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Thinking of buying your first car?
Another Christmas Giveaway exclusive to our lovley customers .
To enter just leave the type of car you bought from us and colour
Our Rep from Autoglym popped by today and left a little something. A fantastic bodywork kit ,hat to keep you warm while cleaning your car and a lovely air freshner to finish .
We use Autoglym products for valeting all our cars to get that proffesional clean and shine .
Monty's new home
Monty is off to his new home our lucky winners picked him up and took him home in time for christmas. I am sure he will get lots of cuddles.https://www.facebook.com/belmontautos.co.uk/
Belmont Autos Prize Giveaway staring Batman
Belmont Autos Giveaway - Win a set of remote control super cars
Hours of Racing fun with a Ferari 448GTB and Lamborghini Huracan - Just answer the question, like our page and share our page.
What country is Enzo Ferrari from ?
Winner prize draw live on the 27th October
Belmont Autos Monthly Giveaway in association with Halfords Rutherglen
Same as last month folks like our page and tag some friends to get your fifty pound spend -Don't miss the winner draw video on the 28th FEB ...its a hoot.
Christmas Giveaway - Mini Cooper & Mercedes ML
WIN WIN WIN HO HO HO
Santa and his Elf have popped by and left a little something for us to give away. We are giving away not 1 but 2 kids electric cars this Christmas - to win just like our page, share our page and leave your full name in the comments with some xmas cheer. The Lucky winner will be chosen on the 22nd of December so you have time to get it under your tree.
Cars supplied by Halfords Rutherglen
Winning Pun -Maserati Masala , Fiat pilau punto rice
Kai Ciccone to Belmont Autos
5 November · Clydebank ·
Just to say thanks to you guys at Belmont Autos for my voucher . I went for a meal last night at The Dhabba You where right the food there is AMAZING , such a beautiful restaurant too Thanks again for the experience :D
Win a £50 voucher for a local curry house
Voucher for £50.00 for the DHABBA Indian restaurant Candelriggs . Authentic North Indian Cuisine - Simply Stunning
All you have to do is LIKE OUR PAGE ,SHARE and come up with your own Indian car related Pun - ie Niss nan micra
In North India, roadside diners are commonly known as dhabbas. For generations, these family run establishments have been captivating hungry travellers with their own menu of closely guarded recipes, passed on from father to son.
Over time, the remarkable taste of these dhabbas soon began to spread from the highways into the cities. Many internationally acclaimed hotels started adopting the concept of the dhabba into their own restaurants, with some laying claim to being the best Indian restaurants in the world.
Georgie Balsillie wins Bounty Bear
Georgie Balsillie age ten collecting her bear today. Congratulations Georgie. We hope Bounty will be very happy in his new home.
BELMONT BEAR GIVEAWAY
Win this beautiful life size teddy bear. All you have to do is head over to our facebook page - like our page and share.
- Giant 5ft 5" Plush Bear
- Soft floppy ears, smart bow and cute nose
- Large brown eyes and adorable smile
- Paw imprints on feet
In the meantime he will be helping the staff - today he is learning the ropes with Murray.
You'll give your car a thorough clean after reading this!
HAVE you ever wondered what that was lurking on the floor in the back of your car? Now you need wonder no longer, after insurance and financial company Carfused.com called in the experts.
Microbiology professionals from the University of Nottingham took swabs from steering wheels, foot wells and seats before analysing them in the lab, and finding that potentially harmful bacteria is abundant in our vehicles.
E Coli and Staphylococcus were amongst the bugs that they found. Whilst the former can cause severe food poisoning, the latter can lead to nasty infections if it comes into contact with an open wound.
Mould was also found to be present in the vehicles tested, and this is known to cause respiratory infections, whilst worsening pre-existing medical conditions, such as asthma.
For the majority of car owners, children and pets are to blame for the state of their vehicles. However, the bacteria is actually caused by food that has been dropped or smeared in the car. Of course, with the passage of time, it rots and provides the perfect breeding ground for the nasty germs.
A survey of 300 motorists found that a quarter of them only clean their cars every few months, an occurrence which is not regular enough according to Kate Rose, speaking on behalf of Carfused.com.
She commented: "With people across the UK using their cars to transport children and friends, it's worrying to see that they would let their cars get in such a state. The fact that so many say they only clean the interiors of their car once every three months is really worrying.
