Fastest Pothole Fix in London

fastest pothole fix in London It’s not a secret that every day more than half a million car enter central London. That makes any repair works quite difficult, especially when you need to shut down the whole road which makes drivers really angry and annoyed. However potholes tend to annoy drivers just as much, that is why a fast pothole Fix is a must in central London.  Here is a great video from Telegraph that shows that a pothole can be fixed in just under 3 minutes, without any loose of quality.

The full video can be found here.

victoria street pothole fixThe reporters from Telegraph spotted two community officers stop traffic on the busy street near Victoria Station on Friday to give the workmen a brief window to carry out a repair. The whole work has finished in just under 240 seconds and afterwards the traffic was set free again.

It has been stated that Westminster City Council put the fast work down to a new thermal road repair machine. The machine is able to heat up the tarmac in no time. However, a council spokesman confessed, when contacted by the Telegraph, that “even with our new technology in place, fixing a pothole in under five minutes might even be a record for the authority.”

Top 10 Most Hated Driving Habits in UK

Car AccessoriesThis week I want to speak about the most annoying driving habits that annoy most of the drivers in UK. I will look at the top 10 most hated driving habits and explain why people don’t really like them. Although if you are driving at least for a year you should know better 🙂 .

10. Red lights jumpers – People who are passing on red lights is the firs one on our irritating driving habits.

slow at traffic lights9. Slow at traffic lights – when you see a green light, you expect a car in front of you to drive straight away. It all comes down to patience doesn’t it? 🙂

8. Hesitant Driving – this usually referees to young or unexpended drivers that don’t have enough driving skills.

7. Undertaking – Undertaking or overtaking on the inside  refers to the practice of overtaking a slower vehicle on a road using the lane that is kerb side of the vehicle being passed; that is to say, a lane to the left of the vehicle in countries where driving is on the left, or a lane to the right of the vehicle in countries where driving is on the right.

6. Braking – last minute braking can cause a collision, especially on traffic light. This point is closely related to Tailgating as well.

5. Hog in the middle – please note that the middle lane or the third lane shouldn’t be used for driving.

Dangerous overtaking4. Dangerous overtaking – a very close overtaking of another car is not only annoying but also dangerous, especially when travelling at a fast speed.

3. Failing to indicate – drivers that don’t indicate their manurers irritate 32% of drivers.

2. Tailgating – this habit annoys 42% of drivers on the roads.  So if you don’t want to annoy drivers to much please keep the distance between the car in front of you at the reasonable level.

1mobile-phone-driving. Mobile Phone use – This is considered as the most hated driving habit for UK drivers, it annoys 47% of British drivers. Furthemore using mobile phone whilst driving is against the law. It might be why this is the reason why it annoys so many drivers. I personally don’t see how this can be annoying, as it doesn’t affect me in any way (or any other drivers).

Roger Griggs of Kwik Fit, said: ‘These driving habits are not just annoying, they are dangerous and some of them are against the law. You are four times more likely to have an accident if you use a mobile phone while driving. With on-the-spot fines for motorists who hog the middle lane, tailgate or cut up other vehicles, it highlights how serious these anti-social driving behaviours are being taken.’

Hope you have enjoyed reading though the top 10 most hated driving habits in UK. What are your hated driving habits, are there any that are still not on the list? Please let me know in the comments section. And please come back son for more exciting news about cars and car accessories.

Electric Cars Have to Make More Noise

electric cars will have to make more noiseAccording to the new legislation of European Parliament all electric cars have to generate more noise in order to become safer for all pedestrians, this particularity applies to cars with a low visual recognition.

MEPs commission has agreed that in the nearest future all electric vehicles must be fitted with special devices to make them “sound similar” to cars with combustion engines. This will help pedestrians to recognise a similar car sound and avoid potential road accident. This move has been welcomed and approved by most campaigners.

