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|Posted on May 14, 2013 at 4:32 AM||comments (24)|
The Origin of the Peugeot Car
The Peugeot car is a masterpiece in design, with performance unlike any other vehicle on the market today. Whether you own a diesel or petrol fueled Peugeot, there is no doubt you feel blessed and proud to be the owner of this type of vehicle, but did you know it has a rich history you can be proud of as well?
The Peugeot History
The Peugeot brand is one of the oldest brands on the market for cars today; however, when the business first began, its work had little to do with car parts. The business actually began as a manufacturer or coffee, salt, and pepper grinders in 1842. From there, they began manufacturing steel rods, umbrella frames, and wire wheels.
It wasn’t until 1889 when Armand Peugeot led the company in an effort to begin designing the first Peugeot car. Their first motorised vehicle was designed this year, in collaboration with Leon Serpollet, a steam specialist and was a three-wheeler that was steam-powered. The next year, Armand abandoned the idea of using steam for the Peugeot cars, and designed the petrol-powered Type to quadricycle.
In 1896, the company began making Peugeot parts themselves, designing their own horizontal twin engine, running at 8 horse-power. At this time, Armand Peugeot broke away from the main company, which was still designing and manufacturing other items and created a factory of his own called the Societe Anonyme Des Automobiles Peugeot. This factory was designed specifically to manufacture Peugeot parts and cars, and was located in Adincourt. In 1899, 1200 cars were sold in France total, 300 of which were Peugeots, starting the company down a successful and thrilling path to greatness.
There was a short pause in the manufacturing of Peugeot parts as war raged in Europe in the early 1900s, and the company turned to making military vehicles and arms during this time. Soon after the war ended, however, the company realised that cars Europe were no longer just a luxury, but a necessity, leading them to step up the pace on production. In 1921, Peugeot began mass-producing car parts and cars, the first of which was the 201. This launched Peugeot from a small business to a mass-producing success almost instantly, and the success of the 201 was soon followed by the 301, 401, and 601 between 1932 and 1934.
After 1934, Peugeot became very interested in mass-producing cabriolets and coupes, as evident by the 401 and 601 models, which features retractable metal roofs. Soon after, in 1958, Peugeot began to sell their vehicles not only in France and Europe, but in the United States as well. They also began working and collaborating with other manufacturers, like Volvo and Renault in order to design and manufacture better car parts for their customers.
It wasn’t until 1962, though, when the coupe-cabriolet tradition really began for the company; during this year, the 404 Cabriolet was born, a car designed by Pininfarina. This iconic vehicle was a forerunner to today’s Peugeot cars, and is still a favourite among collectors.
200 years after the first Peugeot parts were first manufactured, the company is still celebrating the innovation, history, and creativity that launched them to greatness in the car industry. Remember that the next time you climb into your Peugeot; you are sitting behind the wheel of a car Armand Peugeot dreamed of 200 years ago, and are helping the brand make its mark in history.
|Posted on May 7, 2013 at 5:04 AM||comments (7)|
Are you trying to save some money? If you are fed up with the high prices of AA, RAC or Green Flag breakdown recovery policies then there is an alternative and for often less than half your price you can get the same cover if not better. Quite often to get the best cover with the popular recovery clubs you are paying over £100 when you could get the same cover for less than £50 depending on your vehicle. There are numerous companies out there offering excellent breakdown cover at unbelievable prices. Probably one of the easiest ways to find better cover or better priced cover is to visit comparison web sites like Comparethemarket.com, Moneysupermarket.com, Confused.com and more the list goes on. When you start to compare your cover with other policies you will soon begin to find better alternatives. You can also get cover directly through your car insurance provider most of the time and these too are often better deals. Once you get in to it you will find policies from Autonational Rescue, Gem Motoring Assist, Equity Redstar, First Call GB, Call Assist, Start Rescue the list goes on and on. Why not start looking today, you are guaranteed to find a better deal and do not be put of by these alternative options as they are all national services and often include travel into Europe free. So if you do travel a lot you know you are covered anywhere you may be should you have the unfortunate problem of a breakdown.
|Posted on May 7, 2013 at 4:42 AM||comments (12)|
GVS 24Hr Recovery now have a total of 6 contracts with National Breakdown Recovery Clubs. This is something that we are incredibly proud of and hope to keep serving these clubs for many more years to come. We have not however forgotten our local customers and businesses as you are just as important, with an average response time of just under 30 mins day or night we are definitely here Keeping You Moving and fast!
|Posted on January 26, 2013 at 10:47 AM||comments (77)|
Here’s a simple way to remember what to check.
F L O W E R
Rain or shine, it pays to give the car a good check over every couple of weeks – you could prevent a breakdown and perhaps a large, unwelcome bill.
FuelTop up when you pass a filling station rather than delay looking for one until the fuel light comes on – particularly if you’re driving in an unfamiliar area.
