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Safety features while drive a car

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Never drink alcoholic beverages before driving. This is the main frequent cause of serious accidents. If you drink, use a non-drinking designated driver, or a call taxi.

Check your car over mechanically, with headlights, brake, and taillights, and the brakes or have this done by a proficient mechanic.

Turn on your lights at any time visibility is low, such as at dusk, while raining, in tunnels, and similar.

Mentally get ready for driving because If you are diverted, upset, or unusually tired and sleepy, do not drive.

Follow traffic rules, lights and signs, but use your judgment too. Don’t undertake to beat red lights. When you try to dash a red light, there are many critical hazards.

Use turn signals to indicate where and when you’re going to turn. Other drivers must to know this. It’s one of the common good manners.

Trucks are a particular hazard. Give them extra space. They cannot see other vehicles as well as you can in a car.

Blow the horn only when it’s needed to avoid an accident. Otherwise it is one of the bad-mannered; it is adds to noise pollution.

Don’t turn your vision. Avoid decals, dangling objects from the rear-view mirror, & similar.

For safe driving use your mirrors. Excellent safe driving includes not only a great awareness of what is leading of you, but what is after you, what is next to you.

How to keep ur Car in an residence Lot

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Car Theft is big business. In the US, a car is stolen every 28.8 seconds. Last year, over 1 million vehicles were stolen across the nation. Car theft risk is primarily depended by where you park your car, with theft occurring frequently in places where lots of cars are parked for extended period of times. High-risk places contain colleges, shopping centers, movie theaters, sports events, and, unfortunately for apartment dwellers, huge apartment complexes. Residence complexes have large groups of cars that are typically left unattended for hours at a time, which makes a residence complex parking lot an absolute supermarket for car thieves

How to reduce ur Vehicle’s Theft Risk

Stop criminals from stealing your car while it is parked in your residence complex by the following:
Get a residence in a gated community. If you are moving soon, try to find a residence complex with a security gate. Car theft is less general if the thieves contain to go to great lengths to get into the complex.
Pay for a garage, if one is available. Some residence complexes give enclosed garages for an extra fee each month. For renters who live in areas with high auto theft rates, the tiny extra cost might be worthwhile.
• If you have the choice, park in high-traffic, well-lit portions of the lot. Ideally, you wish for a parking place where cars and people regularly pass by and that is well-lit. Avoid parking in distant corners of the lot where your car is not observable from most apartments.
• Stamped your VIN on your vehicle’s parts. Having your vehicle identification number stamped on your doors, windows, fenders, and other main parts of your car will create it nearly impossible for thieves to sell your car for its parts.
Put a locking tool on the steering column or wheel. Yes, anti-theft devices that catch the steering wheel, such as The Club, are not impervious to the efforts of thieves, but they are a restriction. Thieves may be able to break a locking device, but it takes more time and tools to do so, which may be sufficient to inspire the thief to pass over your car.
Purchase an Onstar or LoJack system. These devices allow your car to be tracked in the incident it is stolen. LoJack is a stolen vehicle revival system that uses a tiny radio frequency transmitter that can be hidden in any of 20 spaces on your car. Once your car is reported stolen to the police, the transceiver is activated, emitting an impossible to hear signal. Lots of law enforcement vehicles and helicopters are prepared with computers with LoJack tracking ability, so the police can find LoJack signals in order to track and locate your car.

Divide your Carbon dioxide emissions by using Green Cars instead of black cabs

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Cab companies are ten-a-penny. Being responsible for choosing between them is fraught with issues.

Passenger time is precious, requiring a reliable service and quick pick up times. The government is breathing down your neck for carbon emissions savings of 15%. Security is always an issue so confidentiality needs to be maintained. Last but not least there is the cost of the service.

All this in a climate where you are being asked to deliver efficiencies within current expenditure.

How do we know all this?

  • Because we continually ask our customers what service they require.
  • Because we are part of government.

Green Cars

We have been providing car services to government and the wider public sector for more than 60 years. As such, we know government inside out, appreciate how it works, what it demands and we deliver our services accordingly.

Green Cars is the largest green taxi fleet using hybrid technology in London. Use Green Cars and travel with a cleaner conscience.