''Brits should be taking better care of their cars. By doing so, they will help protect their precious cargo from any bacteria and illness."
Don’t Leave Your Pet In The Car In Warm Weather
It goes without saying that you should never leave your children in a hot car but the same applies to your pets. Each year, thousands of beloved companions succumb to heatstroke and suffocation when left in parked cars.
If you’re going out in the car, think very carefully about taking your dog, you may need to leave them in the car if you are popping into a shop or supermarket and on a hot day this can be very dangerous. The temperature within the vehicle will rise quickly and conditions can become deadly in a matter of minutes. Remember it will always be much hotter inside than outside .
Signs of Heat Stroke are :
Heavy panting , profuse salivation , a rapid pulse , very red gums/tongue, lethargy , lack of coordination, reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing , vomiting, diarrhea , Loss of consciousness in extreme circumstances.
Paper Counterpart of Licence No More
From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA. The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details that could not be included on the photocard. To see how the changes will affect you and what to do if you still have the old still licence go to -https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-licence-changes
Put the wrong fuel in your car
You would not believe how common this is,according to the AA At least 150,000 drivers put the wrong fuel in their car every year. That's one every three-and-a-half minutes.
What should you do if it happens to you?
If a vehicle is under warranty, Contact the dealer to ensure that taking action on your own will not invalidate the warranty, However we strongly advise getting the vehicle towed to a garage so the tank can be drained and the filters and seals changed professionally not matter what .
G Motor Tech, Belmont Autos affiliated on Site repair centre has a fuel fix recovery service available, Just simply call 0141 763 3906 for help.
You may find that your Breakdown Cover provider, also have a service for just this occasion, however there can be a healthy additional charge for this as it is down to human error and not mechanical failure.
Petrol in Diesel
Putting petrol in a diesel car is a growing issue with the increasing number of diesel car sales. Newer diesel vehicles are so quiet that it can be an easy mistake to make after driving a petrol car.
Put in five litres of petrol or less.
We recommend a full drain for any amount of contamination , but If you have put in 5 litres or less of petrol (less than 10% of your tanks capacity) and top up with diesel to a full tank, your vehicle should be able to burn off any contamination.
Put in more than five litres of petrol (10%+)
DO NOT START YOUR ENGINE or put you’re key in the ignition as this can prime the electric pump in the tank and circulate the contaminated diesel. It is essential to carry out a full drain
Diesel in petrol
Putting diesel in a petrol car is not as common because the diesel nozzle is generally bigger than the petrol nozzle.
Two litres of diesel or less
We recommend a full drain for any amount of contamination, but if you have put in 2 litres or less of diesel in a petrol car (less than 5% of a full tank) and then fill up your remaining tank with petrol, there should be no damage caused to your vehicle.
More than two litres of diesel (5%+)
DO NOT START YOUR ENGINE. If you are on the garage forecourt, inform the attendant, push your vehicle to a safe place and call a fuel removal company to drain and flush your fuel tank. Once this has been carried out, you will be fine to start and drive your vehicle without any damage caused.
British Owned Car Companies
While there are many car companies that manufacture on British soil there is in fact only 4 that are British Owned, Bristol, Morgan, Caterham and McLaren.
Bristol Cars, Once an aeroplane manufacturer who turned to the production of luxury sports cars after the aircraft industry suffered a dramatic loss of orders and great financial difficulties following the Armistice of 1918. While the new luxury Bristol Car is in development, the company is proud to offer a selection of classic and contemporary motor cars for sale.
The Morgan Motor Company Ltd. was established in 1909 by H.F.S. Morgan with the design of the Morgan three-wheeler. A four-wheeled model began production in 1936, and Morgan cars have long become famous the world over for their unique blend of charisma, quality materials, craftsmanship and performance.
Caterham Cars is a British manufacturer of specialist lightweight sports cars established in Caterham, Caterham's history is tightly related to that of Lotus, as the first evolved from the former. In 1957 Colin Chapman, founder of British sports car manufacturer, Lotus, launched at that time's London Motor Show the Lotus 7 model.
McLaren Automotive Limited engages in the design, development, engineering, production, testing, marketing, and sale of sports cars. The company offers road and race cars. McLaren is also the second-oldest active Formula 1 team. Founded in 1963 by Bruce McLaren, the team continues to build on a long and successful history in F1
New Drug Driving Laws
As of March 2nd 2015, the UK's drug driving laws changed, making it illegal to drive with certain levels of both illegal and prescription drugs in your system. If the police stop you and think you’re on drugs they will either test you at the roadside using a drug screening device or a "Field Impairment" test to assess your ability to drive.
