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Written By: admin on August 31, 2012 No Comment

Have you always dreamed of owning a motorcycle but weren't sure what kind you needed? Sometimes the thought of making such a big purchase can be frightening. By doing a little background work you can find out what motorcycle fits you best and have yourself ready to face the sales world head on.

Beginners Bikes

We all know sometimes you have to crawl before you can walk. Well, the same can be said for purchasing a motorcycle. If you do not have much experience with a vehicle like this you don't want to just jump head first into purchasing the fastest bike on the market. If you are a beginner, you might want to consider a used bike versus a new bike in case you have a few bumps in the road.

If this is your first go round with a motorcycle you might consider models like the Suzuki TU250X. Costing a little under $4,000 it is a cheaper alternative than the pricier more advanced models but features a comfortable passenger seat.

Another option is the Honda CRF230M. Similar in style to a dirt bike, this motorcycle is lightweight and while it is also a single cylinder machine, you will get excellent gas mileage all while driving a more durable machine in case you lay it down.

Think Green

With everyone concerned about the effects of our insatiable need for fuel, it is understandable for you to seek a more fuel-efficient means of transportation. If this motorcycle is going to be your main means of transportation then you need something that will stand up to everyday wear and tear but also give you the great miles per gallon that you seek.

In this case the Kawasaki Eliminator 125 might be your best option. Reportedly it gets 95 miles to the gallon and is the most fuel-efficient motorcycle on the market today. Also a good beginner's bike you can save a lot of money with this bike but also get where you need to go safely.

Another fuel-efficient motorcycle choice is the Harley Davidson XL88. It features a V twin engine that is all aluminum and it has made the list of the best gas mileage due to its ability to yield 55 miles to each gallon. Not only is it more fuel-efficient but it is also a very powerful machine.

Happy Trails

If you are a born traveler it may be good to consider comfort when making a decision about what bike to purchase. If you are going to be riding your motorcycle for extended periods of time you will want to choose a ride that is comfortable yet also affordable. It is also great to be able to customize your bike to include racks for storing overnight bags.

The Honda ST1100 ABS II is an example of an older bike that has remained a solid choice for traveling. It is comfortable for both riders and passengers and is a light bike with an uncomplicated gearbox so you can just cruise to your hearts content. A perk is its quieter exhaust note than many other bikes in its class.

Another wise travel bike is the Yamaha FZ1. Much like a Suzuki Bandit, the riding position is supreme and with such a comfortable fit you will want to spend your days cruising the highways. The engine is softer and just like the Honda ST it is very lightweight.

Ryan Devereux doesn't want motorcyclists driving while distracted. He never does with his Honda Shadow Spirit.

Written By: Guest Author on August 27, 2012 No Comment

As everyone wants smooth running & reliable car but for this we have to follow certain maintenance schedule. During designing phase maintenance schedule is always set by the manufacturer. A maintenance schedule generally differs from one car to another. Most of the times our budget or work also prevent you from performing desired maintenance. So, before buying a car just keep in mind that there are operating as well as maintenance costs that are part of owning a vehicle.

Before you change the car oil or replace the air & fuel filters don’t forget to consult the owner's repair manual for basic to do such things. Before selecting the type of oil for your car just follow the manufacturer's recommendations. Oil is the lifeblood of car engine & most of the top oil companies do have engine oils that offer better performance plus protection.

Keep checking the car air filters regularly because a clogged filter will surely degrades performance over time. If that need to be replaced then you should go for reusable filters because these filters offer better performance as they can be cleaned. One could buy the air filter straight away from the agency for an automobile. By doing such minor things yourself, you will save yourself from the huge labor costs also.

Always keep a regular check on various other fluids like power steering fluid, coolant level in addition to engine oil. Also inspect your car tire pressure regularly; although the 4 wheels may look similar but at the same time you never know if any or all of them have lesser pressure. You must use a consistent pressure gauge to check the pressure of all the four wheels & the spare wheel. In case, if you have found out any differences then by inflating all four wheels you can do the required correction. You can also take the help of car manual on when to rotate the car tires so that you prolong their life.

