas
  • Cities
  • Unguarded parking spaces in tourist spaces
  • General tourist areas that remain busy

Often residents in smaller, local towns are very generous and will keep an eye on your motorhome. If you want to take additional safety precautions, you can use products such as alarm systems, door locks and gas detectors for the motorhome. You should also consider individual safety. You may want to buy a Survival First Aid Kit, a GPS system, mobile phone chargers, and even pepper spray.

Safety at campsites

Crime on campsites is very low, as criminals are deterred by the possibility of being seen. Usually your camping neighbors are vigilant and CCTV is found on some sites. However, you should always secure your tent and hide valuables in the car. Don’t leave anything on show. Keep treasured possessions at home. Campsites are very safety-conscious so be sure that you research this before you go. This way you can review the site and read other people’s experiences. Don’t be caught out and enjoy an adventurous trip this summer.

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3 Tips For Motorcyclists This Summer

3 Tips For Motorcyclists This Summer

Now that the nicer weather is arriving, you might be tempted to go out on your motorcycle a lot more. Perhaps you kept it in storage over the winter, and now you want to dust it down and take it out for a spin. Or maybe you only used it when you had to for necessary journeys, and with the sun shining, you like the idea of enjoying the ride rather than having to do it. Whatever the reason, if you’re intending to start using your bike more, here are some useful tips to stay safe and comfortable this summer. 

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Pay Attention To The Road 

Of course, as a motorcyclist, you’re always going to be watching the road; it’s part of your everyday routine. However, most of the time, this alertness will revolve around other road users and not necessarily around the road itself. 

The problem is that, over the winter, many potholes and other hazards could have appeared that weren’t there last summer and that you hadn’t noticed. These can be dangerous, and potholes are especially problematic for motorcyclists. Therefore, when you start going out on your bike in the summer, pay attention to the road itself, and watch out for any potholes or similar issues that could cause damage to your motorcycle or result in an accident. 

Get A New Wardrobe 

Maybe now is the time to smarten up your riding wardrobe and look for some new items to add to it. It’s so important to be safe and comfortable when riding your motorcycle, and the clothes you choose will ensure that this can happen. If the clothes you were wearing last year no longer fit or you found they weren’t that comfortable once you wore them, shop around for something new before you start riding your bike more regularly. 

There are some fantastic styles available that will suit your personality and tastes and still conform to all the safety standards you need to abide by. Just looking at urban motorcycle clothing for women will give you a great idea of what’s out there. Start your search early so you’re fully fitted out when the time comes to ride. 

Know How To Ride With Passengers 

Not everyone will like the idea of riding on a motorcycle, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never be asked to give someone a lift either because they need to get somewhere or just for fun. In the summer, with the warm wind blowing and the open roads ahead, it can be tempting for non-cyclists to want to try the bike out and see how it feels. Because of this, it’s crucial you know how to ride with a passenger on the back of your bike. If you’ve never had passengers before, you’ll need to think about the difference it can make; your balance may need to be adjusted, and you’ll have to be aware of them as you drive along. 

It’s also a good idea to have a spare helmet just in case it is needed. In this way, you can ensure any passenger you have with you is kept safe, and you won’t have to worry about them and can concentrate on driving instead. 

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Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Your Next Road Trip

Detailed planning and on-point organisation are essential for any road trip. You need to make sure you have the plan of where you want to go, all the resources that you need, and that everyone coming along knows their role on the journey. However, you should also be taking a closer look at the vehicle that you’re bringing with you, as well.

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Make sure everything is working as it should be 

Naturally, the first thing that you should do is take your car to your nearest garage to have it checked up and make sure that it’s in as good a condition as it could be. Most important is that you’re using tires with plenty of miles in them, that your engine oil is good, headlights are working, and that the electronic systems such as AC can keep you cool and comfortable. However, if there are any issues that your mechanic highlights then obviously you should get them fixed.

Is it the right vehicle for the trip?

