Canterbury Motoring World: The Plague of Potholes!

In the UK, there is an average of one road defect, such as a pothole, for every 110 meters of road. A recent report in fact found that a third of all recorded vehicles damage is as a result of potholes. Therefore, here at Canterbury Motoring World we are sure that every single one of us has either seen a pothole or been affected by one!

Potholes are caused when moisture gets into the cracks in the road, which causes the cracks to expand when it freezes. They can be more than just a nuisance, they can also be a danger to cyclists and other road users, and they can also cause dampotholesage to cars. Our workshop technicians at Canterbury Motoring World say that hitting a pothole can in fact cause a number of wheel and tyre problems and in more severe cases, hitting a pothole can lead to drivers losing control of their vehicle. However, the good news is, which most are unaware about, is that you can claim for the damage caused by potholes.

So, what should you do if you hit a pothole?

Firstly, when safe to do so, stop the car and check for any immediate apparent damage to your wheels and tyres. If all is looking OK then continue your journey but if you notice a vibration, the car pulling to one side whilst you’re driving or the wheel doesn’t ‘center’ properly, then you should get your car checked over by a garage for tracking or steering damage.

Next step is to repo5600rt the pothole to the local authorities. Members of the public reporting potholes to the council is vital as it will get them repaired quicker and therefore prevent further incidents occurring to other people. Reporting a pothole is now easier than ever with many websites available where you can just type in the location of the pothole that you spotted!

Now for what you all really want to know! How do you claim for pothole damage?

Firstly you need to prove that it was in fact the pothole that caused the damage! The best way to do this is with pictures and to ask your mechanic to put it in writing. Next you’ll have to contact Highways England on 03001235000 or info@highwaysengland.co.uk and tell them exactly what the damage was, why you think Highways England is responsible for it, the specific location where the damage took place and finally the date and time of when the damage was caused! Highways England will then send you a damage report to fill in if they believe that you have a valid claim. In most circumstances you’ll receive a decision regarding your claim within 90 days!

Author: Rebecca McGinty

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Canterbury Motoring World: Why You Need to Check Your Tyre Pressure!

Here is Canterbury Motoring World’s top 5 reasons as to why having the correct tyre pressure is essential to your car!

  1. Saves Money – By keeping your tyres properly inflated throughout the yeatyresr could literally save you hundreds of pounds. The average person who drives their car around with under inflated tyres for over 10,000 yearly miles can be using up to 150 extra gallons of fuel than necessary.
  2. Lengthens the Life of the Tyre – Driving around on under inflated tyres can make them become a lot weaker due to them being under unnecessary stress and therefore will have to be replaced a lot more often.
  3. Safer Driving Conditions – If you think about it, your tyres hold the whole weight of your car so especially when driving at high speeds they are under a great deal of pressure. Under inflated tyres can be dangerous are they are more prone to skidding when stopping quickly and are also not great for driving in wet and icy conditions.
  4. Improve Fuel Usage – By having the correct air pressure in your tyres can improve your fuel mileage because when under inflated it causes unnecessary weight to be upon the tyre, resulting in more fuel being used.
  5. Environmentally Friendly – By your tyres having the correct air pressure in them and therefore not using as much fuel results in less carbon dioxide being emitted into the environment.

BUT beware as over inflation is also not good for your tyres as this can also reduce tyre life, cause steering problems and reduce the grip and safety of the tyres.

However, the good news is that it is easy to check your vehicle’s tyre pressure yourself! The correct pressure for your particular car, as all makes and models differ, can be found either in the car manual, printed on the inside ledge of the driver’s door or inside the petrol cap. Checking your tyre pressure yourself can be quick and SCA_TYRE_PRESSURE_WIP01_ONLINE_2.mp4_snapshot_01.46_2012.11.26_15.28.26easy, however
you will require an accurate pressure gauge but one of these can be picked up cheap enough on the high street or online.

So, how do you check them?

Simply take off the dust cap on the tyre valve, fix on your pressure gauge and take not of the result. It’s as easy as that! If you find that your tyre pressure is a little under inflated/ or over inflated, then there are air pump facilities provided in most petrol stations throughout the UK.

Author: Rebecca McGinty

Canterbury Motoring World Tips: How to Check and Change your Oil!

Our workshop technicians here at Canterbury Motoring World have said that one of the most common services your car will need is an oil and filter change. However, what many people don’t realise is that this is quite a simple service that you can in fact carry out yourself!

By changing your oil yourself, you will not only save money but you will also increase the life expectancy of your vehicle.

So, here at Canterbury Motoring World we wanted to help you out and have put together a step by step guide on how to change your car’s oil:

Step 1: If the engine of your car is cold then turn your car on for a few minutes in order to warm it up, but make sure you don’t leave it running for too long as you don’t want to burn yourself.