Next thing to consider is your driving habits that may be good or bad because that will also either lengthen or shorten the service life of your car significantly. Every so often, eradicate that accumulated debris that you do not actually require from your car. The more unnecessary weight your car will carry, the more fuel it will consume.

About The Guest Author: Sofia Williams writes for Honda World Downey. She is a freelance content contributor and likes to write about various spheres like Social Media, technology trends and her secret favorite – cars and automobiles. She is a keen observer and contributor for various auto forums and the online auto space.

Written By: admin on August 27, 2012 No Comment

You can achieve that ‘just driven off the showroom’ look for your car with just a little bit of care. Here is how you can make sure that your brand new car will be looking like it has just left your local dealership’s yard for years to come.

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The threats to your car’s exterior

The following factors can really take the shine off your car and leave it looking tired and old.

  • UV rays from the sun are a main factor in causing discoloration and fading of the paintwork.
  • Acid rain or salt water cause oxidation (or rust) and ‘spots’ to appear on that once sleek paintwork finish.
  • Bird droppings are highly corrosive and will at best stain and at worst corrode your car if they are not quickly removed.
  • Small paint chips occur from loose gravel flying up from the road – this is particularly noticeable on the lower half of your car
  • Your car’s paintwork will become scratched and marked by the effects of being brushed against and the improper washing methods/materials that are used on a car. It may also get blemishes like grease and tar on it from the road.

Fortunately these threats to your car can be minimized with a little care and rectified simply and at little cost. Here are 5 steps that will help you keep your car always looking as good as new.

Step 1: Store your car carefully

The first thing that you must do to keep you car’s exterior looking new is to make sure it has covered parking whenever possible. This limits your car’s exposure to the damaging effects of the sun. A garage or covered car port are ideal but any shade helps. If it is going to be parked for a long time use a sun-proof car cover to protect your car’s exterior.

One small caveat to the above – trees are great providers of shade but also great perching points for birds.  Bird droppings are highly acidic and can, if left, be difficult and damaging to remove. Always use a wet tissue to soak and remove them and do so as soon as possible.

Step 2: How to wash your car

The well-meaning act of washing a car can actually be one of the greatest dangers to maintaining a sleek finish on your car. Many of those fine scratches that the sun picks out on the body will be the direct result of it being washed. To minimize these you should avoid machine tools for cleaning – they will apply more pressure on bends and curves where the paint is at its thinnest and easily damaged. You should also drive past that machine car wash too - it will clean your car beautifully but leave ugly scratches all over the delicate paintwork.

If you want to keep your car clean and protect its paintwork your car needs a hand car wash and here is how to do it right.

  • Forget the detergent – your car is not a plate or a kitchen utensil. Detergent will dull your car’s paint and give it a murky, cloudy finish. Instead arm yourself with an off-the-shelf car wash soap that will clean dirt and grime without stripping the protective waxes and other compounds that give your car its lustrous shine.
  • By rinsing the car first you remove the grit and dirt that would otherwise scratch or be further ground in to your car’s exterior. Use the finest setting your hose has and never a power blast that will only help the dirt embed itself deeper.
  • A mitt rather than a sponge is your best cleaning device. There is less chance of getting dust and dirt caught in a mitt and scraped across your pristine paint.
  • Change your water regularly and use two buckets. One will have your wash solution in the other is for rinsing out your mitt.
  • A car is always washed from the top down. This avoids moving dirt and grit from the dirtier, lower part of the car to the cleaner top. For the same reasons always use side-to-side strokes and maintain a light pressure.
  • If you need something more powerful to remove grease and tar stains choose your product carefully. If you have a choice go for a citrus-based cleaner rather than a chemical-based one as this will be kinder still to your car’s exterior finish.
  • Once clean rinse the car off once more to avoid streaks and dry it off with a microfiber towel, which is more absorbent than the traditional chamois leather and less likely to leave ‘patches’  on your paintwork which the uneven effect of drying in the sun can.

