Saturday, 2 January 2016
Thursday, 15 January 2015
I usually take my annual holiday abroad in the winter and near the end of my well earnt rest I decided to check the weather forecast at home. Although there is no snow forecast for the near future around my area, the recent mornings have been very icy and you never know when the weather will take a turn for the worse.
It made me think of an situations few years ago when my wife went out on a reasonably good day weather wise a few of winters back. Arriving at the destination with my two elderly parents in tow they went in for a two hour meeting. Whilst in there the snow began to fall heavily, settling and getting deeper all the time. Against their better judgement they decided to take a chance and head for home as soon as possible. This is where it all started to go wrong!! The roads became gridlocked and they got stuck in the bad weather for around 6 hours, arriving home on the back of a recovery vehicle well past midnight.
The situation was made worse by the fact they had set out totally unprepared. No blankets or shovels , we hadn't checked the weather forecast. We also had an automatic car and my wife was unfarmilar with the car settings for driving in that kind of weather, so ended up with a burnt out clutch.
From then on we vowed never to get in that situation again!! We follow these simple steps during the winter months:
1.Before you even get in the car, plan your journey – and where possible try to come up with a route which avoids smaller country lanes/ minor roads, as these are less likely to have been gritted
2.Make time to properly clear your car of snow and ice to ensure full visibility – this includes removing snow from the bonnet and roof, front and rear windscreen, windows and mirrors. You must also make sure your lights and number plate are clear of snow.
3.When pulling away, use 2nd gear and try to avoid high revs as this will just cause the wheels to spin. In automatic vehicles check your handbook for any special settings the car may have for driving in poor weather.
4.The Institute of Advanced Motorists recommend maintaining as constant a speed as possible when driving in snow; don’t drive too fast otherwise you risk losing control, and not so slowly that you might lose momentum for getting up a hill. Also try to steer and corner as smoothly as possible but make sure you’ve braked to the necessary speed before attempting to corner in snowy and icy conditions, otherwise you risk skidding.Whilst driving take extra care and keep your distance between you and the vehicle in front. Stopping distances can increase by up to ten times in snowy and icy conditions, so it is imperative to keep this in mind.If driving on the motorway, keep to the clearer lanes and try to drive within the tracks made by the cars in front. Again, keep your distance.Make sure to use dipped headlights or fog lights when driving in falling snow to ensure you are visible to others.
5. Fitting Winter tyres is a really good idea. At the very least make sure your tyres have a good amount of tread – 1.6mm is the legal limit, but the more the better.
6.Keep an eye on the weather forecast and listen out for traffic reports, things can vary dramatically within just a few miles and within a small amount of time.In the unfortunate event of a breakdown or getting stuck in the snow, it is handy to keep a few things in the car just in case. These include: food and water, a shovel, blanket, boots, phone charger and a tow rope. If possible, it’s also a good idea to keep some old pieces of carpet in the car to put under the tyres, to help give you some traction for pulling away.And above all, only drive in these conditions if it is absolutely essential.
Hope these tips will help with safe winter driving, if you have any tips of your own or comments please let me know so I can pass them on to my Customers when onsite.
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Friday, 5 April 2013
Thursday, 14 March 2013
It made me think about how the service I offer can help when families are struggling with ever increasing costs to run their household budgets. The fact of the matter is that there is no better way than using a mobile onsite service such as Scratch n Scuffs away, low overheads coupled with keeping the repair area as small as possible can ensure the repair costs don't start getting out of hand. Most repair costs are in an around peoples insurance excess and you won't have all the hassle of dealing with your Insurance company, for what in most cases is a fairly straightforward process, that takes on average around 2-3hrs to complete.
If you or anyone you know in the Milton Keynes, Bedford, Northampton and surrounding areas wants to keep their vehicle in tip top condition without breaking the bank get them to give me a call, I can't always guarantee that a mobile repair is the right way to tackle the damage, but with my online quote system there's nothing to lose by taking a picture of the damage and submitting it for a quote at www.scratchnscuffsaway.co.uk/wp
The customer I mentioned at the beginning of this blog did just that and I managed to lightly sand down the paint scratch and keep the repaired area to the top of the boot area thereby saving a whole panel re-spray.
If you have any comments on this post or any minor car bodywork repair Issues please feel free to leave a comment.
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Monday, 25 February 2013
I've recently seen an increase in enquires for alloy wheel refurbishment. People know that kerbing damage not only de-values your vehicle...it also looks very unsightly and can ruin the look of any vehicle. Fortunately it can be fairly easily repaired, providing the wheel is not buckled, cracked or a diamond cut finish as the process to repair this type of damage/surface can be quite involved. (The wheels above are actually a diamond cut finish that I have converted to a painted type finish as the owner didn't want all the hassle of sending the wheels away for repairs).
If you have a small scuff on the edge of your alloy there are repair kits widely available from most motoring outlets which if you follow the manufactures instructions can result in a satisfactory repair that can only be noticed on very close inspection. Damage as shown in my pictures above will require a professional to repair. The wheels will need to be removed from the vehicle and then a set process followed to ensure that the repairs are of a correct standard. Alloy wheels take a fair bit of wear & tear so it's important that the paints & lacquers used are of the highest quality. This will give the repaired surface the best chance of being as durable as possible.
To see some of the results of a few of the repairs I've undertaken over the years have a look at:
You can also download a picture of the damage for a no -obligation quote.
I'm always happy to receive any comments or if you have any questions about the alloy wheel refurbishing process I'll be more than happy to hear from you.
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Tuesday, 29 January 2013
If you have any concerns or need any advice please get in touch I'll be able to help.
I'm always glad to hear If you have any comments on this or any other minor bodywork repair issues.
Friday, 11 January 2013
If the scratch is deeper and there are more than one you can "touch in" the scratch, but in most cases the paint will not match in very well and will look darker. This is because the paint is put on thicker than if you use a spray gun thus altering the shade. However don't be put off because if the scratch has gone through to the metal doing nothing is not an option, by leaving, corossion can set in that's not a good Idea!! The only way to get a perfect result is to rub down the damaged area and re-spray.