Ensure Your Child’s Safety When Driving This Winter.

When driving, it’s a big responsibility transporting any passengers, and extra care and preparation is needed when younger children are in the car.

Are you really driving as safely as you can?

Keeping Your Car in Tip Top Condition

You need to make sure your care is road worthy, that tyres are in good condition, oil and water and screen wash is kept topped up, and that you have a battery charger for those cold winter days when it just won’t start. For the best equipment for your car, you can look at Best Buy Auto Equipment  who can also be a stockist for car parts if you find your car suffering from problems with the engine, clutch etc. Here you can find out the answers to questions such as how much does it cost for a car lift? and can get the best price for equipment.

Distractions

Even taking your eyes off the road for a few seconds can be extremely hazardous. In a few seconds you’ll have travelled several yards, and in that time the situation in front of you can change rapidly.

Are you prone to, say, looking at the radio or heating controls instead of the road? Do you tend to look back to address people in the back seat? Try to curb these tendencies. You owe it to your passengers to maintain focus.

Preparation

Ensure you know the laws regarding child seats. Make sure young children are properly seated and secure. If you’re using child seats, are they still up to the job? Can you fix them securely?

Have you remembered to switch off the airbag if your child is seated in the front? Indeed, can you switch off the airbag in your model of car? If not, be careful of what size child sits in the front as an airbag going off could injure rather than protect them.

Why not re-acquaint yourself with the rules of the road? Your knowledge may be outdated, so check the Highway Code and try some of the questions asked in example driving theory tests.

Check that you have the correct car seat.

Check that you have the correct car seat.

Tiredness and being alert

Do you drive when tired or fatigued? If so, be aware that reduced reactions can have dire consequences. It’s important to take breaks or not even drive in the first place if you think you’re not 100% alert.

Using phones and other equipment

While against the law, do you still use your mobile hand-held while driving? As in ‘distractions’ above anything that takes some or all of your attention off the road is highly dangerous to you and your young passengers.

Use a hands-free Bluetooth device if your car doesn’t have it built in. Even then, protracted and in depth phone conversations on the move are not advisable.

The same applies to adjusting music devices such as iPods or stereos.

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Margins for error

While modern cars have many safety features designed to reduce the likelihood of accidents, don’t become complacent. For example, in wet conditions slow down rather than rely on your car’s anti-skid features such as stability control and anti lock brakes to get you out of trouble.

Safety equipment is there to help as a ‘back up’ but it can’t compensate for irresponsible driving.

Using sat nav

While sat navs make a big difference to finding the way in unfamiliar territory, be aware of your actions while following directions. When you’re told to turn or change lanes, don’t forget to take the usual precautions such as checking the mirror and indicating properly.

Set Sat Nav before you start driving, or stop to reset it.

Set Sat Nav before you start driving, or stop to reset it.

Safety first

Driving yourself and young family members about is a major responsibility, and there’s much you can do to be safe. A lot is common sense, but preparation and keeping your focus on the driving plays a major part. While you must focus on seats etc, remember that the vast majority of the things you can do to ensure your child’s safety involves your own performance as a safe, responsible driver.

 

Successful Ways To Cut Down Your Car Budget

What are the biggest expenses in your life? For most people I would say that their list would be their kids, their home and their car. Each is an ongoing expense that seems to need constant investment (especially children as I’m currently trying to fund Christmas, a birthday and a school residential at the same time.). The good news is that, at least when it comes to your car, you can successfully cut down your budget in order to make life just that little bit easier,

KAP Motors, who are based in the beautiful seaside town of Brighton,  have recently planned an informative campaign regarding ‘6 Ways to Cut Down on Your Car Budget’ and I thought I would add a few of my own thoughts that may just help you to save money.

Buy Second Hand

If you are planning to get a new car in the New Year, you may just want to consider buying a car second hand. The one thing that is true about buying a brand new car is that it starts to lose value the minute you drive it off the showroom forecourt.

Instead of setting yourself up to pay a huge expense with finance you might be better to check out used car showrooms for good deals with low mileage and one careful past owner. Set yourself a realistic budget that you can afford, and find out what you can get in part exchange for your old car.

Don’t Forget Your Service

It is pretty unbelievable the amount of people who skip the service and then end up paying far more in repairs for bigger problems that would’ve been picked up if they had allowed their car a pamper. Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value, and this is silly when issues could’ve been stopped in their tracks. Regular services at a reputable motor group like  KAP Motors Brighton can ensure your car runs smoothly for a long time.

Fuel Savings

One of the biggest recurring expenses when it comes to your car is fuel. You car can’t move without it, but there are ways you can make it go a little bit further. Stick to speed limits, make sure your tyres are pumped up, and avoid using the air conditioner unless you actually really need it (and then maybe just open the window), all these things can stop the drain on your diesel.

 

 

Safer Driving this Winter

 

Last year saw some of the most treacherous driving conditions that drivers have had to face for years. Sub Zero temperatures and deep. relentless snow made driving hazardous, with poor visibility and excess amounts of snow, and then sludge on the roads eventually forcing a standstill. The snow was definitely something best enjoyed watching from a window with a mug of hot chocolate but many still had to venture out for work, particularly those who worked for the emergency services.

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With Winter now just around the corner, the one thing that can be guaranteed, unfortunately, is that there will be more accidents on the roads. Sleet, ice, snow and wind and fog all make conditions difficult, and call for extra care on behalf of drivers.Before Winter is upon us, now is the time to make sure that your vehicle is Winter ready. It is not worth leaving anything to chance when it comes to your car.

  • Extend your Warranty. It is a true fact that any underlying mechanical issues in your vehicle can escalate as temperatures plummet. This makes extending your warranty on your car a good idea. You need to check with your dealership, but many makers do offer this, for instance Audi offers an extended Audi warranty on their cars.
  • Get your car checked over.  Some brands, like Volkswagen, offer this for free. This includes checking the lights, wiper blades, brakes, battery condition and windscreen washers, all of which can suffer in the winter cold and render you stranded. You can check out garages and your own dealership to see if they are offering their own checks and tests.
  • Check those tyres too. The legal tread limit is less effective at removing water, so you may need to change your tyres before you actually reach the legal limit. If you need to replace your tyres, you can buy tyres online with just a few clicks
  • Leave a bigger gap between your car and the one in front, your stopping distance will increase in poor weather conditions.
  • When it does snow – re-route. Avoid country lanes, roads that haven’t been gritted, roads that are little used if at all possible. Your journey may take longer, but it will be safer.

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When you are making journeys, especially longer ones at Christmas, be prepared. Have drinks, mobile phone charger, a torch, blankets and food, just in case you hit a traffic jam or have any other problems.

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Be safe this year rather than sorry.