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Step 3 and 4: Two ways to protect and preserve your smooth shine

Although they complement each other, and are best applied in sequence, polishing and waxing your car are not the same things. The emollients in a polish add oils to your car’s paint which helps to give it that gloss and sparkle. Many polishes also contain ‘fillers’ which can smooth out your car’s surface and remove light scratch marks. A wax, on the other hand, provides a protective coat to your car that helps preserve it and prevent further damage to it. The wax will also deepen your car’s gloss and give it a brilliant shine that cannot be achieved through any other means.

You do, however, apply polish and wax in similar ways. First you make sure that the car is clean, and then apply by working it into the car in small patches at a time. Use a cotton fabric to gently rub on and then immediately use a different, very clean cloth to wipe it off the paint. Always use sparingly as both polish and wax are actually not ‘filling’ in or ‘adding’ to your paint but removing a layer of old paint to reveal a fresh shiny and smooth new layer underneath.

For this reason a polish and wax should be applied no more than once every three months. You can use the ‘bead’ test to see if your car needs a polish. A car needs a polish when water stops beading when it lies on the car’s surface. Always polish before you wax because the polish will allow the wax you apply to be removed with less effort.

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Wax is available as polymer based or with a base of carnauba wax. Whilst carnauba wax gives an unparalleled depth of shine it is susceptible to being removed by car washing products if applied in strong solutions. Always dilute your car wash solution according to guidelines to avoid removing your car’s protective coat of wax. Polymer based wax is more resistant to washing and appears to last longer, but does run the risk of a difficult to remove build-up forming with multiple applications. Colleagues from London car dealerships swear that German cars are particularly susceptible to becoming cloudy when a polymer wax is applied.

Carefully applied a good polish and wax will remove scratch marks, give your car an even colour and restore the lustre, gloss and shine to its paint. It will also provide it with a sheet of armour that will preserve this look from environmental damages for longer.

Step 5: How to touch-up your car’s paintwork.

Nothing can mar a car’s look than chip marks in its paint and they are so simple to fill in. All you need to match the colour exactly is the year, make and model of your car. Your local car care store will help with the rest.

Clean the area on your car that you are going to work on and clear any chipped or cracked paint. You need to sand down the area and you will find a nick sander is perfect for small areas. It is like a pen with a small sandpaper tip. You should use super-fine grade sandpaper with a rating of 600 or higher for this.

Next wipe off sanding dust and grit using a clean cloth. Use a small artist's detail brush to smoothly fill in the shallow scratch or ding with touch-up paint. Alternatively you can use a toothpick which helps you apply paint precisely without being in danger of having too much on your ‘brush’.

Finally just sand down your touch-up work when dry to achieve that smooth, blended in finish.

That showroom sheen

 

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It doesn’t take too much to transform a faded, tired looking Mazda 3 into one that looks like it has just been driven off one of the finest Mazda car dealerships in the country. With a little bit of care, and a bit of know-how, your car can look shiny and new for years to come.

 

Written By: Guest Author on August 26, 2012 No Comment

Do you own an off road vehicle, such as a large truck or racing vehicle and want to have the capability of tuning your vehicle with simplicity and expertise? Then the XRT Pro is the perfect option. XRT Pro is a unique and extraordinary handheld off road race tuner that can meet all budgets and expectations. It allows those who own these types of vehicles the ability to gain total control over the tuning and functioning needs of their vehicle with a simple handheld computer. The XRT Pro comes with maximum tuning capability without unnecessary digital gauges or automatic defuel capability.

For the big truck owner, this product is a mini-computer handheld device that is designed so that it can plug directly into the digital brain of a diesel truck. When it is connected, it aligns with the motor of the truck and directly communicates, allowing the user to override factory settings from inside the cabin of the truck. For truck drivers, the ease and functionality of such a device is obvious.

Some of the capabilities available with the XRT Pro include recalibrating the speedometer or ABS system, for larger systems. It puts the driver in control of the bigger truck motors and operating systems with small budgets. Other tuners with similar capabilities would be in completely different price ranges.

