Besides going to the car wash and visiting your friends, one of the first things new car owners do is shop for accessories to personalize their new vehicle. In many cases, a couple of essential vehicle accessories can help to protect your car and make it safer to driver. If you don’t have the following five accessories in your vehicle, you may want to consider them. They can improve your comfort and maybe even save your life.
Floor mats can seem expensive if you think of them as nothing more than decoration. In truth, floor mats protect the value of your car, make it easier to clean, and improve footing. Dirt and road grit are easily tracked in and some of these things, like tar, can be impossible to remove from carpet. A floor mat will keep things clean, but it will also provide extra traction to keep your feet planted firmly when you enter and exit as well as while driving. Get fitted floor mats to ensure that they interfere with vehicle operation.
Emergency Battery Charger
Many people carry a set of jumper cables in their trunk, buta better option is
Buying a brand new or used car can seem like an incredibly expensive cost, and one that will impact your finances immediately if you have not budgeted for it. However, it’s not just the initial purchase or lease price that makes up the costs of owning a car. As AA Cars have demonstrated, there are a lot of different factors that add up, although the actual amount will depend a lot on the vehicle and lifestyle.
The initial fee does make up a big chunk of owning a car. This will be the amount you need to save up for in advance or pay monthly if you choose a lease or hire purchase deal. What many people forget about is the value lost as a car depreciates, which will depend on its age, mileage and condition. It should be factored into the cost of owning a vehicle though, as it will lose a certain amount of value each year.
Tax and Insurance Costs
You must legally have car insurance and pay car tax (where appropriate). Insurance can be incredibly expensive depending on the vehicle, your age and driving experience.
Breaking down is never fun – but when it happens on a motorway, it can be even more stressful. If you do find yourself in this unenviable situation, it can be made a little less scary if you keep your wits about you and follow some simple tips.
Be prepared for a breakdown
If you already have a good idea of how you should react to a breakdown, you will be calmer and more able to take good decisions when and if it happens to you. Make sure you know the sections of the Highway Code that deal with this subject, and read up on motorway driving advice from other reputable motoring organisations – for example, GEM Motoring Assist points out that you should not risk your safety by stopping to check on another vehicle, but should instead call the emergency services.
Get to the hard shoulder if possible
If you can, drive your car onto the hard shoulder and get right off the running lanes. Position your car on the extreme left of the hard shoulder, so that you’re as far away from passing traffic as possible. The AA suggests steering so that your car’s driving wheels are pointing towards the
Most of us enjoy a relaxing summer day out on the driveway with a hose in one hand, and a scrub in the other. Yes.. I’m talking about giving your car the old scrub-a-dub-dub. It’s basically one of those things comparable to bbq-ing or making a fire. It’s a manliest man thing. This gives us the satisfaction of taking care of our possession and pride. It’s actually a good thing to be very keen in taking care of your car by yourself and making it look clean all the time. But there are times when a car, even though it’s your baby, even if you want the owner’s pride & satisfaction of taking care of it, needs some expert care to look and feel its’ best. Every car owner loves to see their car looking clean and sparkly.. YES.. Sparkly. So if you want to maintain the best shine possible you need to not only wash your car on your own time, but also take it to an automotive detailer once in a while to ensure your car is properly cleaned.
Car detailing is a very important aspect of automotive maintenance that will improve your car’s look
Knowing about your car battery is important for the safety and maintenance of your vehicle. A car battery won’t last forever. However, knowing how to properly maintain it will help you avoid problems and keep your battery operating for as long as possible.
The battery is relatively easy to spot under the hood. It is a square or rectangle box that has two cables coming out of the top or back. These cables should be clean and free of any corrosion, which can appear as a white powder or crystals. The batter is the power center of the car, and stores enough to ensure it starts. Things like the radio, clock and alarms have continued power when the car is turned off, thanks to the battery.
A 12-volt battery is made up of two 6-volt cells with layers of positively and negatively charged lead plates and insulated separators. The cells are filled with an electrolyte solution, which is usually made up of 2/3 distilled water and 1/3 sulfuric acid. The interaction of the plates and the electrolyte solution produces a chemical energy that is converted into electricity.
You should always be careful when handling a