Equip Your Car With The Right Equipment

Making sure that you have the correct equipment whilst driving is very important, it doesn’t matter whether you are travelling a long or short distance, being unprepared for a situation can mean either inconvenience and danger or both. Many motoring suppliers offer differing kits and packs that combine large selections of objects that can come in very handy.

With kits available with everything from emergency equipment through to breakdown and touring collections you can be sure that there will be something that you can buy that will come to good use in your car or van. These types of kits can be invaluable in case of emergency and you may never need to touch one, but having it within easy reach is a very good idea.

European travel kits

When travelling abroad you may find yourself in a country that has differing driver rules to your own country. These could be anything from age requirements, practical procedures and some countries also require you to carry certain documentation. Equipment provided within these kits include, magnetic ‘GB’ plates and Hazard warning stands

Emergency breakdown Kit

Ensuring you have the correct equipment should your car or van breakdown, this can not only help with safety issues but also can help your stress levels in the event. Breakdown kits have everything from high visibility clothing through to tow ropes and warning signs.

First Aid Kit

Every car should have a first aid kit; these types’ kits contain a great deal of items such as bandages, information sheets, emergency blanket and would dressings.

If you are looking for new Ford cars for sale then why not take a visit to the Ford Dealers Foray Motor Group.

Driving in a winter wonderland

As it is fast approaching the festive period, most people are wishing for a white Christmas. There are of course quite a lot of people who are not. Many of those people are the kind that make regular trips in their cars and are often unprepared when it comes to driving in the winter conditions and are severely affected should it snow.

When you have had enough of mince pies and Christmas carols and decide to take a drive in your car to get away from relatives you gladly only see once a year there are a few tips to help you.

Firstly make sure you get to your car at least 10 minutes before you set off, give yourself plenty of time to make sure your car is safe and ready to drive. Should you find your lock frozen use a cigarette lighter to slowly heat your key, don’t breathe on the lock in the hope of defrosting it. This will only end up making it worse by freezing and condensing the moisture inside. Try to keep items in your car that might come in handy in case of emergency in the snow such as blankets, rugs, ropes and warm coats.

If it is icy and snowy then you know the feeling when you get into your car and are greeted by a sheet of ice across the windscreen. Many people will drive away with only a small square of glass defrosted giving them the visibility of a tank driver. With a decent de-icer and Ice scraper it can take next to no time to clear the windows.

Following these tips will get you out of your drive but sadly with everything shut over the Christmas period there aren’t a lot of places to go. Many people find that their cars are unreliable in the winter and decide to take a stroll to their local Ford dealership Taunton and look at adding a Ford Ka Taunton to their Christmas lists!

Checking your car before a long journey

For some people taking a long journey is a regular occurrence, many others are not so used to travelling for long periods and in turn are unsure exactly what to check and prepare before they set off. When we say things to check before a journey we certainly don’t mean what sandwiches or flasks we are bringing or if the kids have enough toys to keep them entertained.

These road trips can include anything from business meetings to family holidays and a breakdown or problem whilst journeying can easily turn a pleasant journey into an uncomfortable and time consuming experience.

One of the most important tips before taking a long journey is to make sure anything that needs to be repaired or maintained with your car is sorted out in advance so you don’t get any surprises whilst driving.

Checking your tyres is a very important step before taking a journey; start with checking your tyre pressures as this could lead to a blowout whilst driving at high speeds. Whilst examining your tyre pressure it is a good idea to check your tyres threads, should your vehicle not have been serviced for a long period then much of these steps can be carried out by a reputed auto specialist from a variety of different sources such as a Ford dealership.

Another tip when taking a long journey is to make sure that you have all of the documents you may need in an emergency such as your owners manual, insurance documents and car breakdown details.

You will of course have more peace of mind should you have a newer car and with so many great deals on New Ford Cars for Sale there has never been a better time to invest.

