Common issues with airbags within your vehicle

  Many cars now have airbags fitted to them, this may be driver airbags, passenger airbags, or a combination.  It is proven than air beds can save lives and therefore it is vital that they are in working order.  It is not uncommon to see an airbag light on up the on a vehicle.  This light is there to indicate that there is a fault with the airbag system, but this is not always the case. Sometimes her back lights can come on if the battery has been disconnected or if the plugs for the airbags have been removed and put back together again. If you have an airbag light come up on your dash board then you need to take the vehicle in to a garage to get them...
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Is your car MOT ready?

Every car in the UK needs an MOT test yearly when the car reaches 3 years of age. Before the MOT you need to do a pre MOT check. It is a good idea to check some of the things yourself, and an even better idea to let a workshop check your car. An MOT involves dozens of checks on your car, ranging from the brakes and fuel system to lights, mirrors, seatbelts, windscreen wipers and exhaust system. It doesn’t cover the condition of the engine, clutch and gearbox. With the cost of an MOT capped at nearly £55 it’s definitely worth checking what you can do to avoid a re-test. We have put together a few key points that could save you money for the sake of 10 minutes...
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Getting your ready for a journey on the motorway

If you are planning on doing a long journey in your car, and especially if you are going to be travelling on the motorway then it is vital to carry out some checks a few days before you set off. Some people choose to carry out these checks out on the morning of their trip, but often if you find a problem, it is too late to try and rectify it before you are supposed to leave. For example if you discover you have a puncture then you may not be able to get a tyre fitted for a little while, which may well delay your trip, and if you have a flight to catch, you could end up missing it and therefore missing part if not all of your...
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Stopping distances and tyre wear

Many of us are aware that stopping distances can be affected by many things such as the weather, tyre wear and tyre pressures but yet you may not realise exactly how much tyre condition can affect the time it takes your vehicle to stop. The law states that tyres must have at least 1.6mm of tread in a continuous band around the centre three quarters of the tyre, anything below this is classed as illegal and can cost you a fine and three points on your license per tyre. Although this is what the laws states, many mechanics and tyre fitters stress that really tyres should be replaced when they reach 3mm of tread. A new tyre starts off with 8mm of tread but once it gets to 3mm of...
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Passenger airbags

Passenger airbags were first introduced into vehicles in the 1970’s in the USA and in the 80’s in the UK. Passenger airbags have proven to save lives and increase the safety for a passenger if you are involved in an accident. For some situations, you should turn the passenger airbags off such as if using a rearward facing car seat on the front passenger seat. This is because if the airbag is activated it can cause the car seat to be pushed up and into the back of the seat which can be fatal. Some cars are fitted with an airbag deactivation switch allowing you to turn the airbag on and off depending on which passengers you are carrying but many vehicles need to be taken into a dealership to...
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