Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Keep your car fire safe

As the weeks start to heat up, fire awareness becomes a priority in Australia. We check the batteries in our home fire alarms, we have fire drills at work where the fire warden gets to wear their yellow fire hat and high - vis vest and we watch the devastation that bush fire causes on the news; we do not however always take simple precautions to safeguard our homes and cars.

For your car

  1. Smoking in a car is a fire hazard. Do not butt out cigarettes in the ashtray; rather keep a water bottle half filled with water in the car and throw your butts in there. The water will distinguish the butt, the lid will prevent any spillage and the bottle is then easy to dispose

  2. Do not keep petrol or other flammable liquids in the boot of the car

  3. If you park your car in a garage or under a carport, keep the gutters free of leaves and debris Keep a fire extinguisher in the car. You will need a dry chemical powder extinguisher as they are non conductive. Do not use water on an electrical/fuel fire. Extinguishers are available from hardware stores and car care stores and are safe to store in the car

  4. Keep a well stocked First Aid Kit in the car for any emergencies. We have a fabulous one that is perfect for the car or kitchen www.galmatic.com/products.html

Friday, October 3, 2008

Should I slam on the brakes?

You have probably heard of the acronym ABS, which stands for – Anti Lock Braking System, but do you know how to correctly use ABS brakes and what these brakes actually do?

ABS prevents your wheels from locking when you apply pressure to the brakes and prevents a car from skidding. The computer system senses if a wheel is about to skid and temporarily releases the brake pressure on the wheel. Brake pressure is reapplied until the wheel is about to skid again.

When you’re in an emergency situation in a car with ABS brakes; keep your foot hard on the pedal for as long as you need to miss the obstacle. The ABS will prevent you from skidding, the pedal will feel like it is pulsing lightly and the brakes will make a lot of noise.

As an ABS equipped car will not skid during emergency braking, the wheels continue to rotate, which means you can still steer; increasing your chances of missing the obstacle in front.

In normal braking conditions ABS work like ordinary brakes. Apply pressure smoothly, steadily increasing the force until you stop.

Are you a backseat Kisser?

Lots of kissing happens in cars. Lots of babies have been made in cars too!
Now you may think that you have the car smooch down pat; but it wouldn’t hurt to read on just in case you learn a trick or two.

Hot and steamy kissing in the car always fogs the windows, so remember to roll down an inch of each window; it will help your warm breath to escape from the car.

Always turn off the engine and put on the handbrake. Put the car into ‘Park’ if it’s automatic or into gear for a manual.
Invite your honey into the backseat where there is less chance of releasing the handbrake and catching body parts into the steering wheel.
Don’t park in secluded backstreets or deserted car parks. Yes you will have privacy, but so will anyone coming to rob you.
Lock the doors; it will stop nasty surprise guests.
Not going straight home after your raundevu? A smudged lipstick emergency kit is essential! Mints, tissues, wet ones, toothbrush are all a must. Grab the perfect pre-prepared kit from the Galmatic website: Car Kissing Kit.