What should you do if you’re involved in a car accident?

Having a car accident is a terrible and scary thing, even if you are not hurt you can often feel very shaken for a number of days and often it can take a bit of time before you feel ready to drive again. If you are involved in a car accident it is very important to try and remain calm. Firstly try to make sure that you vehicle is stationery and not going to move by applying the handbrake and turning the engine off. Once you have done this you need to check if anyone else has been involved and if they are ok. Depending on where you are and how bad the accident is you may need to call police and an ambulance to help with the situation. If...
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Making sure your tyres are legal

Tyres are a very important part of the handling of your vehicle. Did you know that if your tyre is worn below the legal limit or excessively damaged you can be given three points on your license for each tyre? If all four tyres are below the legal limit, that’s an instant driving ban. Tyres can not only cost you points on your license but can also be one of the main causes of accidents on the roads today. If your car tyres are below the minimum tread required by law then it will have an effect on your stopping distance and makes it more likely for you to have a blowout which could be disastrous. The legal limit for tyre depths in the UK is 1.6 mm around the...
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Roadside assistance or recovery of your vehicle

If you have breakdown cover then you will probably have to have decided whether to take out additional levels of cover for recovery for example. Most breakdown companies include recovery to a destination usually within 10 miles for free but if you break down 60 miles away from your home, you will have to fork out yourself to have the car recovered to your home address. Upping your level of cover can mean that you can be recovered from anywhere in the UK and bring back to a local garage or your home. This can then allow you some time to decide what you want to do and shop around for quotes from garages. If they recover you at a time when the garage is closed, then they will often...
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The new diagnostic equipment being sold by many breakdown companies

Breaking down is a nightmare and it usually happens at the most inconvenient time like on a motorway or when you are miles away from home on a dark, wet night. Breakdown cover can cost as little as £5 per month and is well worth having for peace of mind, as one call out can cost you in excess of £100 if you are not with a breakdown company. Breakdown companies are always trying to advance and offer their customers a reliable and effective service and recently many of them have started to offer equipment to try and prevent a breakdown. These boxes plug into the port inside your vehicle which is linked up to the onboard computer. It can read faults that the care is displaying and check on...
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Is the service history for your car important?

You should always get your car serviced regularly in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines to get it running as efficiently as possible. Some cars have long life service schedules and others are shorter meaning you will need to check the plan for your individual make and model of car, not just assume it is the same as a previous car you owned. Having the service history for a car can also make it more saleable and may mean you get a better price for it, especially if it has been done by the main dealer. Along with ensuring that you have the service book and that it is stamped every time you have a service done you should also try and keep receipts for other work you may have had...
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