XRT ProThe XRT Pro is featured preloaded with DPF Present and Removed capable tuning, the ability to remove the DPF system along with related sensors, the ability to tune the engine with precision with increases of -250 HP, the ability to recalibrate the speedometer for use of non-stock size tires that might affect the accuracy, the ability to enable or disable factory "special features", removal of the EGR system, including the cooler without trouble or warning codes, turning off the same system without removing any parts (which is a huge factor for those who have been under the hood of a motor of this magnitude), the ability to read and clear trouble codes and, as an added bonus, the ability to download custom tunes to make any drive more relaxing.
Technology is moving so quickly that, before long, any piece of machinery, technical equipment, or even the human body will be able to receive diagnosis and repair with the click of a button. For the owner of a vehicle on which this device will be installed, a small, accurate and precise device with this much capability at a pittance of the price of other similar tuners is a must-have.

It is important to note that this product, with the capability of disabling factory settings can disable all or part of some emissions systems, if the user selects this as an option. It is of extreme significance because it is illegal to do this in all states except when the vehicle is registered only as a competition race vehicle. The user of the XRT Pro should be aware of the capability of this item when performing any tasks. It is also important to note that use of this product could void factory warranties because it disables functionality of systems that are critical to the validity of certain warranties. It is the user's responsibility to assume all rights and responsibilities when installing this product and to use the product with safety and legal use in mind at all times.

The key is simply to understand the maximum power that this small device is capable of, but with proper understanding and use, the XRT Pro is a magnificent tuner to own.

Andrei is the link builder of the site DPF Delete Kits, a website that offers products like Diesel performance kits, XRT Pro, GM Duramax, Ford Powerstroke and many other related products.

Written By: Guest Author on August 26, 2012 No Comment

Driving at night is lot more difficult and different than driving during the day. By just turning on the head lights when it is dark does not take care of all the factors of night driving and surely not very safe. Night driving is very tiring mentally as the driver has to concentrate a lot more on the road and up coming traffic.

Stated below are a few points to keep in mind when you are going out on the highway for a night drive.

  • To make sure that maximum amount of light is transmitted keep the headlight glass absolutely clean.

 

  • The brake lights and the indictors should be working properly as it is of help to other drivers that you are on the road and can take correct action.
  • The rear view mirror should be adjusted in such a manner that the lights of the rear car do not reflect on your eyes.
  • The car Air conditioning  should be in good condition as switching on the Air conditioner not only is comfortable but also helps in fighting the the fogging on the windscreen and the windows.
  • Always clean the windscreen and the mirrors so that the grime and the dust that settled on it will not refract light and give your eyes a strain because of the glare
  • At night you should drive slower as your reactions are slower because you can neither see properly nor sure of the road.
  • Keep a distance of four to five meters between your car and the other car as that will give you enough reaction time in case there is a problem with the car in front.
  • Properly aligned headlights will help you to see the road better and also help drivers of oncoming cars avoid the glare of your headlights
  • Always use a dipper when you are crossing a oncoming car as it will help you and the other car to cross the road safely.
  • Have good ventilation in the car as night driving can be tiring .
  • Take regular breaks and give rest to yourself while driving at night.
  • A GPS is a very handy instrument especially at night to guide you through .At night you might not get  help to find your way and it may not be safe to stop and ask either.
  • Always carry anti glare glasses with you while driving at night. You can also have antiglare on your spectacles in case you are wearing one. The antiglare coat glasses transmit more light than the regular lenses. This improves vision at night and helps you distinguish finer details during the night.

 

Night travel is comfortable traffic wise and fun but you need to be careful .

Author Bio :- Robert Smith writes for Toyota place  He is a freelance content contributor and likes to write about various spheres like Social Media, technology trends and his secret favorite – cars and automobiles. He is a keen observer and contributor for various auto forums and the online auto space

Written By: admin on August 22, 2012 No Comment

Owners of beastly four-wheel drive vehicles can catch a lot of heat when they use their massive vehicles to ferry kids to the mall or pick up a load of sheet rock at the local Home Depot. However, there are a number of professions out there where a heavy-duty off-road vehicle isn’t an accessory – it’s a necessary piece of equipment that is absolutely required in order to do the job right.