Benefits

Quick and punctual pick-ups

Because we provide Green Cars solely to the public sector we have cars situated where they are needed which means you can have your car within 10 minutes of booking it. No more standing in the rain on a hope and a prayer

Carbon neutral service

If you need to get from A to B and public transport is not an option use Green Cars and save at least 55% of the carbon emissions compared to a black cab. What’s more, we will offset the rest via the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund.Green. Not black.

A highly secure service

All our uniformed drivers are security cleared by government to at least Counter Terrorism Check level. Not only are our customers driven by trained, law-abiding and trustworthy individuals but also discretion is assured. Our lips are sealed.

Cost-effective service with no hidden extras

Green Cars is not required to make a profit so the service remains competitive with the private sector. We don’t charge administration fees, booking fees, congestion charge fees or meet and greet charges at airports and stations. Value for money assured.

Enhanced communication

Although your booked car is never far away we will text or call you or the passenger when the car is ready, giving the driver’s name and car registration. In the unlikely event of a delay we will inform you of the car’s estimated time of arrival.

Keep your vehicle safe

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Since 1997, vehicle crime has fallen dramatically, but more   than a million vehicles are still broken into, damaged or stolen every year.   There’s a lot you can do to ensure that your car isn’t one of them.

Some of the advice may sound obvious, but it could make all the difference if   you follow it consistently. Read our top ten tips to find out more.

1. Don’t leave items on display

Never leave anything on display when you leave your vehicle. Even an old coat  or a plastic bag can tempt a thief.

2. Use immobilisers

Electronic engine immobilisers prevent your vehicle from starting and are the  best way to stop thieves. You should only buy security devices or services that  are approved by either Thatcham (the Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre   0870 550 2006, Thatcham)

They should be professionally fitted – either by your car dealer or by an installer   approved by the Vehicle Systems Installation Board.

3. Park safely

When parking at home, always use your garage if you have one, and lock both   your vehicle and your garage. If you don’t have a garage, try to park in a well-lit ,   open place.

4. Use Park Mark car parks

When parking outside, always try and park your car in an attended car park.   Try to look for a public car park which is part of the police approved Safer   Parking scheme (new window) and displays the Park Mark brand.

5. Buy a steering wheel lock

Use a steering wheel lock every time you leave your vehicle.

6.  Get an alarm fitted

Alarms can deter thieves not only from stealing your vehicle, but also from   taking items from it. You can get more information about alarms, immobilisers and other security devices by phoning the Vehicle Security National Helpline   on 0870 5502006 or the Sold Secure Helpline on 01327 264687.

7. Secure your wheels

Locking wheel nuts are cheap, easy to fit and stop thieves from taking your   wheels.

8. Etch your vehicle identification number onto   surfaces

Have your vehicle registration number or the last seven digitsof your Vehicle   Identification Number (VIN) etched onto all windows, both windscreens and your   headlamps.

9. Mark your equipment

Mark all your equipment, like your car stereo, with your vehicle registration   number.

10. Check before buying a used vehicle

Before buying, check whether the car you are interested in has been reported   stolen, seriously damaged or is still subject to finance.

It is up to you to make sure the vehicle you want isn’t stolen, if you do end
up buying a stolen vehicle you could:

  • lose all your money
  • lose the vehicle
  • inherit whatever problems the vehicle had (unpaid tickets, penalties etc).
  • risk police interest in your actions

So don’t take the chance, check it out first!

If you have any suspicions, notify the police immediately.

Secrets to Keep Your Vehicle Looking like a New One

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

People are very much elated to hear words of praise for the look of their cars. They will be terribly deflated when any adverse remark is spelt out by others about the car’s upkeep & maintenance. This is a global emotion. Not only the aesthetic sense of beauty that dominates such opinions, but the resale value of the car too counts a lot. If the car is maintained neat & tidy, sleek & stylish, the monetary equivalent of the car also shoots up. But, generally cars are not maintained in proper fashion, in spite of utmost care & concentration. Scratches & stains, bird droppings, tar from roads, dust from construction, sun damage, acid rain, children’s pranks, neighbor’s attitudes – there are many factors which spoil the look of the car. The following tips & hints will be very much useful in keeping your car intact. Bird droppings & tar spots cannot be easily removed from the paint & chrome of the car. Bird droppings are acidic & require different efforts. Soap & water will remove most bird droppings. A wet, bunched-up paper towel, if placed on the stain for a few minutes will wipe away the stain. Under normal conditions, paint will come off on older cars if it is scratched. A special spray can remove tar stains.