Whether legal or illegal drugs are in your system, you can be charged with drug driving, and the penalties will be the same as drink driving.
Under the new laws, eight illegal drugs and eight common prescription drugs have had driving limits imposed. They are:
• 6-monoacetylmorphine (6-MAM – heroin and diamorphin)
• morphine or opiate and opioid-based drugs
You can drive after taking these drugs if:
1 you've been prescribed them and followed advice on how to take them by a healthcare professional
2 they aren't causing you to be unfit to drive even if you’re above the specified limits
Talk to your doctor about whether you should drive if you've been prescribed any of the above drugs
PENALTIES FOR DRUG DRIVING
If you’re convicted of drug driving you’ll get:
a minimum 1 year driving ban
an unlimited fine
up to 6 months in prison
a criminal record
Your driving licence will also show you've been convicted for drug driving. This will last for 11 years.
UK Car of the Year Awards 2015 winners
Best City Car - Renault Twingo
Best Supermini – Skoda Fabia
Best Small Hatch – Citroën C4 Cactus
Best Family Car – Ford Mondeo
Best Executive Car – Mercedes-Benz C-class
Best Luxury Car – Rolls-Royce Ghost
Best Estate Car – Volkswagen Passat
Best MPV – BMW 2-series Active Tourer
Best 4x4 – Porsche Macan
Best Coupé – Jaguar F-type
Best Open Top Car – Porsche Boxster GTS
Best Performance Car – BMW i8
BELMONT AUTOS INTERESTING AND FUN CAR FACTS
About 165,000 Cars are produced everyday.
The new car Smell is composed of over 50 volatile organic compounds.
The Average car has 30,000 Parts !!!
The first car Accident Occurred in Ohio in 1891.
The inventor of the cruise Control was blind.
In 1941 Henry ford made a car out of Soy Beans !!!!
There is currently around 1 billion cars in use on the earth.
It would take less than 6 months to get to the moon driving at 60mph.
Up to 19 girls can be crammed into a smart car.
75% of Rolls Royce cars produced are still on the road today.
It is a Criminal offence to drive around in a dirty car in Russia .
The first road-worthy cars used a lever instead of a steering wheel to steer. It had a design and functioning like that of a joy stick.
Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter and guitarist, Bob Marley owned a BMW, not for prestige but because of the coincidence of initials for Bob Marley and the Wailers.
In the year 1916, 55 per cent of the cars in the world were Model T Ford, which is still an unbroken record.
Vehicles sitting in traffic jams around the world use up to 5.7 billion gallons (26 billion litres) of fuel each year.
The Longest traffic jam ever occurred in France on the 16th June 1980. It stretched from Paris to Lyon, a distance of 109 miles (176 km).
Fifty Shades of Grey - Mr. Grey’s Car Collection
The Audi Quattro SUV: Elegant, bold and fast. The car most used by Christian, usually driven by Taylor, his loyal assistant. Top quality and high performance much like the man himself – a serious and successful business man of course…
The Audi R8 Spyder: Dark, sophisticated and sleek. Reflecting Mr. Greys more secretive and mysterious side maybe? As said by the man himself, “Dark Knight” comes to mind here. Both Ana and Christian use this car; he goes on to buy her a similar car in white for her 22nd Birthday. A striking vehicle that would definitely turn heads
The Audi A3: Reliable, cost efficient and practical. With Mr. Grey’s over-protective nature, the A3 seems like the perfect choice for his Anastasia . She called the car her “Submissive Special”; this is the first car he bought for her to replace her run down Beetle. Such a generous man…
The Saab 9-3 Convertible: Stylish, comfortable and Classy. After the Audi A3 getting damaged this gorgeous convertible becomes Anastasias’ true graduation gift from Christian. Not as practical or efficient as the A3 but definitely some automotive eye-candy!
Valentines day is just around the corner ... Why not take your loved one on a romantic drive
However if you need a new car to get you there, Pop into Belmont Autos first …………we are sure to have something that will get your heart racing …..
Here are some location ideas to get you started:
Glasgow – Why not take a drive over to Kelvin Grove and take a leisurely stroll around the park admiring its Victorian style complete with bandstand and amphitheatre. You could also pop in to the art gallery followed by a meal in one of the gastro restaurants or cafes in the surrounding area.