Your vehicle might be in perfect condition but is it really the thing that you need to keep everyone comfortable and safe for a long road trip? If not, you might want to look at making a new addition. You can look at car hire, or you can simply add to your current setup with second hand caravans for sale. Having the ability to set up for the night anywhere on the road (that it’s legal to stay at) can open up your road trip, allowing you to visit a much wider range of locations and have even more new experiences.

Make sure you clean it

Before you head out, you should make sure that your vehicle is as pleasant to be in as possible. This doesn’t mean only taking it for a car wash. You should also be cleaning it thoroughly on the inside as well. You can also make sure that it’s smelling as fresh as possible by washing the upholstery and using scented car accessories. If it’s a caravan, you should make sure that any old clutter is taken out so that there’s more space for you and your fellow travellers to store all the things you need for the trip, too.

Be ready to avert catastrophe

Aside from ensuring that the vehicle itself is the right option and as ready as it needs to be, you should also anticipate that you might run out into a few problems out there. Having the number of a vehicle recovery crew is all but essential to keep you from getting stranded. However, you should also make sure that a car emergency kit is also packed away, including a tire jack, spare tire, jumper cables and the like.

The right choice of vehicle and the right choice to make sure it’s in the right shape is essential to make the absolute most out of your road trip. Keep the above tips in mind to make sure your wheels are in tip-top shape before you start spinning them.

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Maintaining A Fleet Of Vehicles: What You Need To Know

All businesses face differing problems. For all the profit made throughout the year, there are going to be periods of worry and even stress. If you maintain a fleet of vehicles, you’ll know that it comes with a serious investment in terms of cash, time, and management. Every business owner will approach this in a different way, along with how they approach working driver management. Some will have fleets of trucky, while others will focus on cars or even motorbikes. With that said, some things always stay the same.

Keep A Log Of Those Key Dates

There are often key dates when vehicles are concerned and if you have a fleet you need to keep up with them all. Some prefer to have these dates all come at once, while others will stagger then so that there’s less of an impact. MOT’s are a key annual factor if you’re running a fleet which is a few years old. This MOT guide can illustrate the process, but you also have to think about servicing, which can sometimes be bundled into the MOT. Of course, this is expensive, which is why some stagger instead of doing all the vehicles in one. Another key date to remember is tax. You don’t have the discs in the window to remind you anymore. You can log however you see fit. Paper based copy works but use google sheets and you’ll be able to access from anywhere. 

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Try To Save Money On Parts

Parts are expensive. There are some great deals to be had when working directly with part shops and companies, especially if your fleet is especially big. However, if you had the time and inclination you could do this yourself and save some money. Especially if you keep tabs on maintenance and fix as you go. Amazon is a surprisingly good place for car parts. Just make sure that they’re approved sellers and not on the gated brands list because they may not have been properly vetted. You can also save money on parts if you buy in bulk in advance. Think about it. Usually you’ll buy parts as you need them, one by one. If you buy in bulk once or twice in advance you’re saving cash. Just buy the things you know you’ll need. Wiper blades, brake pads, etc.

Ensure Driver Compliance

Your drivers need to be compliant with the laws of the land in which you operate. This is pretty easy to forget or to mess up. Perhaps someone gets banned from driving and doesn’t tell you, then gets pulled up in a company vehicle. You’re going to get trouble from the authorities for employing someone who doesn’t have the right to drive. Same with the people you employ. Vet them. Don’t just vet their driving license. Make sure that you check everything out as best you can. Don’t take anything for granted and double check everything. Also, test their skills. Sure, they may be qualified, but they may not be able to drive to your own personal standards. Worth checking before you have them sign on the dotted line.

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6 Tips for Planning a Good Family Road Trip

While the temperature is getting warmer, many of us might start to think about road trips for the family. We have been restricted at home for a long time due to the ongoing pandemic. Going out and breathing the fresh air becomes an essential part of relieving stress. However, even if you don’t have to book air tickets, you still have tons of things to take into consideration. Here are some tips you can use.