Car Dealership Secrets

Sun damage will decrease the shine of the car’s paint. A car polish can be used to avoid this. In tough cases, bad oxidation, rubbing compound can also be used. Car polish & rubbing compound are available in liquid form or paste form. They can be applied on the spot in circular fashion. After sometime, it is buffed off with a clean towel. Wash your car first thoroughly. Special car cleaning solutions are available in the market. Later, a particular car wax or car polish can be employed. Synthetic car polishes will have durable effects. Wax is more preferable.

Applications of two coats of car polish & later two coats of a carnauba wax will create wonders & your car will have a showroom shine. Nicks & dings together spoil the show. They happen in the parking lots. Body shops demand $300 to $500 just to set right a ding or nick. A dent removal expert will serve the purpose. Dent wizard is the best & the cheapest one. The expense will be barely $30 or maximum $90. To set right a nick, a touch up paint and a tooth pick can be used. A small container of touch up paint will cost only $10. Brush has to be avoided. A toothpick is the most suitable instrument to fix a nick.

Headlight restoration & cleaning deserve much importance. Institute for Highway Safety emphasizes that more than 80% of the vehicles on the road have inefficient, worn-out, cloudy & improperly-aimed headlights which are responsible for most of the highway accidents. You run a risk if you drive with opaque lenses without sufficient light output. Your vision gets reduced. Other cars coming in the opposite direction cannot see you with dim lights.

Headlight restoration & cleaning kit available in the market, made by mdwholesale.com is a powerful one. This has proven effective. The expenses will be very much minimal. Your night time drive will be safe with this kit.

These are the ultimates in car maintenance to ensure style, looks, safety, and performance & more so with less expenditure. Now, the door is kept open for you with all these useful tips.

Choosing the Right Repair Shop for Your Vehicle

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

No matter what you drive – SUV, sports car, family sedan, pick-up, or mini-van, when you go in for repairs or service, you want the job done right. The following advice should take much of the guesswork out of finding a good repair establishment.

I.Preliminaries
Don’t just drop your vehicle off at the nearest establishment and hope for the best. That’s not choosing a shop, that’s merely gambling.

  • Read your owner’s manual to become familiar with your vehicle and follow the manufacturer’s suggested service schedules.
  • Start shopping for a repair facility before you need one; you can make better decisions when you are not rushed or in a panic.
  • Ask friends and associates for their recommendations. Even in this high-tech era, old-fashioned word-of-mouth reputation is still valuable.
  • Check with your local consumer organization regarding the reputation of the shop
  • If possible, arrange for alternate transportation in advance so you will not feel forced to choose a facility solely on the basis of location

Once you choose a repair shop, start off with a minor job; if you are pleased, trust them with more complicated repairs later.
II. At the Shop

  • Look for a neat, well-organized facility, with vehicles in the parking lot equal in value to your own and modern equipment in the service bays.
  • Professionally run establishments will have a courteous, helpful staff. The service writer should be willing to answer all of your questions.
  • Feel free to ask for the names of a few customers. Call them.
  • All policies (labor rates, diagnostic fees, guarantees, methods of payment, etc.) should be posted and/or explained to your satisfaction.
  • Ask if the shop customarily handles your vehicle make and model. Some facilities specialize.
  • Ask if the shop usually does your type of repair, especially if you need major work.
  • Look for signs of professionalism in the customer service area: civic and community service awards, membership in the Better Business Bureau, AAA-Approved Auto Repair status, Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition Program status, customer service awards.


The backbone of any shop is the competence of the technicians

  • Look for evidence of qualified technicians by trade school diplomas, certificates of advanced course work, and ASE certifications – a national standard of technician competence.

III. Follow-Up

  • Keep good records; keep all paperwork.
  • Reward good service with repeat business. It is mutually beneficial to you and the shop owner to establish a relationship.
  • If the service was not all you expected, don’t rush to another shop. Discuss the problem with the service manager or owner. Give the business a chance to resolve the problem. Reputable shops value customer feedback and will make a sincere effort to keep your business.