Lights Clean all exterior lights regularly and check for blown bulbs and cracks in the lens.
Oil Cars can consume as much as a litre of oil every 1,000 miles. Check the oil level regularly (your handbook will show you how). Don’t wait for the red oil pressure warning light to come on - engine damage may already have occurred by then.
Water Overheating is a common cause of breakdowns, especially in hotter weather. Check the coolant level regularly (the handbook will show you how) and if the level always seems low, check for leakages. Top up the windscreen washer fluid too.
Electrics Battery problems are the number one cause of breakdowns at any time of year. Renew an old, tired battery before it lets you down. Also make sure that your electric radiator cooling fan starts running when the engine gets hot – you can check this by running the engine with the car stationary.
Rubber Incorrectly inflated tyres are not only unsafe, they wear out faster and can increase fuel consumption by around 5%. If you’re driving with extra passengers or luggage, remember to increase your tyre pressure accordingly (see your handbook).
|Posted on January 25, 2013 at 6:01 AM||comments (15)|
Calling for help
• If possible, use the nearest emergency phone
• On motorways, blue and white marker posts show the direction of the nearest phone
• The phones connect directly to the police control centre and are numbered so that you
can be easily located
• If using your mobile phone, refer to the new blue rectangular Driver Location Signs,
which detail the road number (e.g. M1), direction of travel and precise location
Motorway breakdown procedures
If your vehicle develops a problem on the motorway:
• Leave at the next exit if possible and stop at the next service area
• If you must stop immediately, pull onto the hard shoulder and stop with wheels
turned to the left, away from traffic
• Park as close to the left as possible and try to stop near an emergency phone
• Put on your hazard lights and turn on side lights in poor visibility
• DO NOT use your warning triangle on the hard shoulder
• NEVER attempt repairs yourselfWaiting for help
If you must stop on the hard shoulder:
• ALWAYS get out of the vehicle
• Make sure you and all passengers exit the vehicle on the left-hand side
• Walk off the road – up the embankment if there is one, or climb over the crash barrier
into a field if possible
• NEVER try to cross lanes to the other side of a motorway
• Carry a charged mobile phone (switched off and out of reach while driving)
• Carry an emergency kit, including warm and high visibility clothing, a torch, water
and a reflective triangle
• Ask your employer to confirm what, if anything, is provided by them
|Posted on January 25, 2013 at 5:57 AM||comments (28)|
Why Should we Save Fuel?Fuel efficiency is one of the most important factors in modern road transport. So, as part of your working life at Driver Hire,we feel it is essential that you know everything there is to know about being a fuel efficient driver.
Whether you’re a vehicle manufacturer, a transport or fleet manager or a driver, everyone can play a part in saving fuel. But as a driver, yours is the most important.You have the potential to reduce fuel usage by up to 20%.That’s right – 20%.As part of Driver Hire's Fuel Efficient Driving initiative, all Driver Hire drivers are now given training in techniques that have been shown to help you become a more economical driver. Even if you haven't yet had the benefit of this training, here are a few top tips that will help you do your bit for the environment.
1. Check your Vehicle
Checking your vehicle before driving it will help you save fuel.This is what to look out for:
• Bodywork - protruding panels, torn or insecure curtains & any loose bodywork.
• Tyres - damage, incorrect tyre pressures, missing valve caps.
• Fuel tank - fuel leaks from & around the tank, security of fuel cap.
• Load security & positioning - ensure load does not protrude beyond width/height of your vehicle and is sheeted if applicable.
• Aerodynamics - correctly set for the vehicle & trailer (if applicable)
• Start up - any unusual mechanical noise, excessive black or white smoke.
• Moving off - dragging brakes, steering pulling, obvious tracking issues.
2. Maintain a Good Attitude
A positive attitude and driving defensively are the hallmarks of a fuel efficient driver. Defensive driving makes you more aware of what is going on around you. It enables you to anticipate road situations and drive with control and planning - making you safer and more fuel efficient.
3. Make Sure You’re Fit to Drive
As well as being potentially dangerous, anything that reduces your ability to drive and affects alertness also reduces your ability to drive in a fuel efficient manner. A tired or stressed driver is neither safe nor fuel efficient. Fatigue is very dangerous - it causes more fatal accidents than drink driving! Telltale signs include; memory lapses, micro sleeps, yawning & muscle ache.
Stress can also affect the way you drive, causing lapses in concentration.You may be irritated by the actions of other drivers, thinking about other problems rather than concentrating on road conditions, your speed or how close you are to the driver in front.
4.Always Maintain Awareness
Be aware of all that’s going on around you, in any traffic situation. Use awareness, anticipation, control and planning so you are prepared for any hazard you’re likely to come across.This includes other road users, road conditions and your own actions. Being aware of potential dangers on the road allows you to plan ahead - staying safe and saving fuel.