Loch Lomond – A beautiful Location for a drive with its stunning scenery and many places to stop for a romantic lunch, such as the pretty conservation village of Luss situated only 10 miles south of Tarbert on the western shore of Loch Lomond . On the shores of Luss u can take a boat ride around the loch for as little as £5.
Fort William – Take the scenic drive to Fort William followed by a romantic train journey on the famous Jacobite steam engine to Mallaig and back. While in Mallaig why not enjoy some fish and chips by the harbour.
Inveraray – one of the best scenic mountain roads in the world, driving to Inveraray is a must! ...You can combine a day trip to both Inveraray and Oban on the same day. Oban has an uncanny way of bringing out the romantic and mystical side of its visitors.
Things to consider when insuring a new younger driver .
While the obvious is to initially choose a car in a lower Insurance Group there are other things that can help lower the cost 0f insurance.
(At Belmont Autos we have a wide range of used cars in different categories to choose from , details of the insurance group for each car is located on the website under the vehicles details.)
FIRSTLY YOU HAVE TO DECIDE WHAT LEVEL OF COVER IS MOST SUITABLE:
Third party insurance covers other people (third parties), but not you. If you injure someone or damage their property, they’re covered but if your own car is damaged or stolen, you have to pay for the loss yourself
THIRD PARTY, FIRE AND THEFT
Third party, fire and theft covers other people. So, in that respect, it’s like third party. But if your own car is damaged, you have to pay for it yourself. The difference is that it does cover repairs or replacement if your car is stolen or damaged by fire.
The highest level of cover. On top of the basics of third party, fire and theft, it’s the only type that covers you if you damage your own car, even if the accident was your fault.
While choosing a higher level excess can lower the policy it is advisable to be realistic about this amount , as ultimately if you do have an accident ,it will be you that has to stump up this excess amount.
ADVANCED DRIVERS COURSE OR PASS PLUS
Pass Plus is a practical training course that takes at least 6 hours and is for drivers to improve their skills and drive more safely. It can be taken at any time although it should be most useful to new drivers in the year after passing their test. You’ll need a Pass Plus registered approved driving instructor (ADI) to teach you.
Telematics is a policy which prices your premiums depending on how you drive. A device - known as a black box - installed in your car monitors your actions behind the wheel so the better your driving, the less you pay for cover.If you are confident that you can drive well you can earn £100s back on the your cover via a telematics policy. Be warned however, that driving badly could also see your premiums increase
ADD ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBLE DRIVER
Adding a second driver to your policy, even if they won't use the car often, can smooth out the average risk and may reduce the premium. Those with a good driving record are likely to help make bigger savings, but anyone who's a lower risk can help.
MULTI CAR POLICIES
Multi-car policies are designed for people who have more than one car in the family
You receive a further discount with each car you bring to the policy (up to a maximum of 5). So if you start the policy with 2 cars and then introduce a 3rd car, the first and second car will have a discount applied to them as well as the third car.
It should be noted that all insurance policies are subject to terms and conditions
Has Your Driving Licence Expired !!
Remember folks that your photocard has an expiry date.
You are required to renew your photocard every 10 years as set out by the DVLA so that the photograph is a current likeness. You will find the expiry date on the front of your Photocard
Failure to keep your licence up to date can result in fines of up to £1000!!!!!
Holding an out-of-date or otherwise invalid licence does not remove your entitlement to drive however it will cause problems if you get stopped by the police, want to hire a car, have an accident abroad or if you are trying to purchase a car through a car finance company.
As a Used Car Dealer in Glasgow we know all too well the disappointment when a customer is not able to collect their new car due to their licence being out of date.
There are a number of ways to renew your licence: (information from DVLA website)
On line – charge £14.00
To renew online, you need:
•A valid UK passport
•To be a resident of Great Britain - there’s a different service inNorthern Ireland
•Addresses of where you’ve lived over the last 3 years
•Your current driving licence, including the paper counterpart if you have a photocard licence (if you don’t have your licence you must say why in your application)
•Your National Insurance number
•To not be disqualified from driving
•You must send the photocard and paper counterpart of your old licence to DVLA when you get your new licence. You’ll be told the address to use when you finish the application.
Your driving licence should arrive within a week if you apply online.