Let’s take a look at five jobs that require a heavy-duty off-road vehicle:

Search and Rescue

When people are lost in the wilderness, you can’t just shine a flashlight from the nearest road and hope to spot the missing victims. Search and rescue teams forge their own trails hrough deep snow, across uneven forest floors and up rocky coastal areas looking for the individuals that they have been sent out to find. A heavy-duty suspension system and excellent off-road capability are vital to search and rescue efforts, which often take place during the worst weather conditions imaginable. It’s simply unacceptable to have a vehicle let you down during an S & R operation and risk adding your name to the list of those who are missing.

Farming and Ranching

Tractors can only take you so far. Sometimes you need to be able to get from one end of your property to the other quickly, and an off-road vehicle is often the best choice for that task – particularly if it’s springtime and the ground is too soft or muddy for anything else. Heavy-duty trucks and SUVs are also crucial for ranch hands surveying fences or searching for lost livestock.

Fire Fighting

Not every fire takes place within the comfortable confines of the city limits. In fact, some of the world’s most dangerous fires start in the brush, quickly spreading through forests until they threaten the populations of towns across a wide geographical area. Those fighting forest fires need rugged four-wheel drives that can not only withstand the abuse of driving off-road for days at a time, but which can also handle the heavy load of fire fighting gear that must be transported deep into the woods in order to make a stand against the blazing inferno.

Logging and Forestry

Most of the time, the only roads available to forestry professionals are those that they have cut and graded themselves. Even then, ruts, mud and washouts can make it a nightmare to get from point A to point B deep in the forest, which means that aside from expensive helicopter rides, four-wheel drive trucks are often the only guaranteed form of transport. Off-road vehicles are also important to logging crews when surveying new cutting zones or when providing emergency or medical assistance to teams located deep in the woods.

Oil and Mineral Exploration

Exploring for oil and other minerals, such as gold, magnesium or copper is the very definition of a frontier-based job. The land that must be traversed while seeking out new deposits is very seldom developed, and is in fact often hundreds of miles away from the nearest settlement. The terrain is rough, the margin for error is razor thin, and the need for a reliable, heavy-duty off-road truck or SUV is undeniable. If you get stranded in these types of exploratory situations, you could find yourself at the mercy of both the weather and the landscape around you, especially since most rescues are performed by air. Being able to drive out of danger is invaluable for those who embrace this particular profession.

About the Author: Jason Lancaster is the editor and founder of Toyota truck enthusiast websites Tundra Headquarters and TacomaHQ.com.

Written By: Guest Author on August 20, 2012 No Comment

The joys and prestige that come along with owning a gorgeous Jaguar are priceless.  People will usually stop and stare as you roll down the road and it makes you smile from ear to ear.  Jaguars are sleek, sexy, beautiful machines and are an absolute dream to drive.  The pride of ownership you get from one of these cars can last for years and years.  So what happens when the iconic leaper on your hood is in need to replacement?  First you seek out a reputable dealer of Jaguar parts and then you follow these simple steps.

In older cars, not necessarily in Jaguars, the hood ornament was used to cover up the radiator cap.  In today’s times the hood ornament is purely decorative item.  When you need to replace them however, you do need to use caution and exercise patience.  If you have a larger ornament it will usually be mounted with spring bolts and if you have a smaller ornament on your hood it is simply put on with adhesive.  There are some ornaments that will use a combination of both so when replacing, be prepared to deal with both types of attachments.  While replacing a hood ornament is probably the easiest of car repairs, it can take a turn for the worst if you recklessly scratch the paint while removing the ornament itself.

The first thing you need to do is open the hood of your Jaguar.  Look underneath and locate the bolt that is holding the ornament to your hood.  Use a pair of pliers to loosen up the bolt.  Most often you will only need to turn the bolt about 90 degrees to loosen it enough for release.  After the bolt is sufficiently loose, close the hood.  If you have a plastic scraper handy it is best to use it.  If not, a flat head screw driver will suffice.  Using the scraper/screwdriver carefully pry the ornament off of the hood. Once it is raised just a little bit, place a tower under it to help in protecting the paintjob.

Once you have the hood ornament up a little, switch over to a piece of dental floss and separate the ornament from the hood using a back and forth sawing motion.  This will easily remove the ornament from the glue.  Once removed all the way, clean off the leftover adhesive from your hood.

