Just imagine youve been out on a day trip, with the family, to the coast and had an amazing day. However, you lost track of time and leave the coast a little later than expected. Not long after leaving, it starts to get dark.You wouldnt normally be too worried about this but its the first time you been to this particular coastal town and on your way back home you end up taking a wrong turn. A few miles later you realise what youve done but you think that theres sure to be a town or village just around the next corner with a signpost to point you in the right direction. You keep going.Before you know it, youve gone another ten miles or so, but you think it might be better to carry on rather than go back. Theres bound to be some directions youll recognise sooner or later.The fuel gauge is starting to get a bit low. Now youre starting to worry, especially as you didnt fill up with petrol before the journey home you went past a garage but thought about getting onto the motorway first, and a few miles under your belt. Now youre feeling a bit anxious and getting more concerned about finding a filling station than directions for home!You cant turn back and find that original filling station because you know the fuel would run out before you got back there. So you keep going. Until now, youve managed to keep your concern under your hat but your partners noticed you feeling uncomfortable and she asks you whats wrong. You tell her as quietly as possible so the kids dont hear, but her reaction renders that action pointless! Now the whole family are getting worried.Thankfully you come to a crossroads and a signpost which points you to a village only a mile away. The family feel somewhat relieved, but when you get there, theres no filling station! Next stop 15 miles! Well, what can you do? You head for the town but the gauge is now in the red. You take it steady but as the miles go by, the inevitable happens the engine starts mis-firing. You struggle on for another couple of miles then the engine cuts out.This is possibly your worse nightmare. Youre in the dark, on a lonely country road, about 4 miles from town, with no fuel. Your partner is worried sick and one of the kids is crying. You go outside to think for a minute, wondering how you got caught out like this and trying to think what to do next. Then, you remember a few weeks earlier talking to a friendly Face to Face RAC agent and taking out some breakdown cover!What did he say? you think to yourself. If you run out of petrol or lock your keys in the car, well come out to help. After taking your mobile phone out of your pocket you realise that at least something is going right for you: theres a decent signal on the mobile and you call RAC rescue. Where are you sir? the friendly voice asks at the other end of the line. Ive no idea you say as you begin to panic again. Thats okay sir, weve got your location from the mobile phone signal well have someone with you in around 30 minutes. It was unleaded petrol you need wasnt it.A few minutes later a text message comes over to your mobile saying a patrol car will be there in about twenty five minutes and sure enough an RAC van arrives bang on time. After putting petrol into your car, the Rescue Patrol follows you to the town and waits while you fill up. They then point you in the right direction for home.Wow, what a service! And boy arent you glad you joined the RAC for your "breakdown cover" !
As SUVs continue to be a popular alternative to minivans and station wagons, SUV safety awareness has also increased and has become a prime consideration for consumers when buying these types of vehicles.Though many consumers feel more secure in an SUV, independent vehicle tests show that the size of SUVs, along with higher ground clearance and heavier weight, often makes them less maneuverable than passenger vehicles. Manufacturers are addressing safety concerns with new features. For example, Toyota's Star Safety System offers five safety features as standard equipment on all SUVs-Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Vehicle Stability Control helps prevent front- and rear-wheel slip, which is a frequent cause of drivers losing control of their vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there is a 67 percent risk reduction in single-vehicle crashes when a stability system is in use. Traction Control helps drivers maintain control on wet, icy and loose or uneven surfaces by applying individual wheel braking and reducing engine output when necessary in those conditions. Anti-Lock Brakes use a computer to monitor wheel speed sensor information. If the computer senses that a wheel is approaching lockup (which can cause skidding and loss of control), ABS sends a signal to reduce, then to reapply brake pressure multiple times per second for as long as you maintain firm pressure on the brake pedal, keeping the wheels from locking.Electronic Brake-Force Distribution optimizes the amount of brake force that's sent to each wheel. For instance, if you have cargo in the back of your vehicle, EBD reapportions brake force, helping to maintain optimal braking at each wheel. Brake Assist applies additional brake pressure so drivers can take full advantage of ABS. Brake Assist sensors detect sudden "panic" braking and apply additional pressure needed to help maximize braking effectiveness. Standard safety features are constantly being developed and implemented into cars, trucks and SUVs. Many are designed specifically to deal with SUV safety issues, while others, like Anti-Lock Brakes, can be found on passenger cars and pickup trucks. Either way, these features are becoming the norm and should be considered when shopping for an SUV.
At first glance you might think the spelling is wrong for this tonneau cover. This is the way it was intended to be spelled. It is made by BAK Industries hence the spelling. Bak is also the creator of the RollBak "tonneau cover" . Bak Industries say Our belief is that just because a truck is used for work, doesn't mean it should look like a work-truck. It is possible to elegantly craft rugged and strong products and still maintain a clean look of sophistication and style. Their company is located in North Hollywood California.The Bakflip tonneau cover is a real nice piece of work. This hard truck bed cover is made of an automotive grade exterior UV Resistant plastic which is also scratch resistant. The cores of the panels are filled with a very sturdy resin based honeycomb structure which is waterproof. These panels are made not to crack, warp or fade. The panels are framed with a powder coated aircraft quality aluminum. All of this makes a light weight very durable tonneau cover.The cover folds up in sections, and in seconds, all the way up to the cab of the pickup truck. This gives you easy access to your truck bed while still having the security and gas saving qualities of a tonneau cover. It sits flat on the truck bed and leaves the stake holes uncovered to allow you to use different types of racks. Great for a ladder rack, canoe rack and more.There are testimonials of this truck cover saying it is shipped, very well packaged. This is good to ensure that your "truck bed cover" arrives to your door as it was sent from the warehouse. Many say the cover installs very easily. You can even go to the Bak industries website for an installation video.Some say that the cover is water tight while others say that some water will get in. It seems that sometimes there is a sealer problem with some applications. When they contacted Bak Industries, Bak sent them some different thicknesses of sealer, which did solve the problem. It seems that the two screws which hold the front of the tonneau cover secure were made of steel and rust would show after a short time. Some changed these to stainless steel or galvanized Overall most people were very satisfied with their purchase. Even the ones that had slight problems. The look of the Bakflip tonneau cover and the easy installation and how easy it was to get access to their truck bed made them very pleased with their purchase.It seems the tonneau cover becomes very secure with the addition of a tailgate lock. The way the truck cover latches you need to open the tailgate to open the truck bed cover which is great to keep unwanted people from getting at your cargo.
