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12 Jan
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As Temperatures Drop, Beware of the effects on your Vehicle!

As most of you have probably already noticed that this week has been pretty cold. So here is an article that I found, which I believe will be very helpful to you.

 

Winter is here and that means rain (Yay!) and cold temperatures. When the temperatures drop, here are a few things that car owners should be aware of for safety’s sake.

 

  1. Tire pressure may drop on cold days and your tire pressure sensors may say you have a flat. Chances are high that the air inside your tire is compressed, so stop by any gas station and make sure you refill to the proper amount of air in your tires.
  2. Speaking of tires, how is your tread? If your tires are worn or balding, avoid dangerous hydroplaning and bring your vehicle in for a new set of tires.
  3. Make sure all your lights are working. In wintertime, most of us spend more time driving to and from work in the dark. Be sure your license plate light, tail lights, head lights, interior lights, and other safety lights are operating properly.
  4. Be sure your antifreeze levels are where they should be. Antifreeze prevents pipes from bursting due to expansion when water freezes. Having plenty of antifreeze is a simple and affordable way to protect your automotive engine.
  5. Carry a bright flashlight inside your vehicle. If you get a flat tire at night, you’ll need a bright light to help you see what you’re doing. A lot of people resort to the flashlight apps on their smartphones, but all too often the battery quickly gets drained, and the light is not bright enough. Besides, carrying a bright flashlight will serve you well on multiple occasions.

 

We are here to help you all, so if you have any concerns or just not sure if your car is safe this winter, do come and visit our workshop – 2 Saville Road, Peterborough, PE3 7PR   or  give us a call on – 01733 687101.

You can also email us directly – peterboroughbodyrepair@gmail.com

 

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6 Jan
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7 Tips on Driving in the Fog Safely!

Good Morning, thanks for visiting my blog, this morning as you know was very foggy, so I thought its my responsibility to let you know on any tips or tricks in driving in the fog. Below is an article that I found which I think you will find very interesting.

 

Driving safely on today’s roads demands more skill and better judgment than ever before, especially under hostile weather conditions. Here we concentrate on the challenge of fog. This dangerous meteorological condition emerges most often in spring and autumn. As always, the familiar plea from auto clubs, experts, and law enforcement organizations not to drive too fast or too close must be heeded.

 

Driving in heavy fog is like driving with a blindfold on. Statistically it’s the most dangerous driving hazard in existence. No matter how important the trip is, it’s not worth gambling your life. By far the safest thing to do if you run into fog is to move well off the road and wait for the fog to lift. However, the simple and safe solution is not always the most practical, so read on to find out what driving procedures should be followed in fog.

When driving in fog, reduce your speed and turn on your headlights. Think about how far they can see and how long it will take you to stop. Keep an eye on your speedometer. Studies show that some drivers acclimate themselves to foggy conditions and unconsciously increase their speed over time. Make sure that you can be seen. Turn on your fog lights, and make sure your high beams aren’t turned on by accident. High beams direct light up into the fog, making it difficult for you to see. Low beams direct light down onto the road and help other drivers to see you. Most European cars have a switch that turns on extra-bright auxiliary rear fog lamps. American and Asian vehicles lack this important safety feature. Don’t rely on your parking lights alone: they do little to increase your visibility in daytime fog. Don’t use your emergency flasher. Studies have shown that drivers are attracted to flashing lights and tend to drive into them inadvertently.

Whatever you do, don’t turn off your headlights in heavy fog, even if they interfere with your forward visibility a little. Headlights are the only part of your vehicle that oncoming drivers can see at a distance. Don’t stop in the middle of a roadway either — that guarantees you’ll be rear-ended. If you can’t continue, pull well onto the shoulder, getting your vehicle completely off the road.