It’s interesting that MEPs have also voted on a special act to increase the noise emission standard. Which means that all cars, vans, buses and lories will actually have to generate less sound for noise reduction “pollution” purposes.

sound pollutionThis law is currently on the finalisation stage and is about to be stamped by the European Council. Under the revised rules, new models of electric and hybrid vehicles will have to make a noise by 2019 and all new electric and hybrid cars must be audible by 2021.

This particular legislation has been welcomed by the UK charity Guide Dogs for the Blind – which campaigned for the change. It’s not a secret that blind people rely on sounds more than anyone else.

However, with the number of quiet cars increasing all the time, it said the 2021 deadline was too late and this legislation should take place sooner.

Please come back soon for more news on electric cars and different type of vehicles and car accessories. Hope you have enjoyed reading my article on the electric cars that have to make more noise.

Best and Worst Drivers in UK

Best and Worst Drivers in UK Have you ever wondered who are the best & worst drivers in United Kingdom? Here is some great statistical information for you on UK drivers in 2012 (the latest that I could get). The statistic shows that Smethwick has the highest ration of banns across UK, making it 0.77% of total 20,914 drivers in this city, meaning 160 were banned.

Best Drivers in UK

Harpenden in Hertfordshire has the best drivers in UK. Out of the 23,347 auto owners there, only 19 picked up a ban in 2012 – which only stands for 0.08% Harpenden was closely followed by Rayleigh in Essex, which had 20 out of 22,606 drivers banned back in 2012 ( stands for 0.09%). Our capital (London) has gained highest total of drivers banned in 2012, at 9,336. However, with almost 2,497,931 drivers holding licences in the London, the percentage figure is only 0.37% which is quite small.

Worst Drivers in UK

Location No. of licence holders No. banned in 2012 % banned in 2012
Smethwick 20,914 160 0.77%
West Bromwich 26,101 191 0.73%
Barking 22,591 164 0.73%
Nelson 23,942 162 0.68%
Bradford 166,171 1084 0.65%
Tipton 20,736 131 0.63%
Merthyr Tydfil 26,153 163 0.62%
Peterhead 21,872 131 0.60%
Wishaw 21,769 130 0.60%
Dagenham 51,576 308 0.60%

This map here will give you an idea about where those good and bad drivers are located:
Best and Worst Drivers in UK - UK MAP

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New Stealth Cameras for UK Motorways

standard speed cameras in UKHave you already heard about the New Stealth Cameras for UK Motorways ? Well if you haven’t here’s some information for you, and trust me, you won’t be very excited or happy about it.
The new stealth cameras are about to be installed to catch motorists who exceed the limit of 70mph on a variety of UK motorways. The main reason why they are called stealth is because they won’t be so visible for drivers, as will have a dark grey colour rather than as standard yellow. For the first time ever the highways are about to be loaded with those cameras.

According to highway agency the new cameras will help to reduce road accidents as driver will proceed with more caution. But from my point of few I don’t see it happening as cameras will be literally invisible for drivers, especially when driving over 70mph, so I don’t really see how that can stop any potential driver from slowing down. Some people suggest that those new stealth cameras are not so much about road safety but about generating income hough fines.

A spokesman of British Alliance Drivers stated that:New Stealth Cameras for UK Motorways

“We are opposed to speed cameras in general. The evidence of their success in promoting safety is not good and in reality what is happening now is that the police are using speed cameras to fund their other activities through speed awareness courses. If these cameras are grey rather than yellow they are going to be harder to spot and so will have no impact in slowing traffic down. If there is a good reason for the traffic to be slowed down then the cameras need to be as visible as possible.”

And I as a UK driver completely agree with that statement. So what do you think about the new Cameras across UK motorways, will they have an impact on rad safety?

Cars at Risk from Computer Hackers

Cars at Risk from Computer HackersHow safe is your car? Well if you are using any modern computers in your car accessories than it probably is not as save as you would imagine, as those kind of Cars are at high risk from Computer Hackers. This warning was pointed out at the 2013 Consumer Entertainment Show by Harman company.

