Our school car park has become a dumping ground for old cars for some reason. It's important to get them removed quickly, as they are often in bad condition and can be dangerous for the kids and their families, as well as taking up a lot of our car parking spaces. We have a towing service that removes the cars from our car park quickly so that we can free up the spaces. This blog talks about the processing of getting cars towed off site and how to choose a towing service that is responsive to your needs as a school or business.
The colder weather can take its toll on a vehicle; because of this, you're far more likely to experience a car breakdown during the autumn and winter months. If you intend to use your car regularly during these seasons, it's important to begin making preparations now, before the chillier temperatures set in. Here are a couple of things you can do to prevent car trouble throughout this time of the year.
Learn how to use your jumper leads
Most drivers know how important it is to keep a pair of jumper leads in their boot during the colder seasons; the dampness and lower temperatures that occur during these periods of the year can wreak havoc with a car battery, even if it's relatively new and in good condition. However, very few car owners actually know how to use their jumper leads. If you fall into this category, it's a good idea to master this skill before your vehicle breaks down, rather than simply hoping that the other driver that's helping you will know how to use them.
After finding another vehicle owner with a car that has a fully charged battery, you'll need to park the two cars as close to each other as possible, without them actually touching. Switch off the ignitions in both vehicles and make sure that the handbrakes are on so that they don't start moving unexpectedly. Put one of the jumper cables' positive leads (the red ones which feature the plus sign) onto the positive terminal of the functional battery and the other end of this same lead onto the positive terminal of the flat battery.
After you've done this, put the negative lead (the black cables with a minus sign) onto the working battery's negative terminal and place the other side of this lead onto an earthing point (i.e. any visible bare metal component) on the broken-down car. The owner of the functioning car should then start their vehicle before you start yours and allow it to run for several minutes. Following this, both cars' engines should be switched off again and the leads should be removed in reverse order (that is, the black cables should be removed before the red ones).
Create an emergency kit that's designed specifically for the colder weather
It's crucial to ensure that the items in your car breakdown kit will be of use to you during the colder seasons. Just before the lower temperatures start to set in, re-evaluate your current collection and make a list of any items which you may need to add into it.
In addition to all of the things that can be left in the kit all year round (such as a warning triangle, a high-visibility vest, an empty fuel container and the contact details of your local tow truck company) you should also have a number of thick blankets and warm clothes; these will protect you from frostbite and hypothermia if you're stranded for several hours in the cold.
If you regularly travel through areas which are prone to snow during the winter months, it may also be sensible to pop some snow grips for your shoes, along with a shovel into your boot. The former will come in handy if you need to walk for some time to reach the nearest fuel station or phone booth, whilst the latter may be necessary if your car gets stuck in the snow. Lastly, make sure to keep a bottle of de-icer and a scraper in your kit, so that you can remove any build-up of ice on your windscreen.