It is time to attach your new hood ornament, hopefully one you purchased from a Jaguar parts dealer.  If the ornament you are using has a glue backing, simply remove the paper and place on the correct location of the hood.  If your new ornament needs to be attached by a bolt open up the hood of your car and put the ornament in the proper location.  Then tighten up the bolts with your pliers.  It’s as easy as that!

A Jaguar is an automobile that will always be a classic beauty.  You can keep yours looking gorgeous with sometimes the simplest of repairs.  But, when these repairs are made, your Jaguar will reward you with the all the luxury and style you could ever want.

Mercedes Potter is a part of an elite team of writers who have contributed to hundreds of blogs and news sites. Follow her @CedesPotter to see other car maintenance blog posts..

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Written By: admin on August 17, 2012 No Comment

When we buy a car we want the process to go stress free as possible. Most people won’t have enough money to purchase a car without applying for finance for the car.

Now unfortunately like most things involving money, the process of getting a car loan can often be a quite stressful experience as you might be turned down or find out various surprise charges along the way.

So here are my tips to help people be more aware of what they need to know and do when applying for car finance.

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Know Your Credit Score

Throughout your life you will build a credit history by taking out loans, using your credit cards, paying your bills etc. When you apply for finance with a company they will usually check your credit score, which is a calculated score based on your credit history.

If you credit score is low then the interest rates that you will be charged will probably be quite high, which obviously means you monthly payments for the loan will also be high compared to if the interest rate was low.

If you’ve forgotten to pay your bills or not kept up with a previous loan repayment then this can reduce your credit score.

So it’s a good idea to check what your credit score is before applying for the loan. Depending on which country you live in there will usually be a number of companies that will find out what they think your credit score is. They will usually charge for this service but in my opinion it is a worthwhile fee.

If you find your score is very low then you can do various things to help improve it over time such as paying off all your loans and credit cards, as well as always paying your bills on time.

Important tip: Once you’ve paid off your credit cards, it is recommended you keep the card accounts open and not close them. If you close your credit card account then your available credit will be reduce which can possibly harm your credit score.

Consider Payment Protection Insurance

Most finance companies will also sell insurance to protect the lender in case they have problems keeping up with the payments.

This will obviously cost you more each month but it can help reduce the stress of worrying about keeping up with your payments. At least you know that if you can’t pay the loan then that insurance will pay it for you.

Important tip: Make sure you go through this insurance plan to find out what situations the plan will pay the loan for you. Don’t assume it will over every type of situation.

Make Sure You Can Afford the Loan

Before you apply for the loan, it is a good idea to experiment with different loan periods and deposit amounts.

For example ask the company how much your monthly payments would be for a four year loan with a 10% deposit compared to a two year loan with a 20% deposit.

This will give you a good idea how much you will have to each month. Make sure you can definitely afford to pay this monthly fee.

 

Dan is a keen online writer about cars and finance. He recommends for members of the public in New Zealand wanting to get car finance that they check www.autoco.co.nz/car-finance.html which allows you to apply online.

Written By: Guest Author on August 15, 2012 No Comment

8 Roadside Emergency Tips

You never know when your car may get a flat tire or just mysteriously break down. It can happen to anyone anytime, and you need to be prepared. Knowing what precautions to take and how to be prepared will help your next roadside emergency go a little more smoothly.

1. Remain Visible

Safety is an important part to handling a roadside emergency. If your vehicle is not clearly visible to other drivers, you could cause an accident. The first thing that you should do when you notice that something isn’t right with your vehicle is to turn on your hazards. These lights will help to alert others on the road of your situation and help them to identify you more clearly. If you have roadside flares or reflectors on hand, place them around your vehicle. Prepare other drivers by placing a few flares or reflectors a good distance down the road.

2. Stay in the Vehicle

If you are not going to be working on your car, and you are in a safe location, you should remain in your vehicle. Lingering on the roadside can be dangerous in the sense that other vehicles may not see you and could potentially run you over. Once you have marked off the area, get back in your car lock the doors and buckle up just in case.