Step 2: Double check that you have then placed your car in park, put the handbrake on, switched the car off and removed the keys. The last thing you want is the car rolling away as you start to work on it!

Step 3: Next you want to locate the jacking point of your vehicle and raise your car up just on one side, for safety we advise using car jack stands.

Step 4: Once your car is raised of the ground you can then begin to drain the existing oil. In order to do this, you will have to place an oil drain pan underneath the drain plug then your car’s manual should help you to find it. You will need to use a soilocket wench to loosen the plug but then should be able to unscrew it easily enough by hand. Please note that the oil could be rather hot so we do recommend wearing some rubber gloves. Once all the oil has completely drained out, make sure you securely replace the drain plug.

Step 5: The next stage is replacing the oil filter. Be warned that when removing your oil filter some excess oil could spill out from the car so make sure the oil drain pan is underneath the oil filter to catch it. Once you have unscrewed the old oil filter and let it drain completely, wipe the opening with a paper towel. It is important to wear gloves throughout the process as next you have to dab your finger into the oil pan and run some oil just along the rim of the new oil filter before carefully screwing it into place.

Step 6: Double check that everything underneath your car is sealed and then it’s time to re-fill the vehicle with oil. In your car’s manual it should tell you how much is needed. To refill the oil, simply remove the cap, place a funnel inside the hole and pour until required amount has been reached. Then replace the cap and tighten by hand.

Step 7: Lastly you need to take off the car jack that you used to raise the car, turn the engine back on and let the car run for a few minutes. Then turn the car off again and using the dipstick method check that the oil is at the correct level. If it is then you are all done and have successfully changed your own oil and filter!

Please note that the dumping of motor oil in unapproved areas is an illegal offence so we insist that you take your old oil to your local auto parts store or petrol station where they shall either dispose of it for you or advise you on where you can take it.

Author: Rebecca McGinty

Canterbury Motoring World: What You Should Do If You Are Involved in a Car Accident

accidentWith more and more people passing their driving tests, it’s inevitable that there will be an increase in the number of cars on the road and therefore an increase in the risk of either being involved in or witnessing a car accident.

If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a car accident however big or small, Canterbury Motoring World wanted to let you know the few important things that you must do.

Remember: Immediately following the accident, the safety of yourself and those around you must take priority!

So, firstly, put on your hazard lights to make others aware of the situation and turn of your car engine. You must remain calm and assess the situation, in terms of level of damage or injuries so you can call the relevant emergency services if they are required. Then, next step is to report the incident and get help from the emergency services by calling 999. The information that they will want will be your contact details, the location of the incident and an accurate description of what has happened. If there are casualties on the scene, then they may want you to carry out basic first aid whilst being instructed by them over the phone.

Once all the above has been dealt with there are other pieces of information that you must remember to gather before leaving the scene, this information will mainly be needed for insurance purposes or to be used as evidence if you are making a claim/if a claim is made against you. The information we suggest you get is: date and time, location of incident, exact description of what happened, the contact details of all people involved including witnesses and if possible pictures of damage caused.

Remember, failing to stop and/or report any type of road incident is a criminal offence and can result in a fine from £5000 and between 5-10 penalty points.

On behalf of everyone at Canterbury Motoring World we hope that you never are involved in a car accident and remain safe on our roads.

Author: Rebecca McGinty

Canterbury Motoring World: Should you have a Dashboard Camera in your car?

Only in the past couple of years have we seen an increase in dashboard cameras being used in privately owned cars as well as by taxi companies, car leasing companies and other businesses. Here at Canterbury Motoring World we have looked into why people are deciding to invest in them and what you should be looking for in one when making your purchase.

So, what is the point in these dashboard cams?

  • They record accidents and therefore can be used in insurance battles to provide evidence over who was at fault.
  • They can improve your own driving skills as you can use the recordings as a way of reviewing your driving to make you a safer drive. By watching it back it would be easier to spot what common mistakes you make and if yo4bca4dd0-2b6b-477b-9053-bac2f2042704-2060x1236u know that you are being filmed this would subconsciously make you more cautious.
  • A good way of keeping an eye on your car whenever you lend it to someone. You can be rest assured that it is not being mistreated or you haven’t been lied to about the journeys that it will be used for.
  • The camera will also capture unexpected events that would otherwise go unseen by others. Have you ever seen something when out on the road and wish you had caught it on camera to show others?

Now we have convinced you that having a dashboard camera in your car would be pretty cool, Canterbury Motoring World want to give you some tips on what features to look out for when purchasing one as they come in a range of price, shape and size which can leave many confused about which is best!

  • Discreetness: the smaller the camera the better and usually black is the preferred colour as it won’t stand out so much in your car
  • Video Resolution: video quality is probably one of the most important factors as if the resolution of the camera is poor, then your recording will be poor
  • Night Video Quality: although you would normally have your headlights on when you are driving in the dark, it is still important to ensure your camera is able to record in a good standard of quality without the presence of natural sunlight
  • Date + Time Stamp: if you’ll be using the recordings for evidence purposes, then a date and time stamp is vital to make it validated
  • Auto On/Off: this means that your camera automatically starts recording when you turn the ignition key, therefore you don’t have to remember to turn it on or off and risk not capturing something

Author: Rebecca McGinty

Canterbury Motoring World’s Top Tips on Buying a Second Hand Car!

Canterbury Motoring World’s 5 top tips for when you’re buying a second hand car:

  1. First up is to do a HPI Check, this can be done at hpicheck.com and costs £19.99. A small price to pay though to make sure that the car that you are interested in buying has not been involved in an accident, that it hasn’t been stolen, that it is not an insurance write off and that it has no outstanding finance attached to it. You should ideally carry out the HPI check before you view the car, but if you are buying from a dealership such as Canterbury Motoring World we would have already carried it out for you!
  2. Next up you want to check the MOT history. This check is totally free and can be done at gov.uk/check-mot-history. Checking the MOT is important as motit can highlight any previous issues that the car may have had and is a good way of tracking the car’s mileage from back to moment
    of manufacture to ensure that the mileage reading being shown to you on the sales advert is correct.
  3. Thirdly you want to check the VIN number to make sure that the car has never been cloned, you’ll know its ok if the number matches up to both the HPI report and the V5C document. The vehicle identification number is also known as the chassis number and can be found in the bottom right hand side of the front windscreen as you look face onto the car.
  4. The V5C document is also known as the registration document or more commonly the log book. Every keeper of the vehicle would have been issued one. There v5are three key aspects of the V5C that you want to take note of. These are the serial number in the white circle at the top right hand side of the front page, the document reference number in the white box halfway up the front page and then the issue date on the bottom of the inside front page. You want to enter all these details into vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk to check that they all match and are therefore correct and belong to that particular car.
  5. Lastly, after all the practical checks have been completed there is one more big thing that you should do and that is to go with your gut and your heart. At the end of the day it will be YOU driving the car every day and it’ll be YOUR driveway that the car is parked on.

The above points aren’t meant to scare you off buying a second hand car as it may seem that there is a lot of hassle involved. However, when you buy from us here at Canterbury Motoring World  we can assist you with each step to ensure that before you hand over your hard earned money you are totally happy with your purchase.

Author: Rebecca McGinty

Canterbury Motoring World Reviews: Volkswagen Beetle Dune 2016

Here is the Canterbury Motoring World Review of the New Volkswagen Beetle Dune Buggy 2016:

Volkswagen have said that the Beetle Dune design was in fact based on the Baja Bug, which was an inexpensive modified version of the original VW Beetle that could operate off road, in open deserts, over sand dunes and across beaches back in the mid-1960s.

However, unlike its name suggests this Beetle can’t be doing any dune driving as it hasn’t got either 4-wheel drive or a fancy traction control system. But realistically, how mai139129ny of VW’s potential customers are planning dune hopping though in their brand new car? So I can think we can let them off as long as on tarmac it drives nice and smooth.

What are the differences between the Dune and the standard VW Beetle?

  • The suspension is taller having been raised by 10mm
  • It has a wider stance
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Complete interior makeover

Aesthetically Volkswagen have done a great job in my opinion! The LED taillights are cool and different, with the stickers down the side giving it a fun and unique feel. The new grille surround and the spoiler at the rear of the car make it look a lot sportier than the usual Volkswagen Beetle look that you would expect.

Personally, I am also very impressed with the interior of the Beetle Dune, its sharp and fresh looking with the exterior bronze bodywork carrying on along the dash and up the insides of the doors. The crisp yellow matching stitching on the seats and around the steering wheel are a great finishing touch.inside

In 2016, Volkswagen shall be offering the UK market the Beetle Dune in either a coupe or convertible model. We shall have the choice between a 1.2 litre petrol engine or a 2 litre diesel engine. There will also be a choice between having one with a manual or automatic gearbox.

To summarize, I think that the VW Beetle Dune is a great looking car, it’s fun and stylish, with a sporty look as well. Although Volkswagen are yet to disclose the price tag of the Beetle Dune, here at Canterbury Motoring World we expect it to be strong rival for cars such as the Mini convertible and the Fiat 500X, therefore we are assuming that it shall fall under a similar price range to these.

Author: Rebecca McGinty