Flood Advice this Winter

It seems inevitable that we will be faced with floods again this year, especially if the last few years are anything to go by, but even if we are not, we are still hit with flash flooding and so here is a bit of advice for when you’re driving in your Used Ford Cars to deal with such an event.

It may seem obvious but only drive down flooded roads if you really have to and only if you know the depth of the flood. It only takes an egg cup full of water to get into your cars air intake and ruin the engine. Diesel cars and turbo charged cars seem more susceptible to this kind of damage so bear that in mind too. Engine damage caused by water can be extremely costly if not catastrophic and often aren’t covered in your insurance so allows check your insurance documents before winter arrives.
Whilst going through the flood, drive slowly and be careful not to create a wave either side as you drive. This raises the water and will make it more likely that your engine will get flooded. If you find another car driving towards you and creating a wave then stop and turn your engine off. Once it has passed and the water has levelled you can start the engine and move forward again.

It goes without saying that if you can’t tell how deep the water is and it is getting deeper the further you drive into the flood then back up and try and find an alternative route. Always stay tuned in so you hear where any floods may have occurred whilst you are driving and if you are in an area that is prone to flooding try and park on higher ground to avoid your car sitting in floods. The damage caused could mean the end of your car so if the floods can be avoided then ensure you do

The Importance of Tyres

The tyres on your car are one of the most important factors to keep you safe on the road, maintain good handling and keep your fuel economy in check. But despite all this three quarters of British motorists have under inflated tyres and underinflated tyres cost British motorists more than £2 billion a year. A whooping 90% of British motorists don’t know their own vehicles correct tyre inflation pressure and around 12% have at least one defective tyre.

So, even with New Ford Cars the least you can do is check your tyre pressure once a week. After all, correct tyre pressures will result in more responsive braking, safer acceleration, sharper steering, increased fuel economy and an optimal tyre life. By not checking and maintaining the correct tyre pressure you will experience faster wear on the tyres, less grip on the road which in winter is just hazardous, slower braking and a lower tyre life.

Other checks you should carry out weekly are the tread and depth of the tyre, bald tyres are illegal and unsafe, whilst having a look at the tread it is also important to check for any bumps, bulges, cracks, splits, cuts or any foreign object that has got lodged in the tyre. Any of these findings will mean that a tyre specialist will need to remove the tyre to inspect and fix the defect. It is unsafe to drive on less than perfect tyres so a weekly check will keep you and your family safe from any unforeseen circumstances.

The ESP Test

Ford’s ESP is the latest technology to be installed on vans for sale. ESP stands for Electronic Stability Programme and it senses when the vehicle, whether it is a Ford Transit Sport or other Ford vehicle is losing grip and will automatically apply a braking force to individual wheels to stabilise it. The system manages to monitor your van’s behaviour which will help you keep control behind the wheel, whatever weather conditions you may have to face.

Protect your car with a warranty

Car insurance is a legal requirement for all road users across the UK. Yet would so many people be keen to take it out even if it wasn’t a legal requirement? One theory is that yes they would. Why? What about the peace of mind that it offers? Knowing that if something was to happen to your car, you won’t be stung with a massive bill that you may struggle to pay has to be worth the cost alone.

So why don’t so many people choose for an extended car warranty? Surely the on going need to have a fully working car is as important as the possibility that something my damage your car in an accident?

An extended car warranty will protect you against the many problems that could occur. Your car is most probably an important part of your life and it is only then when you realise this that you begin to understand the importance of getting a car warranty that will protect you against such problems.

Daily use of your car could include going to and from work, picking the children up from school or going to see elderly relatives. In which any case a car that doesn’t work and you can’t afford to repair could cause all sorts of disruption to your daily routine.

For the small ongoing costs of having a warranty in place you will be able to side step and massive repair bills safe in the knowledge that your car will be repaired by a professional and returned in outstanding condition.

