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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.

Selling a car is not easy. There are lots of things you will need to remember to do and it’s not always best to know how you should sell on the vehicle. Here are some of the things to think about when selling on a vehicle:

  • Consider selling it privately. If the money is important to you, this is going to be the most lucrative option. Advertise the car in various places, like on websites and in the local paper. Be careful, as some places will charge you to advertise.
  • Make sure your car is in good condition. Don’t lie about any problems with it, or you could get found out and the situation could become a whole lot more complicated.
  • Think about selling through a dealership. This is the way in which you can protect yourself the most. Once you have sold the vehicle, the dealership assumes full responsibility for it.

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.

Winter tyres are a good option if you want to stay safe in wintery conditions. They have extra grip and will withstand more difficult driving conditions. However, it can be difficult to know what to do with the tyres in winter. Here are some of the options:

  • Leave them on. You may just want to use winter tyres all year round. They are going to wear out more quickly but it is an option if you don’t want the hassle of swapping them over every year.
  • Keep them in storage. If you use the same garage to fit them for you every year, they may be able to keep them in storage for you. Be careful about costs thought, as they may want to fit new tyres each time.
  • Fit and store them yourself. If you can fit a tyre, it’s the easiest option. Store them in a shed or garage.

Many people will carry a spare tyre with them when they are driving. We are all taught the importance of this when we are learning to drive. However, how often do we check the quality of the spare tyre? Is it actually usable should we have an emergency and need to fit the tyre to the car?

If a spare tyre is brand new, just cast an eye over it to make sure it all looks as it should. Make sure there are no chunks or rubber missing from the tyre or any other obvious defects. If the tyre is not new, you may want to try it out on a vehicle to make sure it is functional. You should be satisfied that you are happy to use it should you need to. When renting a car, make sure it comes with a spare tyre and look the tyre over before you leave with the car.

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