Almost every modern car has a set of electronic control units, those units not only control the information displays but also operate such crucial car parts as engine, brakes, transmission and so on. If a potential hacker can hack into the Electronic Control Units, he can then manipulate with any physical or electronic devices of your car.

A car like a BMW 3 Series has around 35 Electronic Control Units, according to Harman, the company, which develops connectivity services for many manufacturers. With a high-end model like the 7 Series, the number of ECUs can be as high as 140.

is your car protected from hackers“It is already a serious problem, the infrastructure of many cars was not designed with networking in mind. Now that they are connected to the internet their level of exposure is very different. A cyber attacker can take control of critical vehicle functions, and unless we can make them secure the increasing levels of connectivity are going to make it worse.” says Harman’s president of infotainment, Sachin Lawande.

Harman company are in the process of developing a special type of a software barrier  that will not prevent hackers from accessing in-car connectivity features but will stop them from being able to attack the important Electronic Control Units. You may lose your internet, navigation or audio, but not the car’s operating and safety systems, which will potentially save your life.

It is expected to see that kind of technology in place in a few years time – 2016-2017.

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What Happened With Michael Schumacher?

Michael Schumacher Skiing accidentIf you are looking for all the in-depth information on Michael Schumacher skiing accident all in one place – you will find it in this post. Michael Schumacher has won 7 World Championships during his racing career. Michael Schumacher is known as the most popular racer ever preforming on this planet.

Michael-Schumacher-skiing-pathOn 29th of December 2013 Michal Schumacher had an accident while skiing off-piste in Alps (Meribel, France). This accident site was only meant for really good skiers and wasn’t made for general public. It has been pointed out that Schumacher felt whilst trying to help his friend. At the moment the 7x World Champion remains in an artificially-induced coma in hospital. He is in a critical but stable condition and it is believed that his life was saved by his skiing helmet, which split on impact.

The following message was posted on Michael Schumacher’s website “Following Michael’s skiing accident, we would like to thank the people from all around the world who have expressed their sympathy and sent their best wishes for his recovery. They are giving us great support”.

 

 

After the accident, which happened while Schumacher was skiing with his family, rescuers were on hand within minutes. The driver, who turns 45 on Friday, was initially conscious before deteriorating into a critical condition. He was airlifted to Grenoble hospital, where neurosurgeons have operated twice to remove blood clots on the brain and reduce swelling. So today Michael turns 45-years-old whilst being in coma. People all over the world are sending best wishes to Michael and his family and hope that he will recover soon.

Michael Schumacher skiing with helmetDoctors have said the impact caused numerous brain injuries including intracranial hematomas (multiple blood clots), bilateral lesions and bruising of the brain. An initial operation carried out on Sunday to reduce swelling was followed by a second to remove the largest of a number of clots in his brain. Jacqueline Hubert, the Grenoble hospital’s director general, said on Tuesday that his condition had started to improve.

Schumacher retired from F1 for the final time in 2012 after a three-season comeback with Mercedes. Schumacher, who also raced for Jordan, Benetton and Ferrari, won the last of his world titles in 2004. He won two with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before moving to Ferrari and winning five in a row from 2000. The German has 91 career wins.

Get well Michael Schumacher and Happy Birthday!

How to Choose a Pefect Dog Crate?

dog cage

Dog crate

Traveling with your pet is a great idea, especially if you have everything setup and ready. But if don’t, it might be the right time for you to consider a perfect dog crate. Dog cages come in different size and materials they are made of, so it is up for you to decide which one suits your needs more. Most importantly, you need to know how big is your dog, as you don’t want to end up buying an unsuitable dog cage.  Here is a perfect table for you to compare the right dog size and dog crate:

