Having a responsive, powerful steering system is absolutely essential for the modern motorist. Urban travel can be so demanding that vehicles need to be extremely responsive. The parts that helps ensure the drivers actions at the wheel are quickly translated into movement is the steering column and steering rack.
The steering system connects the driving wheel to the steering. It is designed to take the force of a collision and dissipate the energy in the event of an impact to the front of your vehicle. Therefore a steering failure can be a particularly dangerous situation, especially if it happens whilst you’re behind the wheel. However, with a little care and attention – you can stay on top of the condition of these parts – by keeping one eye open for the following symptoms.
Even though turbocharged cars have been around for a while, they are still more complex than your average road car. With the advent of computer controlled engines, they admittedly do not require as much care as older turbo powered vehicles, but it’s definitely still worth paying attention to the upkeep of the system, even with a newer car to ensure you extend its lifespan.
Suspension is all about giving your car a smooth ride. Can you imagine what it must have felt like for those first motoring pioneers as they bumped and rocked their way over every single shingle and nook in the road? Nowadays, we barely notice a crevice or the smaller pot holes thanks to the high design quality and engineering of our shocks and springs.
However, suspension is about more than keeping you from being jostled and pushed around in the driving seat. Did you know that this system also helps keep your wheels in contact with the asphalt, improving traction? Which can result in an increase of stopping distances by up to 20% if the system is worn or broken.
Look down the side of any tyre in the UK, and you’ll see a number of markings. Have you ever wondered what these actually mean? They’re put there by manufacturers to display different properties of the tyre – helping you ensure that the right one is on your vehicle.
Most of us have done it. With the tight constraints of some modern car parks, coupled with some serious bad parking, it’s all too easy to give a little nudge or ding to another parked car and damage its wing, bumper or door mirror. You don’t want to be one of those people who simply runs off. It’s illegal for a start. So what can you do to start righting this roadside wrong?
There is increasing evidence that sitting is not great for your health. Long periods behind the driver’s wheel can result in back pain. Getting in a car shouldn’t damage your health, and we’re not talking about avoiding accidents either. You’ll want to avoid damage to your body, which can play havoc with every aspect of your life. Ask any serious chronic back pain sufferer.
can you do to ensure that you’re sitting comfortably, and you’re not suffering
from those telling little back twinges behind the wheel, that could add up to
some serious pain?
some point in your life you might need a tow. Whether that’s because of a
breakdown now, or your electrical car runs out of juice in the future, there’s
no better way to get a downed vehicle off the road. Especially if you don’t
have breakdown cover.
there are times when your safety might be compromised, if you leave a broken
down car on the road. You could need a quick tow to a safe place. Other times
you may still need to be towed by the breakdown company. How do you get towed
car needs to combust petrol. And as every GCSE science student will tell you,
this needs three things. Fuel, an ignition source and air.
In engines, this is supplied by the petrol, diesel or other fuel source, the spark plugs, and the air is drawn through the air filter, ensuring that dirt and muck doesn’t enter into the piston chambers. Of course – all that filth ends up caught in the air filter, reducing its effectiveness.
Driving drunk is a big no-no. Many people won’t drive when ill. But you may be shocked to find out that driving when you’re tired can be almost as dangerous.
one in six crashes now being linked to driver fatigue, this is too significant
a problem not to notice. As police can’t check for tiredness with a simple
breath test – as with alcohol – it’s up to us all to ensure that we don’t get
behind the wheel when we should be hitting the hay.
one wants to have a crash. But as the saying goes accidents do happen. And the
more you’re out on the road, the more likely it is that you’ll either make an
error of judgement, or perhaps be on the receiving end of someone else’s.
you are involved in a crash the number one rule is to stay calm and cool. It’s
a high pressure situation where people are likely to be shocked, scared and
even a little angry. However, with some
preparation and fore-knowledge it’s possible to make this bad situation
more than bearable. Consider the following information: