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What To Do With The Car When Making Your Move

What To Do With The Car When Making Your Move

Effective planning is essential for any move but a lot of people tend to forget that it’s not just the possessions in the home that you have to deal with, it’s also your car. For long-distance moves, the question of what to do with your vehicle can be a tough one, indeed. However, here we’re going to look at your options, the pros and cons of each, and how to find which one is right for you in the end.

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Driving it yourself

You can always decide to drive your car yourself and, indeed, it might be the option that most people think they would prefer, at first. However, if you have two or more cars, you might have trouble finding someone willing to make that drive for you. You also need to consider the costs of making the trip. Not only do you have fuel to pay for, but such long journeys are going to take a lot out of the car, meaning you might have to pay for things like oil changes and brake pads much sooner than you would otherwise. The amount of time spent driving is important, too, you have to ensure you drive safely and if you haven’t done long-distance driving before, it can be hard to guarantee that to yourself.

Have someone take it for you

Perhaps one of the most reliable options of all, if you’re not planning on traveling in the car yourself, it’s usually more cost-effective and a lot safer for the vehicle itself if you simply have someone transport it for you. When you work with businesses like carsrelo.com, you’re usually splitting the overall costs of the transport with the other cars that are being relocated at the same time. What’s more, the trip isn’t going to cause any more wear and tear to the car itself, since it’s secured in place, not actually running on the road. If you can keep on top of the organization alongside the other aspects of planning your move, relocation might be a good idea.

Sell it and buy a new one

This option is the one that’s likely to get chosen least of all because it’s only really a good idea for those who fit a specific set of circumstances. If your move is especially long-distance, taking you from one side of the country to the other or even to another country, then it might be a good idea to sell it, since transporting it can be much more of a hassle than simply buying a new one. With websites like agnewcars.com, it’s easier than ever to get a quick sale of your car, even if you aren’t always going to get the best possible deal for it. Then you can buy a new car when you land on the other side.

For such an expensive and important asset as your car, you want to ensure that you get your plans together as soon as possible. Hopefully, outlining the options above does help you get a better idea of what to do, but the final decision is yours.

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The Roadblocks In Your Mind: Getting Over Your Fear Of Driving

The Roadblocks In Your Mind: Getting Over Your Fear Of Driving

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It is essential now. Wherever you are, you’ve got to drive in order to get anywhere on time. And whether you’ve been driving for a while and your technique is a little rusty, or you haven’t been driving for a while, but now it has become a necessity, when there are certain anxieties associated with getting behind the wheel this can cloud our ability to drive but also put us off driving for life. When we have a fear of driving, it is not necessarily about one single component, but we’ve got to figure out the reasons why we have driving anxiety. So let’s provide you with a plan of action to get yourself on the road again.

The Reasons For A Fear Of Driving

To be fair, there is no one-size-fits-all reason why people develop a fear of driving. Some people have a fear of driving stem from a bad experience or a fear of accidents. Fear of accidents or “dystychiphobia” usually covers people who avoid every situation that increases their risk of physical danger. And while you may think about the fact that a car accident could cause scoliosis or could result in a life-threatening injury, there can be a combination of anxieties. Reasons people fear driving can be down to claustrophobia in the vehicle or performance anxiety. When you start to break down the reasons for your fear of driving, you can start to tackle these problems one by one.

Tackling The Symptoms

We have to remember that while we’ve got reasons why we’re scared of driving, they can manifest themselves in specific symptoms. It all depends on the person, but some can feel dizzy, short of breath, confused, or even have heart palpitations. While some people might not experience these types of symptoms, if you have any of these, it could be solved with medication or counseling to address an underlying issue. There are general tips that can help. For example, managing your stress is a simple way to reduce symptoms of anxiety. If you are someone who quickly gets anxious, getting behind the wheel of a car can be one of the most stressful situations.

Stress management encompasses so many different components, but there are specific techniques that can help people that have a fear of driving. For example, there are driver hypnosis courses that can help you to break down the mysticism of being behind the wheel. As well as this, there are desensitization techniques that involve putting yourself into situations that trigger anxiety symptoms. From the perspective of a driver, getting into a car with the engine running could be the first step. When we start to consider our symptomatic reactions, we can then begin to undertake the appropriate course of therapy. Using therapeutic techniques like desensitization can take a long time to go from one stage to the next, but you’ve got to remember that you are always progressing in the right direction.

What If It’s Impossible To Overcome?

We can pinpoint our problems to a handful of specific situations behind the wheel, and we may worry that we’ll never get over a fear of driving. We’ve got to remember that if it’s too much, we shouldn’t force it. When we cause unnecessary stress for ourselves, this results in a feeling of danger for the people in the vehicle and can cause dangers for other people on the road.

You have to remember that if confidence is the underlying issue, there are ways for you to help yourself back to driving with a more proactive mindset. Having a few lessons with an instructor, especially if you’ve not driven for years, can be the perfect way to bring back that muscle memory. Or if you’ve got a particular fear behind the wheel, for example, driving on the freeway, you need to build up your resilience. Going from driving to the end of your street and back is the first step, and gradually you can start to cover more distance. As soon as you begin to build up your confidence you could look at driving near the freeway and seeing what people do to get on it safely, but also there’s a lot to be said for looking at other idiots on the road. When we are so scared of driving, but some people are going from A to B without issue, it can fill us with a bit more confidence. 

We have to remember that it’s normal to feel some sense of driving anxiety, but it’s not something that should stay with us for life.

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Refresh Your Safe Driving Technique This Winter

Refresh Your Safe Driving Technique This Winter

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We spend a lot of time in our cars, especially over the holidays as we travel to visit relatives. But how many of us have bothered to brush up on our technique since first passing our tests? Things are changing all the time on the roads, so refreshing your memory on best practice is massively helpful. It can also save you money, as a lot of safer driving techniques also use less fuel, making them good for you, your family and the planet. Safer drivers can also benefit from lower car insurance premiums, especially if you opt for ‘black box insurance’, which monitors your driving patterns using telematics software, installed via a GPS tracker or sometimes an app on your smartphone. It’s the same technology used by fleet management services for driver safety training, and can save you a lot of money. So, how do you make sure you’re driving safely this winter?

Stick To A Sensible Speed

Speed is one of the easiest factors for any driver to control, and it’s also the one that makes the most difference when trying to drive more safely and fuel-efficiently. Speed is named as the most common factor in fatal road accidents, so you must take care to alter the speed you do to take note of things like the road and the weather conditions. At this time of year, you’re more likely to be driving in challenging conditions such as heavy rain, sleet, storms or snow and ice, so really take a moment to adjust your speed down and if your vehicle has a speed limiter consider using that so you don’t accidentally creep up. It’s also a good idea to do a winter safety check on your car before setting off.

Minimise Distractions

When we pay attention to anything other than the road ahead, we are compromising our focus and introducing danger into our ride. Although driving while talking on a handheld phone or while texting are now against the law in a lot of places, research suggests it’s just as dangerous – although not illegal – to take a hands-free telephone call on the road. It’s a better idea to switch your phone into flight mode while driving so that you can’t be distracted by incoming calls. If you have small children, backseat squabbling can also be dangerous, so make sure to pack plenty of activities, games or a movie for them to watch on a tablet – you can get car activity trays for kids or tablet holders to stop them dropping it.

Take Regular Breaks

If you have a long journey to make, you need to ensure that you factor in enough breaks along the way. Research shows that the tiredness levels of a driver following just a few hours of night-time journeying has the same effect as being over the drink-driving limit. If you’re sleepy, your reaction times suffer and your decision making is impaired. So make it a priority to stop and stay hydrated regularly throughout any long journey.

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Seven Driving Tips to Keep You Safe On The Road

Seven Driving Tips to Keep You Safe On The Road

Being on the roads is an adventure. No one goes out driving and believe that they aren’t free; the long highways and the chance to move as you please makes you freer than if you were on public transport. The only issue with driving is that you are responsible not only for yourself, but the lives of others on the road. You are responsible for ensuring that you are safe on the road, and if every driver does this, there’s a better chance everyone can remain safe and drive without incident. 

Unfortunately, there are a select few out there who drive like maniacs, completely ignoring the safety rules of the road and the importance of protecting others who are driving alongside them. Being in your car means being in charge of a large machine and moving it from place to place without hitting anyone or putting yourself in danger. It is for this reason that you need to familiarize yourself with road safety at least once a year. 

So, let’s take a look at seven driving tips to help you to remain as safe as possible on the road. 

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Keep Your Eyes Open For Blind Spots

Being on the road means that you need to be constantly focused on what you are looking at. It’s not just what’s in front of you, but your peripheral vision, too. What do you notice as you drive? Can you see anything that impairs your vision? Visibility is necessary in the prevention of road accidents, and if you are mindful of blind spots you can avoid this happening. You can do this by:

  • Changing lanes as little as possible
  • Check your side mirrors very regularly
  • Get to know the blind spots in terms of trees/nature and trucks ahead in the road

If you are blind on the road, you’re more likely to have accidents and either harm yourself or harm others. If you are in an accident because of a blind spot, a car accident lawyer can explain your options to you. There are blind spots everywhere, so it’s up to you to do what you can to see and be seen on the road. Don’t close your eyes to blind spots when these are what can affect you on the road.

Mind Your Distances

You must always keep a safe distance from other cars, which is the idea of a braking distance. You need to be able to brake without smashing into someone else, and you need to be able to do it safely. Driving is a skill in which you learn how to be safe and stop at safe distances through your lessons. When you are learning, you rely on someone else to tell you when to stop so that you can stop safely. When you are qualified, it’s up to you to know how far you are from someone else. Keep yourself – and everyone else – safe by braking at a safe distance, and even further back in wet or icy weather.

Don’t Be Distracted

Music is a wonderful thing, but even the most experience drivers often prefer to leave the music off. Distractions cause delayed reactions, and distracte driving is a leading cause of road accidents. Those in larger vehicles need to be as vigilant as possible on the road even more so than regular cars. 

Listening to music, talking on the phone, eating while driving and smoking are all distractions – none of these will ensure you’re 100% safe on the road, and that’s the goal. Be vigilant.

And under no circumstances, Please, DO NOT text and drive! It’s not only the worst distraction from driving safe, but it’s illegal in most areas.

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Five Tips When Driving To Avoid Car Damage

Five Tips When Driving To Avoid Car Damage

Being able to drive is a luxury that many of us have, and it certainly does make living a little easier, especially if we rely on commuting to and from work or needing a car to go on holiday or to see family. However, not everyone is as safe and careful when driving when they should be. Cars are expensive to purchase and to maintain or fix, so it’s worth considering these five tips when driving to avoid car damage.

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Know Your Speed Limits

When it comes to your speed, it’s good to always be aware of the speed limits that are on the road. You may be fairly confident with regular routes, but it’s worth doing a bit of road research when traveling somewhere new. Check out the route you are taking beforehand and what the specific speed limits are for that road. 

Stay A Safe Distance Behind And In Front Of Cars

A lot of accidents are often caused by being too close to other cars and so when sudden brakes or turns happen that you don’t expect, the response time can often be too late. As a rule of thumb, ensure that you can still see the license plate of the car in front of you. If someone is driving too close to you from behind, then give way to ensure that they aren’t going to cause you any damage as a result of driving too close.

Store Your Car Under Shelter

Whether it’s a used Vauxhall Adam or a brand new Land Rover, you should always try to store your car under shelter. That goes for when you’re at home, i.e. a garage or parking in a public space. Public parking may be a little more difficult, but if there are any free spots that have shelter above it, then it’s worth choosing that as a place to park, rather than somewhere that’s out in the open. From a security viewpoint, it’s also beneficial to park within eyesight of a CCTV camera.

Be Aware Of Those Around You

As mentioned above, being wary of drivers is key. Not everyone is going to be as careful as a driver as you are, and accidents do happen. It is important, therefore, to be aware of everything going on around you. Keep an eye on your wing mirror and rear-view mirror at all times to make sure that you are doing everything you can to maintain a safe distance from other drivers. Look out for pedestrians who often have a bad habit of running across without the go-ahead of the traffic lights.

Take Away Any Distractions

And lastly, distractions within the car are a big no-no. Using your phone or getting distracted in other ways like changing the music station or having passengers in the car are all worth avoiding. 

Hopefully, with these tips, you can keep the risk of accidents or car damage to a minimum. Accidents do happen, but hopefully, most can be avoided with these precautions.

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Car Safety Tips

Car Safety Tips

When you’ve been driving for a while, it can be all too easy to fall into lazy habits. Waiting a bit too long to get your service done. Skipping out on getting that light on the dash sorted out. Perhaps not checking that the car seats are correctly fitted… an endless list maybe? Well, even if you have never been in an accident and in fact are an incredibly safe driver you still need to perform necessary safety checks on your vehicle. For example, how would you feel if your airbags didn’t deploy? Devastated.