Budget wisely

Oftentimes the money is the source of stress. It is important to enjoy the precious moment with family and friends without worrying about spending too much money. In that case, we need to plan well, decide the budget and execute it accordingly. To start with, you might need to set apart the amount of money into a specific account as the travel fund. If you realize that you will need more money that you currently have, you should encourage your family to start to save for the trip. More importantly, when you start the road trip, you should remember the rules you established before.

Check routes and weathers

When you need to travel with kids or even lovely dogs, you need to take them into consideration. For example, it might not be a good idea to go camping with kids and you also don’t want to travel to extreme cold places with your little kids. Moreover, you should make sure that there are appropriate lodging facilities, convenience stores, or gas stations along the routes as kids might need more frequent breaks during the trip.

Maintain your vehicle carefully

The most important tool for a road trip is your vehicle. It is crucial to check every part of your vehicle to make sure that it is in the best condition. For example, if you have been procrastinating on quarterly maintenance, you should definitely do it. Also, if you find any worrying signs on the tires, replace them with affordable and reliable new tires. Find a good auto body shop to do a complete checkup for your vehicle and you will rest assured that it will provide the best protection for your family on the road. Some people even install a dashboard camera to record the road trip.

Pack well

While none of us want to carry a lot of luggage for a road trip, we have to make sure that we have the essentials. For example, emergency tools like bandaids, flashlights, chargers, blankets as well as snacks for kids. Also, don’t forget to bring some cash.

Book the appropriate lodging

When we are on a trip, we always want to rest well. So it is essential to look into the lodging choices on the road. You can just search on Google, and check the options that have good SEO rankings and web designs. It might help if you can read the reviews and compare the pricing and conditions thoroughly.

Secure home before leave

While it is exciting to leave for the fantastic road trip, you still need to run a checkup at home to make sure that everything is secured. For example, the entry door and windows need to be appropriately locked and it is necessary to turn off home appliances. If you find anything malfunctional,it is better to find a professional appliance repair technician to fix it before your trip to avoid possible risks while no one at home to take care of the faulty appliance.

Planning a road trip might be stressful and happy at the same time. Just take the time to discuss with family and friends and you will be all set!

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Tips for Buying Your First SUV

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If you are in the market for a new vehicle you may be considering buying an SUV. If you’ve never owned an SUV you may not know what you should be looking for when purchasing one.

They are impressive to look at but how do you choose the right one? Making the right choice is extremely important. To do this you must know as much as possible about what to look for when purchasing an SUV. Here is a look at things you must consider before making your purchase.

Manageability

If you’ve only driven cars your entire life especially small ones, it can be intimidating to drive an SUV, since they are much larger. SUVs come with a high driving position which gives you better visibility of the road.

However, while the visibility of the road is good, it can get tricky to park an SUV in tight spaces. Before buying an SUV it is best to test drive it. Don’t just drive it on the road, go to a car park and see if you can actually park it.

Consider Blind Spots

All vehicles have blind spots. However, the larger the vehicle the bigger the blind spots. This means that an SUV will definitely have a larger blind-spot because of its size. 

Many car buyers who are purchasing an SUV for the first time do not know that some SUVs have blind-spot monitors. When purchasing your first SUV it is best to buy a model with this feature.

SUVs Burn More Fuel

If fuel costs bother you then you should reconsider buying an SUV. An SUV will burn more fuel than a car. This is not to say that all SUVs will require an enormous amount of petrol. 

However, it is just a fact that on average they are more likely to burn more fuel than a car would.

The sheer size of the vehicle alone means that the engine will have to work harder, especially when the car is fully loaded and has a lot of passengers.

Check Out the Backseat Features

If you have children you want an SUV that has great rear ventilation and pockets in the back seats. This will have to keep the car tidy. Check all the compartment sizes and make sure that they are big enough for cup holders.

Make sure that there are airbags at the back of the vehicle as well. Take a look at the seats in the vehicle do they are easy to clean. Kids can get things messy especially if you allow them to eat in the car on trips.

