Four Tips to Help You Maintain The Tyres on Your Family Car

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Car tyres are to cars like feet are to the body: so essential for getting around that we often take them for granted. As a busy parent with a home to run and children to raise, the family car can quickly slip down the list. These tips will help you stay on the safe side of your tyre maintenance schedule. 

Fit Quality Tyres

Begin by fitting your family car with quality tyres, especially if you purchased your car in a private sale. It pays to invest in respected brands like michelin tyres over unknown tyre manufacturers. Not only do better quality tyres last longer, but many trusted brands offer extra peace of mind in terms of warrantees and safety specifications. If you bought your car second hand, starting your car’s new life with good tyres is half the battle won. New tyres means you don’t have to worry about the previous owner maintenance habits and you can kick off your own maintenance schedule with confidence from day one. 

Check For Wear & Tear

Perform monthly inspections of your tyres to ensure that they are not showing signs of damage. In addition to these regular checks, look out for obvious signs of wear and tear every time you load your family into the car. It’s normal for tyres to look a little worn after regular use, so how do you know when the damage becomes cause for concern? As a general rule, if it catches your eye, get it checked out by a professional. Anything from a bulge to a cut can result in a flat, a blow-out or dangerous skidding when you’re out on the road. 

Measure Your Tread

On a sunny day, you might get away with worn tyre tread, but wet weather conditions can pose a danger if your tyre tread is not up to scratch. Aside from the safety concerns, your tyre tread will impact your vehicle’s performance and fuel efficiency. The legal minimum depth for tyre tread is 1.6 millimetres. Below this, and your tyres are in urgent need of replacing.

The Essential Spare  

Nobody likes to think that they will have to chance a tyre one day, but it’s vital to be prepared in case you do (don’t forget a jack!). Always have a spare tyre available, and treat it to the same rigorous schedule of maintenance that you apply to your other tyres. What could be worse than fitting a spare tyre that turns out to be flat? If you’ve never changed a tyre before, ask someone experienced with cars to show you how. Unlike some forms of knowledge, changing a tyre is something it’s best to learn by doing. To check that you have understood your tyre-changing lesson, it’s well worth having a few practice runs at home to prepare you for the real thing.

Especially if you’re not the natural lover of wheels in the family, taking responsibility for maintaining the family car can be a daunting prospect. These tips will help you stay on top of that essential maintenance schedule and keep your family safe on the road.  

Going Green With Lexus

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Over the past few years, the importance of being ‘green’ has been heightened. Of course, this does not mean that you need to paint yourself green! It means that everybody has a renewed sense of how crucial it is to look after the environment.

Our planet is precious, and everyone has been learning more and more about the damage being done to the environment. Recycling methods have stepped up and now there are recycling bins placed all over the UK. And, businesses are taking steps to reduce air pollution. 

In addition to this, individuals are also making sure that they are more efficient and environmentally friendly when they are driving their vehicles. The latter point is what this article is concerned with.

Car brands need to embrace green technology

We can all do our bit to help pollute less. As an individual, you can make sure that you turn off your engine whilst you are waiting to pick someone up for example. However, the consumer cannot do everything alone. If car brands do not embrace green technologies then we are all fighting a losing battle. Luckily, there are some car brands who have acknowledged the need to go green. And, luxury car brand Lexus is one of them. Companies like Trade Price Cars can help you to get your hands on a vehicle on this. If you go to one of the dealerships then professionals can point you in the direction of the green vehicles. 

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What actually is a green vehicle?

It is all well and good saying that vehicles need to go green. But, what does that actually mean? An environmentally friendly vehicle is one that has been constructed using technologies that emit less harmful gases. In fact, vehicles can even use different fuels in order to run. Alternatively, there are different methods of powering a vehicle and this has resulted in green automobiles, such as; hybrid vehicles, compressed air vehicles, and battery electric vehicles. These are highly beneficial because not only do they help the environment, but they are also better for a person’s health as well. 

Lexus goes green

As mentioned earlier, there are several car brands that have embraced green technology. And, the Lexus is one of those. Lexus released a full hybrid Sedan. The following Lexus vehicles all have green technology implemented; Lexus CT 200h 2011, Lexus GS 450h 2011, Lexus HS 250h 2011, Lexus IS 250 h 2011, Lexus IS 250 C 2011, Lexus LS 600h L 2011, and the Lexus RX 450h 2011. All of these vehicles have some form of a hybrid system, and they have utilised green technologies in order to offer efficient vehicles. Lexus are constantly developing and redeveloping new vehicles that have green technologies implemented with the aim of being more efficient with each and every model. 

How To Choose The Perfect Family Car

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Whether you’re just starting a family, yours is growing, or your current car is old and knackered, buying a family car is one of those must-dos in life and choosing the right one when there is so much choice can be a tricky decision.

Doors

There are many many essential features you need to look at when looking to buy a new car, and the rear doors are just one of them. However, they are an essential one. Think practically about fitting a child seat in or trying to strap your little ones in when you’ve got an armful of shopping. Look for a family car which has rear doors which open very wide. Bring a child seat with you when you test drive a vehicle for the real test on whether it’ll meet your requirements, even bring the kids too.

Seating

While you definitely want the seats themselves to be big enough for your car seats, the car also needs to be comfortable, and that doesn’t necessarily mean soft and cozy. Check out if there are enough cup-holders? Are there flimsy looking fixtures and fittings which are likely to be snapped off? Many family cars have sliding rear seats too, which allows you to vary rear seat space and boot space as you need it. Also consider the visibility of your children, as naturally inquisitive creatures they like to explore their surroundings, so have a look for a family car where the rear passengers are sat relatively high, giving them a great view of the world whizzing by.