To renew at the post office –Charge £17.00
The Post Office will charge an extra £4.50 fee to process your application.
To renew at the post office, you need :
•The completed renewal form D798
•Your photocard licence and paper counterpart if you have them
•The Post Office will charge an extra £4.50 fee to process your application.
•You can’t download a copy of form D798, but if you don’t get your renewal reminder you may still be able to renew your licence at selected Post Offices. You’ll need to have the photocard and paper counterpart of your current licence
Your driving licence should arrive within 3 weeks. It might take longer if your medical or personal details need to be checked
The Snow and Ice is here – Belmont Autos Glasgow Hints and Tips
We have all been there, running late for work and then realise that you’re not going anywhere fast …
Here are some hints and tips :
Firstly if you know the weather is going to be bad it is best to be prepared and give yourself that extra 10 minutes in the morning to properly de-ice your car, you should never set of without being able to see clearly through all windows... It is no good just to clear a circle in the windscreen to peep through and hope for the best.
Some people like to use a windscreen cover to help prevent the ice covering the windscreen .They are good but not 100% effective and you may still have some scraping to do but they will keep out most of the frost and make lighter work.
When scraping the ice from your car always use a scraper designed for the job , you could quite easily scratch your windscreen when using other objects such as a CD cases ( I have seen this ) or a bank card . We would always recommend that you also heat the car up first from the inside.
Being a used car dealer in Glasgow we are used to the temperatures plummeting and keep all our cars topped up with a good quality antifreeze and screen wash and would advise all drivers to do the same during the winter months.
Things to Avoid
Do not pour water over your car cold or otherwise, heated water can cause the windscreen to crack and if the weather is really chilly adding cold water will only add another layer of ice to your windscreen .
Spraying a mixture of vinegar and water on your car's windshield might de-ice it but vinegar can damage the glass, paint, chrome or other exterior surfaces
It has been noted that some drivers have tried using salt, while salt has a lower freezing point than water and in some cases will melt some of the ice away it can be very damaging for the paint work .if you have a small chip in the paint work the salt will get right in there and cause it to blister and peel off .
RAC's Hints and Tips on Driving in Windy Weather
Consider whether your journey is really necessary – only travel where there is no other option. If you do have to travel, listen out for local news bulletins to keep up to date with road closures.
If conditions get too hard to cope with and you get the chance to pull over, do so and, if it is safe and legal, phone a family member or friend and let them know that you have stopped for a while.
The following tips should always be followed when driving in strong wind:
Plan your journey – is there a route with less exposure to the weather? Choose a sheltered route if you have the option.
Drive slowly enough to cope with the gusts – high winds can get under a car and affect its handling and braking significantly.
Be prepared when driving in exposed areas, vehicles could be hit by sudden gusts of wind.
Be very careful when overtaking high-sided vehicles – driving past large vehicles can result in a sudden gust from the side as you clear.
Make sure you hold the steering wheel firmly. Strong winds are not constant; they’re usually gusty and can catch you off guard.
Give cyclists, motorcyclists, lorries and buses more room than usual. They get blown around easily by side winds. Motorcyclists especially should avoid travelling in high winds as high cross winds can affect the handling of the motorcycle.
Keep an eye on what is happening to other vehicles. Where they are affected will give you a pre-warning, eg if they appear to be blown off course.
Keep extra distance between you and the car in front – consider increasing the two-second rule to three seconds.
Make sure that you park your car in a safe place – avoid parking under trees, near buildings etc
Be wary of:
Crossing high exposed bridges
Vehicles towing caravans
Using top or roof boxes as this increases susceptibility to cross-winds
Debris on the road
Driving licence changes
Updates and advice to motorists on abolition of the counterpart to the photocard driving licence.
The changes that where originally supposed to kick in from the start of the year have now been set back to the 8th of June 2015.
Photocard driving licence holders:
When DVLA stops issuing the counterpart, you should destroy yours but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.
You’ll still be able to use the counterpart driving licence to change your address with DVLA. You can also change your address online.
Paper driving licence holders (those issued before 1998)
These will remain valid, and should not be destroyed. From 8 June 2015 endorsements/penalty points will no longer be recorded on these driving licences. This information will be held on DVLA’s driver record, and can checked online, by phone or post.
The next time you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.