Make Your Purchase

Buying an SUV for the first time is exciting. However, there is a lot to think about before you make your purchase. When you know what to expect you will not be blindsided when you finally drive the vehicle out of the dealership.

It may be a learning curve for you, but with time and patience you would learn to manage your new ride.

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Should You Do Your Own Car Repairs?

Thinking of fixing your car yourself? Before you pick up that wrench, it could be worth asking yourself some of these following questions first to make sure that it’s the right decision.

Do you have the technical knowledge?

Some car repairs don’t require too much technical know-how. This includes replacing windscreen wipers, changing tyres and even replacing brake pads. 

Other tasks may require a bit of mechanical understanding. While you may be able to teach yourself what to do using how-to blog posts and video tutorials, there’s only so much knowledge that you can cram in. It’s important to know when something is beyond your expertise – especially if it could be very expensive or dangerous if you get it wrong. 

What does the law say?

It’s not illegal to repair your car. However, there are certain repairs that could be deemed illegal if they’re not done to certain specs. Repairs that are also modifications may have to be done to roadworthy legal requirements. This is often why you need an expert for window tinting. Certain parts bought from abroad may also not be legal such as tires that don’t meet tread standards – so you should be careful as to where you buy parts.  

Fixing your car may also be illegal if you don’t technically own it. If it’s leased or even on finance, there may be small print in a contract that says you must seek out professional repairs. This is worth looking into before you get stuck in. 

Do you have the right tools?

Repairing your own car could save you money – but only if you have the right tools. If you have to buy specialist tools, you could end up spending a lot more than were you to use a mechanic that already has the right tools. 

Hiring tools may be an option in some cases. This could allow you to save costs without necessarily owning the right tools. 

Will it affect your insurance coverage? 

Most car insurers allow you to do your own repairs. You must however notify your insurer about any damage following an accident before making repairs. You don’t have to file a claim, however you must notify insurers if you don’t want to run the risk of making your insurance void. When it comes to fixing general wear and tear, notifying insurers is usually not necessary. 

Do you have the time and motivation?

Many people don’t have the time of motivation to fix their own car. If you’re this type of person, going to a mechanic can be a lot less hassle and is probably better for your sanity.

For others, fixing a car can be a hobby that is rewarding. If you belong to this group of people, then doing your own repairs could be worth it. If you have a passion for DIY, you’re less likely to cut corners. This is important as cutting corners could lead to mistakes or future problems.

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My Top Six Car Maintenance Tips

Vehicle maintenance is paramount to extend the life of my car. It also ensures that my vehicle doesn’t breakdown when I’m heading to work or in a remote area miles away from home. For proper car maintenance, I have these six tips up my sleeve, and they have enabled me to maintain my vehicle’s high quality for years. Just remember to keep in contact with your mechanic of choice too, whether that be enginecarbondetox.co.uk or any other expert out there.

1. Inspect My Car Often

Regular inspections help me ensure my car is in great condition at all times. Here’s what I do. Every week, I move around my vehicle to check if there is any body damage. I confirm that the tires don’t have any punctures or cuts. Additionally, I examine the windows, locks, and sunroof. If there’s an issue, I contact a trustworthy and budget-friendly technician to fix it.

2. Ensure the Engine is Functional

I maintain my car’s engine because I know the vehicle would not function properly without it. The first thing I do is to clean the engine’s exterior and interior. Then, I change the engine oil often to lubricate the moving parts and minimize wear and tear. I also clean the air filter or change it if it’s too old. This increases airflow and helps the engine to breathe. Other activities I prioritize to guarantee my car engine’s perfect condition are:

Check the belts

Exchange the fuel filter after a while

Consult a technician when the check engine light comes on

Ensure the PCV valve is okay

3. Protect My Vehicle’s Interior

The interior of my car is just as important as the exterior. Hence, I take several measures to ensure the former looks good at all times. One of them is covering most of the surfaces using seat covers and floor mats. I have declared my vehicle a no-drink and no-food zone. In addition to that, I vacuum the automobile frequently. To see to it that my leather seats don’t dry up or become discolored, I

gently wipe them with some oil after every fortnight.