3. Move

It isn’t always easy for you to get your car off of the road, but the shoulder is the safest place for you to be. Not only could you get personally injured remaining in the road, but you are putting other drivers at risk as well. Even if it means driving on your rim and damaging your vehicle, you still need to get it off of the road and properly marked.

4. Emergency Kit

Having access to an emergency kit can save you a ton of money. You don’t have to run out and buy an actual kit--just having a few simple things in your car can be of great help in many situations. Your kit should include things like jumper cables, tire-sealant, water, and a flashlight with extra batteries. Tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches, and a tire iron can also be helpful. Having some kitty litter or sand available for those times when you need a little extra traction wouldn’t hurt either.

5. Stay Safe

If you are mechanically inclined enough to fix your car problem, it is vital that you remain visible and out of the way of other drivers. Do not work on your vehicle if you are going to have to be in the road or very close to it. If you are having problems at night, do what you can to make yourself visible to others such as wearing light colored clothing or carrying a flashlight.

6. Location

Knowing your exact location is a plus when it comes to dealing with a roadside emergency. Before you call for help, you must know your location, or at least be able to give a rough idea of where you are. People will not be able to help you if you can’t tell them your general location.

7. Calling for Help

Contacting the police is not always necessary. However, if you feel threatened or need medical attention, do not hesitate to contact the proper authorities. If your vehicle is in a dangerous location, the local authorities can come out to give other drivers warning of your presence and help keep you safe.

8. Be Cautious

Exercising caution when looking for help is a definite must. We’ve all seen the scary movies where people get into an accident and then end up taking help from a murderer. It isn’t likely that this will happen to you, but you should still take precautions when accepting or declining assistance. If you are in your vehicle when approached by another driver, remain in the car with the doors locked and do not roll your window down more than necessary to communicate with them. Be as polite as you can be when declining help. Let them know that you appreciate their concern, but help is already on the way. If you are in need of assistance, ask them politely to make a phone call on your behalf.

Guest post from Cameron Gray. Cameron writes for AutoInsuranceQuotes.org.

 

Written By: Guest Author on August 15, 2012 No Comment

If you are going on a long journey then this may not seem like much of a big deal – and after all it's something that most of us do on a highly regular basis. However the fact of the matter is that you are going to be sealing yourself in a metal prison and then hurtling along the road at huge speeds that we were never meant to travel at. It only takes for something to go wrong during this extended period of time when there is a lot of pressure being placed on the car, and you can end up having a serious accident.

This is why it's so important to make sure that you keep your car as well maintained as possible at all times to ensure you don't have any accidents that could be avoided or end up stranded and broken down. Here we will look at how to accomplish that with a checklist of things to look at before you set off.

Car Maintenance

Lights: This is one that many people often forget – and it's easy to think that we don't need to check them as nothings ever gone wrong before. Actually though that's exactly why you need to check them as you might be nearing the end of the bulbs' lifespans. Just try shining your headlamps against a wall in front of you to see if they are working or get someone to look from outside the car, and likewise check the brake lights and indicators are working too.

Oil: You should know how to check and top up your oil using the dipstick if you are a driver, so make sure to have a look into it before you go.

Water: Likewise you should top up your water both for the radiator and for the windshield wipers. The latter will also need some soap product, and it's important to make sure you don't put in too much or you will leave streaks on the glass.

Petrol: Of course it's important to make sure your car is topped up with fuel, and it's very much advisable to stop and top it up early even if you have half a tank. You'll spend the same amount either way, but if you do it early then nothing can go wrong and catch you out.

Tires: You should of course also check your tires before leaving. You can do this just by looking, but you should also check the precise pressure when you stop for petrol and top them up if necessary.

Other Factors

Likewise you should also make sure that you are in a good condition to drive – that you are feeling wide awake and that you are alert and sober. Likewise you should also look into your food and other supplies for the journey as well as making sure you have emergency provisions like a spare tire etc.

Finally make sure that you know the way, have your directions and have checked for any hold ups or accidents on the route that might cause you problems.

Kat Edwards has worked with a well-known car insurance company in UK and loves blogging about cars. She recommends comparing car insurance quotes for reaping financial benefits of finding the best and affordable car insurance available.

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