Cage Size Dog Weight Breed Example
18″x18″ or
18″x24″
Under 24 lbs Under 30 lbs Chihuahua
24″x18″ or 24″x24″ Under 30 lbs Under 38 lbs Affenpinscher, Cairn Terrier, Havanese, Japanese Chin, Maltese
24″x30″ or 24″x36″ Under 40 lbs Under 40 lbs Cocker Spaniel, Australian Terrier, Basset Hound, Bichon Frise, Boston Terrier
30″x24″ or 30″x30″ 0-40 lbs 40-50 lbs American Eskimo Dog, American Staffordshire Terrier, Basenji, Beagle, Brittany Spaniel
36″x24″ or 36″x30 40-60 lbs 50-60 lbs American Pit Bull Terrier, Australian Cattle Dog, Border Collie, Bull Terrier, Dalmatian, Old English Sheepdog
42″x30″ or 42″x36″ 80-100 lbs 80-100 lbs Airedale Terrier, Alaskan Malamute, American Bulldog, Boxer, Briard, Malinois, Tervueren
48″x24″ or 48″x30″ 80-90 lbs 80-100 lbs Airedale Terrier, Alaskan Malamute, Boxer, Briard, Dalmatian, Malinois, Tervueren
48″x36″ Up to 100 lbs Afghan, Akita, Bloodhound, Borzoi, Chinook, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd,
60″x36″ or 72″x36″ 100-150 lbs150-180 lbs Akita, Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bullmastiff, Great Dane, Great

Secondly, you need to decide what material would be more suitable for your dog and car, there are quite a few you can consider:

Wire Cages:

Mostly used for dogs that get hot easily. Those dog cages tend to be quite noisy and it can become pretty hard to move the cage around the car, especially if the dog is heavy.

Plastic Crate:

Suitable for dogs who like cozy spaces, those crates are available in different colors, however the air conditioning is pretty bad and visual field is quite limited as well. You can find more information on dog cages right on the top of our website.

Please feel free to comment on our dog crates article and share your thoughts.

Keep Your Pets Safe with Dog Divider

Keeping your pets safe when traveling with your car has always been a major issues for most car and pets owners. In one of our latest blog posts we described a device called dog guard, which prevents items from falling from the boot of your car up front. In this post post we are going to talk about a special car accessory that divides your car boot into two separate areas – divider (also known as car divider or dog diver).

car divider

A perfect car accessory

Car divider is a special boot construction that reliably separates your boot into two equal sections.

Car dividers are mainly used by dog/pets owners that want to separate their pets from one another, or to separate their baggage area from pets area. This helps to secure the baggage in place as well as to assure that your pet won’t get any injuries. Keep in mind that some high quality dividers are only available with dog guard already installed.

Things to consider when buying a dog divider.

Is it made out of a high quality material?Will it actually make your car a safer place?
Is it flexible?
Will it fit my car?
Will I have to modify my car to instal a car divider?
Is the color suitable?
How easy is it to install this device?

Those are the main questions you should be asking yourself when contemplating on buying a car divider. Please come back next week for more exciting materials on different car accessories.

Do I need a Bumper Protector?

Bumper Protector

Example of bumper protector from Travall

Bumper Protectors can become an essential part of you car accessories. Bumper Protectors will help you to avoid unnecessary scratches, marred or dented in outside and inside parking. And sometimes it is not even about parking, as you might have a smallish accident on the road as well. So bumper protectors are designed to avoid any kind of surface damage.

Bumper Protectors aka Bumper Guards are widely used all over the world, especially in United Kingdom and US. Choosing the right can can be tricky, so I will help you to consider some bits before going and buying one.

1. Make sure you choose a vehicle specific bumper guard, as not all of them are actually unique and fit any cars at all.

2. Quality is the key – your new bumper protector needs to have an average to high quality criteria. Those with high quality are usually made of ABS plastic. If you go for a cheap one, there is a chance that your surface will get damaged even with a bumper protector on on it.

3. Road noise – you definitely don’t want to hear any kind of noise whilst travailing. Make sure your bumper guard doesn’t create any extra road noise.

4. DIY – keep in mind that an easy “do it yourself” fitment is a must for a bumper protector, as you don’t want it to fall of right on the next corner.

Hopefully, this small guide helped you to decide whether you need a bumper protector or not.  Please come back soon for more car accessories related articles and materials.