Also, I noticed that grime accumulates incredibly fast on the glass and windshield. So, I purchased a quality glass cleaner to remove it. If I don’t have my favorite cleaner, I don’t mind using a microfiber cloth.

4. Check Fluids

I inspect my car’s fluids regularly. These include the engine oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, and transmission fluid. My fluid inspections enable me to know if there are any leaks and prevent them because they can affect how I drive my vehicle. I always recommend that people who do not know how to differentiate the fluids by their colors seek an experienced technician’s help. It’s always great to know how your car operates.

5. Drive Carefully

This tip is on my list of effective car maintenance strategies because it counts. What I do to take care of my vehicle doesn’t matter if I’m a reckless driver. So, I avoid habits such as quick braking, hard shifting, and riding over bumps at incredibly high speeds to reduce wear and tear. This also minimizes my fuel expenses.

On top of that, I’m focused when I’m on the road. I don’t drive while drunk, and I keep my smartphone away. It enables me to observe all traffic laws, know the condition of the road I’m on and what’s happening around me. It helps me prevent accidents and get home safely, with my car in good condition.

6. See an Expert

Apart from doing the activities mentioned above to maintain my fancy vehicle, I also take it to a professional after some months. It doesn’t even need to have a noticeable problem for me to do so. I understand that I might miss some issues since I don’t know everything about cars.

The technician checks all the components of the vehicle and confirms that they are functioning well. If there is a problem I didn’t know about, they tell me how we can solve it within the shortest time possible.

These tips have enabled me to spend less on both fuel and car repair. With them, I’ve managed to save up for other things since my car is in excellent condition and I don’t need another one. Undoubtedly, car maintenance is vital.

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4 Tips For New Teen Drivers

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As a new drive on the road, you may be very excited about your newfound freedom and independence. However, driving and operating a vehicle also comes with a lot of responsibility.

It’s in your best interest to focus on safety and getting to your destination without any issues. There are a few tips you can follow that will help ensure a positive experience on the road so you can continue to get around by yourself without any setbacks or incidents. You’ll have a much better time out on the road and your parents will trust you more when you act sensibly.

1. Slow Down

One tip for new teen drivers is to slow down and not race around to where you’re going. You may want to use the cruise control function on your car if you tend to speed. Leave plenty of time to get to your final destination and avoid speeding. You may not only get a costly speeding ticket but also might cause an accident if you ignore the signs and rules of the road. There’s a reason you go through a written and driving test so remember what you learned once you’re out driving.

2. Be Prepared

Another tip for new teen drivers is to always be prepared and anticipate anything that could go wrong. Bring a map or GPS with you and have your phone fully charged. Keep a blanket and flashlight in the car and know who to call if you get stuck. You’ll want to contact a towing company such as https://sg3towingandrecovery.com/ if you get into a fender bender or require a jump start. It’s also wise to call the police and make a report if you get into an accident so the event is documented.  

3. Take Good Care of Your Vehicle

You’ll be a lot safer out on the road when your vehicle is in good shape and condition. As the driver or owner of the car, it’s your responsibility to ensure that it’s safe to drive. Be sure to take it in for routine maintenance and take care of any repairs or fixes that it requires right away. It’s in your best interest to save up your money in advance so you have it ready to use if you run into any issues with your vehicle. Remember to take it in for regular oil changes and to check that your tires are in good condition.

4. Focus on Driving

It’s easy to get distracted when you’re on your phone or not paying attention to what you’re doing. It’s essential that if you want to stay safe on the road that you focus on driving and put all your effort and energy into doing a good job. Put your phone away and text or call someone once you’re stopped and aren’t driving on the road. Also, make sure your music is at a reasonable level so you can hear your surroundings and react if necessary. Avoid distractions and tailgating other cars and you’ll likely have a rewarding and safe experience driving to your destination.

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