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Advice From the Emergency Breakdown Experts

A Stressful Experience

Filling up with the wrong fuel can be very frustrating, these things rarely happen when you have time to spare and more often than not they occur when motorists are most distracted, such as on the way to work in the busy rush hour traffic with their minds on the day ahead and not on their current activity of filling up with fuel.

Motoring has also changed dramatically over the last 20 years and there are now few motorists with mechanical knowledge outside of topping up water, oil, tyre pressure and filling up with fuel. This lack of understanding means that, very often, your first reaction may be panic as the possibility of a huge repair bill looms.

Why is filling up with the wrong fuel type such a problem?

Diesel fuel contains lubricants which ensure that all metal components that come into contact with each other in a diesel engine fuel system, work together smoothly with no build-up of friction or heat. Unleaded petrol, on the other hand, is a solvent with no lubricating qualities. When unleaded petrol is put into a diesel fuel system and the vehicle engine is started, it will run for a short while until the friction between moving parts causes over heating which in turn causes the vehicle to stall. This is especially the case with modern vehicles which will detect a problem quickly and the ECU will shut off power to the engine to prevent potential damage.

There is also the possibility of a build-up of tiny metal fragments sheared off the moving parts that come into contact with each other without the necessary lubrication. These can make their way through the fuel system to the injectors causing potential blockages.

Once the vehicle engine has stalled, if the motorist has not noticed their mistake and has driven away from the fuel station forecourt, it cannot be restarted until all traces of the wrong fuel type have been removed from the fuel system. Many incidents attended by wrong fuel recovery engineers tend to be where a vehicle has stalled on a main road or at a busy junction so they will always arrive with the correct equipment needed to tow a vehicle to a safe place before any remedial action can take place.
What do the wrong fuel experts suggest?

The experts suggest that, in fact, there is no reason to panic. In reality, it is very rare for a vehicle fuel system to be so badly affected that an expensive repair is required. Unfortunately, there is an awful lot of contrary information on the internet and in the media written by authors with little in depth knowledge of the consequences of putting the wrong fuel in a vehicle and the chances are that a motorist may have seen or heard some of this scare mongering. It is very easy for an unscrupulous mechanic or main dealer to pull the wool over a customer’s eyes and suggest a costly repair as the intricacies of modern vehicle fuel system operation are not usually common knowledge.

The Best Parking Spot for Your Car

Make sure you are comfortable with your ability to park in the spot. The worst thing you can do is try to squeeze your car into a little space when a steady flow of traffic is trying to get by. If you cannot parallel park very well, then it is a good idea not to try it during rush hour traffic. Only attempt to take a spot if you know you can confidently do it quickly and safely.

Check to make sure you are not putting your car in an unauthorized zone. Sometimes signs are a little obscure, but you need to make sure you are allowed to place your car in the space. Some spaces are only available between certain times of the day, or they may be reserved for someone else. You do not want to return to where you left your car only to find out that it has been towed away.

Be aware of any parking fees that you may have to pay for using the space. Sometimes you can find a very decent space for your vehicle for a fee. Always carry a little bit of money with you in case you need it for this very reason. Sometimes you will find yourself in an area where there is absolutely nowhere to park except for these types of spaces.

Choose a place that is well-lit. For your own safety and the safety of your possessions, you should never put your car in a dark place if you can avoid it. Light deters crime. When walking to or leaving your car even when it is parked under a light, you still need to be aware of your surroundings and use common sense.

In crime-ridden areas, choose to place your car in protected lots for a fee.These places may have a guard on duty or have the lot enclosed within a fence to keep unwanted people from entering the lot. It may seem a little more expensive, but your possessions will be safe and you will not have to worry.

Make sure you will not run over a protected space. Always look before attempting to pull your car into a space for objects that may be blocking the way. You could damage your car if you run over anything, including a device that is meant to keep people from using their personal lot. These devices are highly visible, but you still need to be careful and pay attention to where you are navigating your vehicle.

Trucks For Improved Productivity And Safety

This requires you to choose the right truck accessories for hauling a considerable amount of gear. Following are several important ways to enhance your business trucks for greater safety and productivity.

Consider installing high-quality bed liner in all of your fleet vehicles. This is a great way to prevent nicks, dings and other aesthetic damages in the bed interior, in spite of the heavy duty items that might be installed. These additions can be especially important for companies that haul lots of heavy or metal products such as steel lintels or landscaping rocks.

Have each auto wrapped so that your drivers are effectively advertising for your business everywhere they go. These wraps can include your business name and contact information along with your logo or a picture of your products or services. This is one of the most efficient and cost effective ways to take care of your local outreach.

You want to be sure that all drivers have access to a GPS system in-vehicle. This will make it easier for them to navigate their way through all of the stops on their respective routes. If unexpected service calls arise, they can also use the included mapping features to get clear and cohesive directions.

It is important for company owners to have access to GPS information as well. With a tracking program, you can know where each of your drivers are and where they have been. This is great resource for determining whether or not employees are wasting company time or resources while using their work vehicles. The information that you collect from these systems can ultimately be used to justify any major hiring or firing decisions.

Each vehicle should additionally have an emergency roadside kit. Although drivers may have access to emergency roadside services, they still need to have a way to let other motorists know that they’re trucks are impaired. Deploying flares can prevent further auto damage and protect your employees from harm. Other items in the kit may enable them to resolve their own automotive problems.

All trucks should be fitted with mounted toolboxes that have locking closures. This way, people can lock their tools up as needed in order to prevent tool theft. This far safer than simply leaving company equipment lying unprotected in the truck bed. No matter where your employees go, they will always have an easy way to keep these costly resources safe.

The Care And Maintenance Of Tires

Good tires can mean faster acceleration, shorter stopping distances and better performance and handling overall.
These products can also play a major role in determining both driver and passenger safety. The tips that follow will help you take good care of your tires and extend their longevity.

It is important to always have four tires that are exactly the same in size and weight. Thus, if you have replaced one or two tires at different time and have not got the exact same specifications all the way around your vehicle, you should take care of this right away. Doing so will improve overall safety and it will also ensure that your tires wear evenly all the way around. When you can, always try to have all four tires replaced all at once rather than one at a time.

Make sure that you are getting your tires rotated regularly. If you aren’t, then these aren’t wearing evenly and you are not getting maximum value from your investment in these products. Your mechanic can help you get a manageable schedule in place for this essential and highly beneficial form of maintenance.

If your treads are starting to wear low, go ahead and pay for replacements rather than putting this off. Otherwise, you run the risk of having a blowout or a flat at the worst possible time. It is always best to have proper fitting and high quality tires in place as this will ensure that you are able to stop quickly and take fat and evasive action whenever you need to.

When getting your oil changed, have a mechanic check to see that each tire has been properly inflated. You can also bring your own gauge and ask this professional to show you how to check air pressure levels on your own. These should never be over or under-inflated. When you go to get fuel, take a minute to check them, especially if you plan to travel any significant distance.

Think about investing in better rims. Believe it or not, these can also play a role in determining overall handling, acceleration times and stopping distances. For instance, an alloy rim will e much lighter than a steel design and can therefore lead to better performance in these areas overall. New rims will also give your vehicle a much more appealing look overall and some can even add to the resale value of your auto as well.