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Getting Ready For Your Car Journey

Tuesday, July 19th 2016 1:59pm

Hello and welcome to another blog post here at Remove My Dent. We hope you are well and enjoying the sunny weather as long as it lasts! Today we have some information on car maintenance and preparing for a car journey. Now the information we are going to share with you will help you look after your car and may even prevent you from an accident, which in turn may mean you don`t require our services!! Nevertheless we believe in public service so I hope you like the information and adhere to it.

I read an excellent article the other day about preparing for a car journey by Safe Driving For Life. Here are a few snippets from it and you can also read the whole article by going to the following link: Looking After Your Car

Firstly they ask if the car is the best way to travel on your journey:

Before you start your journey, take a few seconds to think about whether a car is the best way of travelling.

Would it be better to walk or cycle instead? Your car won't work very efficiently when it's only driven a short way.

Could you share a car with someone else or use a train, bus or tram? These can be cheaper than using a car, especially if you buy a ticket in advance, and using public or shared transport is usually better for the environment too. It can also be safer if you're tired or travelling a long way as you can rest on the way.

Thinking about the best way to travel will save you money and make your journey safer.

They also ask if you are sure you are fit to drive:

Alcohol, illegal drugs, medicines, injuries, tiredness and your mood can all affect your driving. If you ever feel that you might not be able to drive safely, don't drive. Decide the best way to deal with the situation: you may need to delay your journey or find a different way to make your journey. If it's a longer-term problem, you may have to stop driving altogether.

If you're tired, you won't be fully alert and aware of what's going on around you, which means that you won't be able to drive safely. Don't begin a journey if you feel tired.

If you start to feel tired while you're driving,

  • find somewhere safe to stop so you can rest (never on a motorway hard shoulder)
  • try having a caffeine drink and a short nap to refresh you before you start driving again
  • open a window to let in some fresh air if you can't stop immediately.

To help you stay alert, make sure you

  • have the driving seat in the right place so that you can use the pedals, gear stick and steering wheel comfortably
  • sit up straight - if you slouch, you won't breathe in as deeply as you should.

They also mention driving when you are not in the right state of mind:

Extremes of emotions - such as anger, sadness, stress, grief or even happiness - will affect your concentration and how you judge what's happening on the road. Many crashes are caused each year by drivers being careless, thoughtless or reckless. If necessary, take some time to calm down and get into the right frame of mind before you get behind the wheel or ask someone else to drive.

And there is good advice on eyesight:

To have a driving licence, you must be able to read in good daylight, with glasses or contact lenses if necessary, a vehicle number plate from a distance of 20 metres (about five car lengths). If you need glasses or contact lenses to do this, you must wear them whenever you're driving.

Eyesight changes over time so you must have an eyesight test at least every two years. If you drive when your eyesight doesn't meet the standard, you'll be driving illegally and you'll be less safe on the road.

When the sun is bright use sunglasses to reduce glare, which can make your eyes tired and reduce the amount you can see. Make sure you take them off when you drive through a tunnel or when conditions are less bright so you can still see clearly.

There is also good information carrying passenger and loads, driving distractions, basic car maintenance and disabled drivers etc. so please check out the full article.

If however you are still unfortunate enough to have an accident, as it may be through no fault of your own of course, please get in touch with us if you need any dents or scratches removed from your car. You can contact us on 0800 083 5270. I hope you have enjoyed the article and we will be back again soon!


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