Buying a personalised number plate from the DVLA or a dealer are just two of the ways you can buy the registration number of your dreams,there are many other ways that these desirable items are bought and sold. Here we will cover the major options available and offer advice on how to avoid problems during the transaction.Buying from a CNDA member ( cherished number dealer association ).A list of members is available at http://www.cnda.co.uk.Personalised number plate dealers are not licenced in the UK and anyone can start up trading without training or credentials.This can lead to transfers being cancelled or delayed due to inexperience. Buyers are also exposing themselves to potential fraud as some number plate websites do not divulge essential details such as proprietor,company registration number,real world postal address and traceable phone number.CNDA members are governed by the strict rules laid down by the association and are not considered for membership until they have been trading for some time,members details are displayed on their websites and the CNDA even offer an arbitration service in the case of dispute.Buying from non CNDA dealers.There has in recent years been an increase in the number of dealers,especially on the internet and whilst the majority are honest,it is impossible to know if the dealer you are considering is one of them. If you are going to order from such a dealer,always use a credit card and not a debit or switch card as this will afford you more protection against possible fraud.Buying off a private individual.In this case there is no go-between to protect both parties and it really is buyer beware.Whether you have found the number on an auction website or one of the broker sites there are a few things to remember when considering this buying option.If the number is already on retention,you will need to have your name added as nominee,when this has been done the safest thing to do is to meet the seller with cash and then take the retention document straight to a DVLA office with your vehicle documents and assign the number to the car.If the number is still on a vehicle,have the seller put it on retention with you as GRANTEE not nominee ( this is now possible after the CNDA successfully changed the law ).Once again,meet the seller with cash,however this time you need not rush to assign the registration as it is in your name.Do not pay money up front for a car to car transfer or even for a retention document,this too risky.Buying from a CNDA member is still the safest option when acquiring your personalised number plate but armed with a few facts it is still possible to use other routes if you are careful.
Thanks to advanced techniques and the availability of new tools designed to offer precision results, many garages now offer a service called paintless dent removal. Unlike traditional panel beating, paintless dent removal is achieved without damaging the existing paint on the metal, and can offer excellent results at a fraction of the cost of other methods of dent removal.The secret behind paintless dent repair is that rather than being an aggressive method of straightening out dents in the metal, it is a gradual process more akin to a massage than a piece of traditional metal work.A panel beater will remove the panel from your car and then use a mallet and a former to bash out any defects. This will involve beating both sides of the metal in order to get it back into its exact original shape. The percussive damage of repeated blows from a mallet will inevitably do damage to the inflexible paint that covers the metal, causing it to chip and flake in the area where the metal has been beaten. This means that the panel will need to be stripped back and then completely repainted, which adds significantly to the cost of the repair. The results of panel beating are generally excellent, and can leave a car looking as good as new.Like panel beating, paintless dent repair is a highly skilled procedure, and to get the best results it takes a great deal of patience, plenty of experience, and of course the right tools. The actual method of removing dents does not require the removal of the panel from the car, or indeed removal of any trim to allow access to the rear of the metal in order to push out the dent from behind.The actual technique used for paintless dent removal will vary slightly depending on whereabouts on the car the repair is being carried out, but the essential method remains the same. Basically, the repair man will use special tools on the reverse of the panel to straighten out any dents. This is done by gradually pushing the metal back into place in small sections. It is a slow process, but it can have excellent results when carried out properly. Because the work is done in situ, and the paint is not damaged by the hammering, and all the work is carried out on the rear of the panel, the job is usually carried out on a single day, because no paint needs to dry once the job is done.Specific paintless dent removal tools are required in order to carry out the work properly. A full set of tools will allow a skilled operator to carry out a repair on any panel on the car. The paintless dent removal tools are designed to offer access into panels from small gaps such as the window slot in the top of a door. They are typically long and flat, in order to slide into place, and very rigid to allow pressure to be applied to the metal without deforming the tool.The operator will slide the long flat tool into the gap behind the panel and then expertly guide it to the dent. The next stage of the process is to gradually press the metal back into place from behind, slowly massaging the metal into its original shape a little at a time in order to minimize the shock to the panel, and to eliminate any possible damage to the paintwork on the other side of the panel.The repair will gradually restore the panel to its original shape, and will deliver results almost as good as traditional panel beating, although at a much lower cost, thanks to the fact that no repainting will be needed at the end of the job to repair the damage that is caused when the panel is being straightened out.For small dents and minor damage to the panels of any car, paintless dent removal is a highly recommended alternative to conventional methods, and thanks to its lower cost, and quick completion it offers excellent value and convenience when carried out by an expert who can provide you with the best results thanks to his extensive experience and training.