5. Be aware of your speed
High speed has a drastic effect on fuel consumption. On average, by driving an LGV at 50mph instead of 56mph, you can reduce its fuel consumption by up to 22%. In addition, breaking the speed limit is illegal and a serious safety issue. So always be aware of your speed.
6. Use Momentum Effectively
Getting a large, heavy vehicle moving requires huge amounts of fuel. So if you can keep a vehicle moving, you’ll use less fuel. Slow down gradually when approaching traffic lights, as you may not need to stop. And, where it is safe to do so, you can use the momentum of the vehicle when going down hill rather than using the accelerator.
7.Avoid Unnecessary Braking
You should always avoid unnecessary braking. Whenever you brake, your vehicle loses road speed, which has to be regained using the accelerator. If you have one, use your exhaust brake whenever possible.
8. Utilise Cruise Control
If you have cruise control, use it - but don’t abuse it. Cruise control helps maintain a steady speed with minimal need for acceleration and braking. To ensure maximum fuel efficiency benefits from cruise control, always plan ahead on the road and be aware of what’s behind you so you can change lanes safely.
9. Use Gears & Clutch Properly
Every time you change up a gear your fuel consumption improves between 10-30%! You should never double de-clutch on a modern vehicle as it wastes energy unnecessarily and uses fuel.You should use “block changes or “skip changes” whenever possible.
10. Plan Your Routes
You may not always be able to choose the route you take. But wherever possible you should think about fuel efficiency when planning your route. For instance, using
motorways and A roads is much more fuel efficient than rural B roads and urban roads.
When ticking over, an average large goods vehicle will consume fuel at a rate of 2 litres per hour. So never let your engine idle unnecessarily as it serves no purpose
and only wastes fuel.
12. Be Aware of Aerodynamics.
Any protrusions will cause drag which will use extra fuel. Some vehicles have built in aerodynamic attachments which you should ensure are correctly adjusted. When such aids are correctly used they can save up to 15% on fuel consumption.
13. Load Your Vehicle Properly
It is illegal to overload a vehicle. You need to be aware that both overloading and the poor positioning of a load can have a detrimental effect on fuel consumption.
14. Be Fuel Efficient Back at Base
When you return to your base you should park up so your vehicle will not require manoeuvring the next morning when the engine is cold. This way the vehicle is ready to drive off, saving fuel. You should also fill up at the end of each day rather than at the beginning. It avoids queuing at the pumps with a cold idling engine the next day! Simply ensuring your fuel cap is tightened can save fuel. Loose fitting fuel caps are the cause of up to 30 gallons of lost fuel per vehicle per year! Accurate measurement of fuel use is essential to monitor any improvements and should be recorded.
Finally: reporting vehicle faults is extremely important. A vehicle that’s mechanically efficient means it’s fuel efficient too.
|Posted on January 25, 2013 at 5:29 AM||comments (12)|
It’s vital that you know what to do in the event of a breakdown.
• Most breakdowns are due to poor vehicle maintenance and could have been avoided
• Work with your employer to ensure your vehicle is regularly serviced and checked, including wipers, tyres and fluid levels
• Report faults immediately
• Ensure you understand your vehicle warning lights
General breakdown procedures
• If possible, avoid stopping in dangerous places such as roundabouts and corners
• Switch on your hazard lights
• If it is safe to do so, drop your speed, continue driving and try to pull off the road completely,
or onto a straight section of road
• If you have to stop on a road, display your emergency triangle at least 45 metres behind
your vehicle (don’t do this on a motorway)
• Do not attempt to fix your vehicle yourself by the roadside. Call your employer’s
designated breakdown service
• Switch off your engine and wait in a safe place, away from traffic
|Posted on January 23, 2013 at 7:57 AM||comments (20)|
It is dangerous to stop on a hard shoulder except in an emergency. If an emergency forces you to stop, then follow the top five personal safety tips to stay safe:
If you have a disability which prevents you from following the above advice, the Highway Code advises that you should stay in the vehicle, switch on your hazard warning lights and display a "help" pennant. If you have a mobile phone you should dial 999 and advise the emergency services of your location.If you cannot get your vehicle onto the hard shoulder the Highway Code advises that you:
|Posted on January 23, 2013 at 7:49 AM||comments (9)|
Winter motoring requires special care and a little preparation if you're to avoid a breakdown or accident.
Driving in snow and ice
|Posted on December 31, 2012 at 5:13 AM||comments (2)|
Happy New Year to all our customers both old and new. We hope 2013 will bring everything you hope for and be a year to remember. Here at GVS 24Hr Recovery we know how hard the last year has been for some people, so to help start 2013 on a positive note we have frozen our prices and are keeping them all at the 2012 rate. Have a Great New Year 2013!