So here are a few tips for you when it comes to car safety.

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Seatbelts

A correctly fitted seat belt will save your life most of the time. But the amount of people who don’t wear them correctly, or don’t fix twists in them is pretty high. The Traffic Highway Safety Administration says that 15,000 lives are saved each year just by a properly fitted seat belt. Don’t be tempted to tuck your seatbelt under your armpits, or avoid the crossbody strap. During a collision the seatbelt will spread to force across your body, protecting your vital organs and spinal cord.

Car Seat

Poorly fitted car seats can be deadly. If you haven’t read the manual, then you simply shouldn’t be driving with your children in the car. Each age range has a specially designed car seat that will be able to protect their bodies during an accident. They provide support and protection in a way that shouldn’t be underestimated. It is advised that children should remain rear-facing for as long as possible. There are height and weight limits that you should take into account to. If you are in doubt, then go to a specialist fitter.

Multitasking is Asking For Trouble

Sipping hot coffee, eating and hold the wheel with one hand, text, reaching in your bag… all of these things most people are guilty of. You are lucky that you haven’t had an accident due to this. Switch your phone notifications off, or active driving mode – so that you will not be disturbed and tempted to pick up your mobile phone. If you are hungry then pull over and eat, if you are thirsty then try to have a cup with a straw which requires less attention. If you feel distracted simply pull over when you can do so safely.

Bike Aware

Due to the speed and size of motorbikes, it is easy to miss them. If you are by a bike rider or cyclist, then make sure you give them enough room as your safely pass or provide them with enough room to move by you. When you are making turns, even on roads you know, you should ‘think twice, think bike’ and give a second look. Yes, this might frustrate drivers behind you, but it could be the reason you don’t hit a motorcyclist.

People Focus

More often than you would like to think, people will step out from behind cars, directly into the road. Be vigilant when you are in typically high foot traffic areas.

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Driving Dilemmas: Five Issues For New Drivers to Overcome

Driving Dilemmas: Five Issues For New Drivers to Overcome

There’s nothing quite like driving to give you true independence. You can go where you want, when you want. There’s no waiting around on unreliable public transport or friends and family to give you lifts. No need to walk for miles in the rain in bad weather, you can hop into your car and everything is much quicker and more convenient. But there are some challenges to being a driver too, here are five issues most new drivers will need to overcome at some time or another.

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Costs

The biggest issue that most new drivers will overcome is the cost. We’re all told how driving isn’t cheap, but it’s not until you come to get on the road yourself that you realise how true that is. You have to buy a vehicle, insure it, tax it and have it MOTed and serviced each year. You have to replace parts when they go wrong, and pay for fuel. Even smaller costs such as car washes can add up and aren’t something you initially include in your budget. The best thing you can do when you’re still taking your lessons is save up. Have some money in the bank to cover these costs, it will be much easier to get onto the roads after passing if you do.

Fear

You might feel confident driving with your instructor on lessons, but once you pass you’re on your own. You come up against situations you’ve never seen before, and it can really be quite scary. Start small and build up your confidence. Drive with an experienced driver in the passenger seat who can give you help if needed. Drive around places that are quieter at less  busy times of day and then work your way up from there.

Car maintenance and checks

You’ll have been given some general advice about how to maintain and check your car when you learned to drive. This includes checking lights, fluids and tyres. Make it a habit to do these checks and keep your car in the best condition possible. Find out things like the tyre pressure from your car’s handbook so when it comes to filling the tyres it’s quick and easy. Even putting in fuel can be diffficult at first if it’s something you’ve never done, but know that you will adapt.

Breaking down

Breaking down is scary for anyone, especially if it’s the first time it’s happened to you. If you’re able to, move your car to the side of the road. Put on your hazard lights, and place a warning triangle at least forty five meters away from your vehicle (don’t use warning triangles on motorways). Get out of your car and get to a safe place out of the road, and then call your breakdown company. If you’ve broken down in a dangerous place that’s obstructing traffic, you will need to call the police first.

Accidents

Accidents can be really scary. In an accident, you need to keep as calm as possible and make sure you’re getting all of the relevant information from the other driver- their name, telephone number and insurance details. Take pictures, and see if there’s any CCTV around which you might need to use at a later date. If the accident wasn’t your fault and you were injured, get legal advice from Hupy and Abraham as you may be entitled to compensation. If you believe the driver was acting dangerously or could have been intoxicated, call the police at the scene.

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