Things to get for your new car

With a new car comes great responsibility. A car is not a toy and should not be treated as one. It is easy to forget the dangers and problems that a car can bring if treated irresponsibility. These dangers and problems are not always apparent until they arise but some things that you should be aware of before you start to take your car too far.

Car warranty and breakdown cover is a well advised addition to any car. You may not think that you need either of these but there are hidden benefits to having both of these that a new driver could be very grateful of.

A car warranty can be a saving grace for any driver, especially if you have just bought a second hand car and want peace of mind. A warranty can cover many aspects of the car including the most badly affected elements that are prone to break down. Investment in something like this can see expensive bills being side stepped and your car being back on the road with out too much disarray to your normal working day, an investment that is well worth considering.

Breakdown cover is also another valuable addition. This is another essential tool that is ideal for any new drivers who know very little about their cars. You won’t get caught out if you break down and are unable to fix the problem. A roadside mechanic will turn up and meet you and try and fix the problem at the side of the road. If this is not possible then your car maybe towed to a nearby garage and repaired onsite.

These two will play an important part in the life of anyone with a new car, especially a second hand one.

Hazards of Icy Roads

For thousands of children the snow is a great chance to play around, build a snow man and have a day off school, yet adults have much more pressing problems than what the snow brings. Along with the cold weather the issue of care and personal safety rises. Care should be taken on the pavement in such dangerous conditions in order not to injure yourself and to avoid road traffic accidents.

Fresh snow itself isn’t the problem; the problem evolves once the snow has become settled. Once cars and people compact the snow it becomes hard and ice like. If the temperatures remain low, areas that were once snow turn to ice then here lies a problem. The roads and footpaths become covered with ice making the surface difficult to walk on and dangerous to drive over. Patches of back ice on the road make driving highly dangerous and accident black spots in areas where there has been no or little anti-ice preparation such as the use of gritting.

Any rain that the weather offers only causes greater problems as once the road becomes wet with rain water the cold temperatures remains low and this in turn changes into ice and makes the roads and footpaths even more dangerous.

To reduce you chance of a road traffic accident there are a few things that you could do.

Avoid going out
Think about whether the trip is really important or if you can put it off for another day. Is it vitally important that you go out now and do what you are thinking about doing?

Only use main roads
If a road trip is vital then stick to the main roads. These will have more than likely been gritted and should provide the safest route in order to reach your destination.

Plan ahead
Make sure you know what route you are going to take in advance. Familiarise yourself with other possible routes if the one you are choose should be blocked due to an accident.

Listen to the radio
Not for your favorite song but to listen out for a traffic report before you go out. This will allow you to find out if any of the roads you are thinking of taking could be blocked or closed due to the poor weather or an accident.

With these tips in mind you should find that your journey (if you do have to take it) should be met with the least amount of problems.

Break Downs and Accidents

The bad weather has a lot to answer for. Road traffic accidents, personal injury claims as well as a lot of broken down cars.

Icy conditions and dangerous road surfaces leave drivers and pedestrians exposed to slips, black ice and accidents waiting to happen. Road traffic accidents soar in the cold and icy conditions that the UK has been experiencing since the first week of January.

Many people didn’t even make it as far as an accident. Hundreds of people across the UK scrambled to their car in the morning, defrosted the ice and cleared the snow from the windscreen, then in the moment of truth when the cars engine was supposed to fire up, and start bellowing hot air from the heaters all they were met with was a struggling sound that never amounted to much.

The cold weather was too much for some cars and they sit there dormant and lifeless until removed for scrap. Some were lucky enough to get that jump start that they needed to breathe life back into them and show some sign of movement.

When the car sits there for too long it can often make it harder to get the car started and the older style petrol cars usually suffer from this a fair bit.

As sales of de-icer climb during these cold months as do the sales of car batteries and jumper cables and who can blame people, it’s better to be prepared than caught out.

So take good care of your car this winter. Try and park it in the garage where you can get the engine started on a regular basis to keep the life going in it. Even take it out for a little spin and get the engine working, it will make life easier in the long run.