Use the left edge of the road (aka fog line) as a guide rather than the center line, to avoid running into oncoming traffic or becoming distracted by their headlights. Think about what other drivers see when they’re behind you. If you drive with your emergency flashers on or keep tapping your brake pedal, you’ll make them nervous and they may try and pass you, a procedure that places both your lives in danger. Always use your defroster and windscreen wipers in foggy conditions and remember that the problems of fog driving become greater at night.

Stepped-up traffic monitoring, police enforcement, or roadway design cannot prevent crashes in poor visibility. More consideration should be given to closing down major highways shrouded in thick fog, just as they’re currently closed when a blizzard occurs. Even though most drivers slow down to some degree, the big problem is getting everyone to drive at a safe, constant speed.

The best advice we can give to drivers confronted with thick fog is to get off the road as soon as possible. If you can’t or won’t pull off the road we offer the following advice:

  • Keep your minimum safety gap to three seconds in ideal conditions; with the decreased visibility fog causes, this interval should be increased substantially.
  • Slow down. Most fog-related traffic fatalities occur because someone was driving too fast and couldn’t stop in time to avoid a collision.
  • Make sure that you can be seen. Turn on your fog lights, and use low beams. High beams direct light up into the fog making it difficult for you to see. Low beams direct light down onto the road and help other drivers to see you.
  • If you leave the road, be sure to pull off completely. Turn off your driving lights and turn on your flashers so others know you’re there but won’t think you are driving on the road.
  • Always use your defroster and windscreen wipers in foggy conditions to keep the windows clear.
  • Keep an eye on your speedometer and maintain a slow, constant speed.
  • Remember that other drivers have a limited sight distance and that fog can leave roadways slick. Signal early, and when you use your brakes, don’t stomp on them.

Drive safe this winter!

Swapnil Garg

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17 Dec
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Paintless Dent Repair: Not Just For Hail Damage

TYPES OF DENT THAT CAN BE REMOVED BY PDR

When it comes to you vehicle, damage can come from almost anything, and in all shapes and forms. From scratches to broken windows, flat tires to the dreaded dents and dings, you can always be prepared for the unfortunate accumulation of damage to your car or van.

We see everything in Peterborough, as an established body repair centre, we have all the scratch repairs, dent repairs, alloy wheel refurbs aswell.

If you’re looking to keep your vehicle in good looking form or presentable to the public, then you want to repair any and all damage that can be seen on the exterior.

Dents come in all shapes and sizes depending on what caused them to begin with. If your handy with tools then your local automotive retailer might sell a DIY dent repair kit that can repair those pesky minor dents. For major eyesore dents you’ll want to hire a professional dent repair specialist with the tools and know-how to repair the dent properly.

Ultimately knowing what type of dent you’re looking at will help you decide which way to go.

THE 3 TYPES OF DENTS YOU COMMONLY SEE

  • Car Dings – These types of dents are more common because they tend to be caused by smaller objects or pokes, and are usually easy to repair as long as no damage to the vehicles paint has occurred.
  • Round Dents – This type of dent can be caused from hailstones or a similarly round object (football, baseball, basketball, etc.) hitting the car and causing a dimple on the door, bumper, roof or hood.
  • Crease Type Dents – Crease dents usually bends and tears the car’s metal. When a vehicle is being produced, the car has its own metal memory formed; this is done by heating the metal and shaping it to the design required. When an automobile acquires a crease type dent, it is possible to lose the metal memory making it hard to repair back to original shape.

With PAINTLESS DENT REPAIR (PDR) most non-collision dents, like the ding and round dents can be repaired. Common dents that are caused by other car doors and storms that produce hail stones, are permanently removed with PDR. Most IMPACT PAINTLESS DENT REPAIR clients are amazed and wish they would have known about this repair service before.

In Peterborough we can get most PDR done at a cost effective price. Rather than spraying a car, we have found that this method has proven very successful.

If you have a dent and would like to know how PDR can help you, want a quote or more information regarding our paintless dent repair services, CONTACT US today!

Please contact us now to book your car by calling 01733 687 101.

 

 

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