As the man at the helm of BreakerLink, it is no surprise that its Director, Justin Smith, has always had a keen interest in cars, bikes and most things wheeled. Having spent over two decades in the car parts industry, Justin combines his passion that since 2002, has successfully united those looking for new and used car parts with the breaker that supplies them. Follow Justin on LinkedIn.
drunk is a big no-no. Many people won’t drive when ill. But you may be shocked
to find out thatdriving 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:
your cam belt is a vital part of your car’s maintenance schedule. Leave it to
break, and you could cause untold damage to the rest of the car. If it fails,
then the knock on effects can cause the engine’s pistons and valves to collide.
Your car will break down, and it’s likely that the repair bill will be very
Yes, replacing the cam belt comes in at a significant cost. Which is why people might choose to ignore the warning signs. Remember however, that a written off engine is far more problematic.
Skids are more likely to occur when there is a loss of friction and therefore traction on the roads. Snow, ice and water can cause a lack of proper grip on the tarmac causing your car to slip and slide.
understeer, oversteer, acceleration and braking into the mix and you could have
difficulty controlling your vehicle. When this happens it’s vital you remain
calm. Even if you can’t avoid an accident, you can reduce the danger to
yourself and others – by taking remedial action.
can you avoid getting into a skid – and more importantly, what can you do if
you should find yourself in one of the two different types of skid, oversteer
Way back in 2013 we looked at how you could clean up your environmentally inspired driving choices. Let’s face it however – since then there’s been so many changes to ecologically centred science, technology and the car industry, it’s time to update our thinking. How can you be a greener driver in 2020?
Your fuel injectors are a vital part of the engine. As part of the main combustion system, they deliver fuel into the pistons, ensuring there’s enough fuel to drive your vehicle forward as you depress the accelerator. `
To keep the injectors in tip top condition they have to be cleaned from time to time. You might even find that with some complaints such as lit check engine lights and maintenance problems can actually be solved by unclogging your injectors before you embark on a costly course of replacement. This bodes the question – what’s the best way to get them clean?
It’s a rare year in the UK when there’s no snow whatsoever. All too often a sudden flurry or storm can take the local services by surprise, making roads treacherous and difficult. Even if the council manages to deploy the gritters at short notice, then they probably won’t touch the side roads – making it too easy to get stuck in the snow.
Some cars have a winch, to help to pull your vehicle free from deeper drifts, and the RAC, AA or even your local towing company can help free you from the powder. But if none of these are an option for you, what’s the best way to free your vehicle?
Your head gasket is a vital part of the engine. If it’s not working as the manufacturer intended then this can lead to bigger problems. You’ll find this critical seal between the engine block and the cylinder heads. It should be typically made of steel or copper, although some manufacturers use graphite and there are even asbestos gaskets in older cars.
The gasket helps ensure that
the engine remains fully pressurised during the combustion process. Remember
that the dynamic release of energy when fuel is ignited drives the pistons – so
any drop in pressure means a drop in power. Oil and coolant are also supplied
to the engine through the gasket, which means that problems with the part could
lead to cross contamination between the two fluids – a problematic scenario for
Yes, there is the Highway Code. There’s also a set of penalties and fines that keep you on the straight and narrow when behind the wheel. But what about that unspoken code of road behaviour that’s simply not on? You know, the kind of rules that are simply about being a decent human being. For instance, no one with a shred of moral dignity would dream about diving into a car parking spot whilst someone else is backing into it. Would they?
Everyone had to learn at some point. Learning to drive
is considered a major life achievement for young people and it’s never too late
to get behind the wheel. Of course, once the lessons have finished and you’ve
passed the test, it’s a whole different world. You can no longer rely on the
sagely wisdom of your instructor, and you’re out there on your own.
What are the mistakes that can plague new drivers and
more importantly, what’s our best advice for avoiding them?