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Boot

Families are renowned for transporting a lot of stuff in their boots, and yours is probably no different, whether it’s the weekly shop, a couple of buggies, a year’s supply of nappies, or bikes and scooters, make sure you’ve got the room for everything you’ll need. Also check that the loading lip isn’t too high to lift things over, and the boot opening a practical shape for larger objects.

Safety

Safety should be top of your list when looking for a family car, and these days, there are many safety systems. The best thing to do when looking for your car is to go somewhere like Angus MacKinnon and get expert advice on your safety requirements and what will be the best for you and your family.

Driving

From a family car, you’re looking for something pretty easy to park, a high driving position so that you can see all around the vehicle, and simple controls to operate. You may want to consider a car with parking sensors too as they’re a relatively cheap option these days and standard on many vehicles – or even an automatic parking system, which will steer the car into a space for you. Make sure you take it for a spin before you commit to anything and get a real feel for it. As mentioned before, take the kids too and see what they think as it is a family car, so it’s for everyone.

Diesel Tuning For Your Car

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Diesel system tuning is something which a lot of people are doing at present. The engine upgrade is something which has become exceedingly popular over the past few years.

This is because it really beings a vehicle to life and gets the best out of it. This is why it is especially beneficial with those seeking a used 4×4 for sale or a used sports car, enabling them to get more from their purchase.

Nevertheless, the problem comes when deciding how to go about your diesel tuning. There are several methods which are at your disposal. This is obviously a decision which requires a lot of contemplation. After all, you want to make sure that you enhance the performance of your car as much as possible and that the tuning is worthwhile.

One of the best options to go for seems to be the use of a tuning box. This option is a popular choice because there are a whole host of advantages associated with it. This article aims to delve a little deeper into using a tuning box and what benefits this can bring. Thus this will hopefully give you a helping hand when it comes to deciding what sort of tuning method to opt for.

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As stated, the utilisation of a tuning box is a highly popular method at the moment. However, there are of course other recognised methods which are valued by many people. The main competitor to tuning boxes is that of having a full ECU remap. This is an option which is also beneficial in the eyes of some. At the end of the day, it is up to the individual in question what they think is best suited to them. Nevertheless, as you know, this article will deal more directly with a tuning box.

The chief reason why people prefer this option is because of the ease associated with it. The process is extremely convenient and relatively easy. The box itself is very simple with regards to the installation. Therefore, the individual in question does not have to worry about being without their vehicle for a lengthy period of time. Moreover, another point worth consideration is that the ease of installation is just as simple as that of uninstallation and thus if you want your tuning box removed it should not be too much of a problem.

Aside from convenience, another benefit associated with tuning boxes is that of efficiency and effectiveness. After all, the whole purpose of such a product is to enhance your vehicle so that you get the most out of it. And that is exactly what a tuning box will do.

In addition to the points already mentioned, one of the most advantageous benefits is that the tuning box does not affect the warranty of any vehicle it is fitted inside. However, other methods at your disposal are actually likely to make the warranty void as they tend to be permanent upgrades, whereas a tuning box can be removed.

All in all if you are looking for some form of diesel tuning then you should certainly consider a tuning box and all of the benefits that are associated with it.

Which Cars Make Travelling Blissful?

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If you’re planning a driving holiday, then the question of what car will make the trip the most enjoyable has probably crossed your mind. But aren’t all vehicles just the same? Or are some really better for going long distances than others?

It turns out that when it comes to travelling across the channel and over to the continent, some cars are better than others. Check out this list of the best vehicles that make travelling blissful.

The Mercedes V-Class

What is the Mercedes V-Class you may ask? While this vehicle is probably more at home in the possession of a taxi driver or a contractor, it also makes a great vehicle for travelling long distances.

The V-Class is a rare vehicle. It offers both a luxurious interior as well as plenty of space for anything that you might want to take with you: children, skis, bicycles, wheelchairs – you name it.

If you decide that you need to use all six seats, then you can. If not, you can swap them out according to your space requirements.

Maserati GranCabrio

If you’re planning a trip to the French Riviera, then look no further than the Maserati GranCabrio, a car that is at home in exotic and luxurious surroundings.

The GranCabrio oozes style and finesse. The large grille at the front prominently displaying the Maserati logo adds a sense of class. What’s more, the GranCabrio is open top, allowing you to soak up the sun as you cruise down the open road – perfect for a trip to the Med.

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Honda Civic

When it comes to road trips, you don’t have to travel a long way to get your kicks. Sometimes a quick lap around local B roads will do the trick. That’s where the Honda Civic comes in, a car readily available at dealers such as Hilton Car Supermarket. The vehicle is highly agile and very affordable, making it a favourite among people who want to get out on the road for the driving experience itself.

The car is also safe thanks to its ample grip, especially under normal driving conditions, and will generate more than 306bhp if you push it. Be warned, though; this car is fast when you floor the accelerator pedal.

Vauxhall Cascada

If you want that open-top experience at a much lower price than the Maserati, then the Cascada is well worth your consideration. The Cascada is a convertible with distinct Vauxhall looks. It comes in at a fraction of the price of most cars in its class, and yet has the reliability to cross a continent capably. Getting replacement parts and service for this car is both easy and affordable, making this a favourite among families.

The Vauxhall comes in a range of engine types, with the most popular being the 195bhp twin turbo diesel variety, thanks to its combination of price and performance. The Cascada should offer excellent mileage, bringing down the average cost of your trip and leaving more money left over for all those fancy restaurant meals you’ve got lined up.