Category Archives: Driving

Is Something Wrong with your Brakes?

Your brakes are one of the most important parts of your car. They are what prevent you from having an accident, enabling you to stop when you need to. If there is something wrong with them, it is inadvisable to drive until the problem is sorted.

Here are some things that may be wrong with your brakes:

  • Old brake pads. Some brake pads will last for 60,00 miles and others will need to be replaced after only 25,000 miles. It just depends on your vehicle. Listen out for squeaking, crunching noises when braking.
  • Not enough fluid. If you hear crunching, your brakes may not have enough lubrication, causing scraping and friction. Book your car in for a service to check this out.
  • Rotor issues. Look out for vibrations or shaking in the steering wheel when you apply the brakes. This could indicate problems with the rotors, discs that are inside the wheels.

Keeping Track of a Large Company Fleet

Fleet management is no easy task and it will often fall to one person in an organisation to take it over. This is one of the most productive ways of working, as they will know the vehicles inside out and can keep proper records. Here are some ideas to make fleet management easier for all:

  • Install telematics boxes in vehicles. This will help you to keep records of how they are being driven and what their mileage is.
  • Run analyses to find out how to cut costs. Fleet management software comes with various analytical tools. Use these as much as you can to establish new ways of managing vehicles.
  • Give staff a handbook. One of the most difficult aspects of fleet management is communication. If staff members with cars know what they are doing, the life of a fleet manager will be much easier.

Above all else, be organised and keep meticulous records. You never know when you might need them.

Parallel Parking

Parallel parking can be scary but you may really struggle to park anywhere if you’re unable to parallel park because it’s a common way of parking on busy streets.

The first way to practice parallel waking is in an empty spot, but this we mean a parking space that’s not enclosed by two vehicles at either side, and by practicing parallel parking with no car behind you, you’re able to perfect your technique.

Get a good idea of the dimensions of your car before you start parallel parking, and try to create your own system for success. One way it to line your back up with the car you want to slot in behind then turn the wheel slightly so you create an inward angel, and turn the wheel full lock when you’re nose will not touch the car in front, you then start to take the lock off when you’re close to the curb and full lock the other way before straightening up.

How to Handle a Tyre Blowout Whilst Driving

Luckily, a tyre blowout is a relatively infrequent occurrence. Car and tyre technologies are improving all the time, resulting in better safety and durability. However, if a tyre does burst while you’re driving, there are some safety steps which you can follow to ensure the damage is minimal.

  1. Don’t slam on the brakes. This will be your initial instinct, but it’s important that you don’t follow it because braking hard will make the vehicle swerve and you’re much more likely to lose control.
  2. Release the accelerator slowly. You don’t want to be making any sudden moves which might spin the car out of control. If you feel like the car is being dragged to one side, you can actually accelerate a little more initially to ‘drive through’ the force.
  3. Steer slowly and carefully. Don’t try to turn off the road suddenly – you can easily lose control doing this.
  4. Most importantly, stay as calm as possible. It’s a scary situation, but if you react with panic and try to do anything too quickly, the car is likely to veer off track. Look well ahead, think about where you ultimately want to direct the car to, and make your way there by letting the car slow down naturally and using steady steering.

Driving a Car the ‘Green Way’

Many drivers are going green, buying electric or hybrid vehicles, but even if you have an inefficient petrol or diesel car, you can reduce the amount of pollution coming out of your exhaust.

First things first, you’ll need to change your driving style. Go easy on the gas pedal, don’t brake too much and always try to keep the car rolling, rather than stop and start driving. Next up, make sure your car is in tune. Check tyre pressure to make sure it’s correct, check water and oil levels to keep you engine in tip top condition and make sure there are no leaks.

You can also ‘go green’ by driving less often. This one requires more commitment, but if you bike to work, or walk to your nearest train or bus station, you’ll be helping the environment. There’s no doubt that the best way to go green is by driving less, unless of course you have an electric car.