Thursday, April 24, 2008

Random Roadside Drug Testing

With the introduction of roadside drug testing, it is even more important to work out your best form of transport before you go out, if you are going to be drinking or taking drugs this long weekend.

What drugs do they test for?
Delta -9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - cannabis
Methylamphetamine - speed, ice, crystal meth
Methylenedioxymethylamphetamine (MDMA) - ecstasy

How are you tested?
1. You are given a preliminary oral fluid test which involves you licking a test pad. It will take roughly 5 mins for a result
2. If you test negative you can drive away
3. If you test positive you will have to take a second oral fluid test, the result of which will take 20 mins. This will be done outside of your vehicle, but still roadside. If this test comes back positive you will not be charged, however you will be suspended for driving for the next 24 hrs. You will have to organise for someone to drive your car home.
4. Your second oral fluid test will be sent to the laboratory for testing. If the presence of any of the screened for drugs are detected you will be sent a Court Attendance Notice with the charge of driving with the presence of an illicit drug

What are the penalties?
First Offence
Maximum court imposed fine - $2,200
Maximum gaol term - 9 months
Maximum licence disqualification - unlimited, minimum - 6 months
Second Offence
Maximum court imposed fine - $3,300
Maximum gaol term - 12 months
Maximum licence disqualification - unlimited, minimum - 12 months

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Which Unleaded Petrol do I use?

Unleaded Petrol (ULP) RON 91 - 93

Fuel (petrol) is your cars main source of food and it is always healthy to keep your car with at least a quarter of a tank of fuel.
When you’re at the service station you will notice that there are a few different fuel options to choose from.

The main two types of fuel are Regular unleaded and Premium unleaded.
In 1986 Unleaded petrol was introduced to enable new cars to operate with a device called a catalytic converter. This device was designed to help reduce car exhaust emissions.

The difference between Regular and Premium unleaded petrol is the research octane number (RON) of the petrol, which is the level of a fuels compression performance.
Premium unleaded has a higher RON and some new cars have a manufacturer’s recommendation to only use Premium unleaded.
Check your car manual to see which unleaded petrol is best for your car.

Unleaded Petrol has a RON of between 91 and 93.

Premium Unleaded Petrol (PULP) RON 95

PULP is a special blend of petrol designed to bring high octane, and hence high engine power, as well as knock- free performance to unleaded cars with a high-octane requirement. Many imported cars including turbo charged are designed to run on this higher RON fuel.

98 RON

98 RON is a high-octane unleaded fuel that maximizes engine power and performance, as well as producing less pollution. It is often used by some imported and high performance vehicles.
98 RON is promoted as providing excellent fuel economy, has a sulphur content which is 10 times lower than the national standard for unleaded fuels, and has low levels of benzene, sulphur and lower aromatics.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Day Spa for Your Car

Galmatic is excited to be stocking the premium car care product range Meguiars. Since 1901 Meguiars has been the number 1 choice for car enthusiasts around the world and is famous for creating a ‘best in class’ flawless finish for all car models, regardless of age!

Galmatic has put together some great car care packs to ensure that you are using products second to none on your gorgeous car!
Each pack comes in a beautiful Galmatic black calico tote bag and makes the perfect gift. With packs starting at just $20.00 there is sure to be the perfect one for you!


To celebrate the introduction of the Meguiars product range to Galmatic, we have a fabulous competition running. Everyone that purchases a Car Care pack in April goes into the running to win a gorgeous 24 piece mini tool kit, designed just for girls in an oh too cute pink pouch. Perfect to keep in the car boot, or at home for those last minute emergencies! Competition closes April 30th.

Car First Aid Kit

The Galmatic First Aid Kit is a must for the car glove box, for that little emergency like a small cut, to the unfortunate event of a car accident.
The kit comes in a red, hardwearing, zippered case embroided with a cross, immediately idetifying it as a First Aid Kit. This is perfect for strangers to easily find it in the case of an emergency. The kit contains everything that you will need for immediate roadside First Aid.
The Galmatic First Aid Car Kit is compiled by Trafalgar First Aid and complies with the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia and complies with the relevant Australian Standards where applicable.
Don't be caught in am emergency without one.

Friday, April 11, 2008

More Petrol for your Money

Fuel prices are a common topic in the media at the moment, so here are a few tips to help you minimise the amout of fuel you use and in turn maximise fuel efficiency, be kinder to the environment and save you money.

1. Make sure that you have the correct tyre pressure in your tyres. You can check this on your tyre placard which is most commonly located on the inside panel of the drivers door.

2. Do not carry excessive weight in your car. Keep your boot empty of things that you do not need.

3. Remove roof racks when not in use.

4. Keep your car serviced and change the oil regularly.

5. Accelerate at a moderate pace when you take off from the lights and drive consistently rather than accelerating and braking heavily

6. Use a higher Octane Petrol

Friday, April 4, 2008

Minimise Car Theft

As you know all carparks have those signs that say "park at own risk", but often we do not head the warning!

Here are a few tips to make your car less attractive to a car thief.

  1. Try to park close to other cars in the carpark, even if it means missing out on the shady spot in the corner of the carpark. A lone car is more open to being stolen.

  2. Keep your car clean on both the outside and inside. A washed car is less likely to be stolen.
    Always lock your car and take your keys.

  3. Do not leave anything in the car that is visible. THIS IS ESPECIALLY CRUCIAL IF YOU OWN A GPS. Remove all GPS holding devices from view. Thieves walk around looking for the circle imprint on windscreens and smash windows to find the GPS in the glove box.

  4. Money is a big draw card for thieves, do not leave any change in the console.
    If you are going to leave valuables in the boot of the car, put them in at home, not when you are already parked at your destination.

  5. If you have an alarm, remember to activate it.