Entitlements/penalty points and the status of your driving licence won’t change
Saving money on Fuel costs
Although Petrol and diesel prices have fallen slightly recently, they are still relatively high and as family budgets are squeezed yet further people are looking for ways to save money when it comes to running their cars .
Belmont Autos have put together some tips that should help you reduce your costs when using your car on a daily basis.
Tyres Safety / Tyre Sense:
There are several aspects of your tyres which are important: Tyre pressure: Know the correct tyre pressure for your car. This will also depend on what weight you are carrying. For example, if you are packing up the car with family and luggage the tyre pressure will be different from that if you are driving alone and with little luggage. Low tyre pressure increases fuel consumption, increases tyre wear and is also dangerous, as is high pressure. Periodically, you should check the wear pattern on your tyres. If your front tyres are wearing on the outer edges, the alignment may need adjustment.
Acceleration / Deceleration:
Try not to accelerate hard and keep the revs under control. Every time you accelerate there are pound notes shooting out of the exhaust and the faster you accelerate the more pound notes you are using. Look ahead and try and anticipate the movement of traffic. This will lead to more gentle breaking and better momentum when driving.
Using your air con will affect your fuel consumption too especially at slow speeds. If you are going to use it, keep it for long journeys on the motorway.
Roof racks, Roof boxes, roof rails, mud guards ect all increase drag and therefore reduce fuel consumption. Only attach the items to your car when you need them.
Stick to the speed limit:
According to the AA driving at 70 mph uses up to 9% more fuel than at 60Mph and up to 15% more than at 50mph. Cruising at 80 mph can use up to 25% more fuel than at 70mph
Belmont Autos hope these tips are useful .You can follow us on twitter or like us on facebook to see more News and Reviews.
Scottish Car Awards
The new Hyundai i10 has been voted the best car of the year by the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers.
Winners of individual categories at the Scottish Car of the Year Awards were:
Best MPV - Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
Best Small Car - Hyundai i10
Best Estate - Seat Leon ST
Best Coupe - Jaguar F-Type
Best Design and Innovation - Jaguar XE
Best Family Car - Mazda3
Hot Hatch - Volkswagen Golf R
Best Drop-Top - Audi A3 Cabriolet
Best Diesel - BMW 22d Coupe
Best Electric - BMW i3
Best Executive Car - Lexus IS
Belmont Autos Hints and Tips
The following checks will help ensure your vehicle is ready for winter:
1.Lights – Check and clean all lights to make sure they are working properly making sure you can see and be seen by other road users.
2.Car Battery -Get your battery checked. An older battery can struggle with the cold and it might be a good idea to have it replaced to prevent any break downs on winter nights.
3.Tyres- Check the thread, you should have a minimum of 3mm for winter driving, specialised winter tyres are also available for extra safety.
4.Anti-freeze- Keeping the cooling system in your car properly filled with an antifreeze coolant formula is critical to maintaining a well running engine.
5.Windscreen- Keep your windscreen clean inside and out to prevent dazzle from oncoming vehicles.
6.Screen wash- Make sure you keep this topped up and use one that is suitable for cold conditions to prevent freezing.
7.Wiper blades- Check your wiper blades for any damage and replace if necessary. Special winter blades designed to prevent snow and ice from clogging the blade are also available, you can revert back to normal blades when the temperature rises again.
8.Fuel – Always make sure you will have enough fuel to cover your journey.
It is always a good idea to have some winter essentials in your car. So make yourself a little winter emergency include things like.
Something to Eat & Drink
Extra clothing or a blanket for warmth.
Just like tax disks DVLA are getting rid of the paper part of your driving licence.
From January 2015, DVLA will no longer issue the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence.
You do not need to take any action, just keep your current photocard driving licence.
If you have an old style paper driving licence issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998, this change won’t affect you, and you should keep your licence.
The next time you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.
Entitlements, penalty points and the status of your driving licence won’t change.
Under Inflated Tyres Not Only Cost You Money But Are A Safety Risk
Failing to keep your tyres properly inflated is costing UK drivers money on their fuel bills and also increasing safety risks, According to Tyresafe an estimated £0.7 Billion is being wasted each year as a result of under-inflation.
When tyres run under-inflated their rolling resistance or the force needed to make them turn, increases. This means that the engine has to work harder and more fuel is used, making the car less economical and can also reduce the life of your tyre up to 25%
From a safety point of view driving with under inflated tyres can put you more at risk of suffering from a blowout on the motorway when driving at higher speeds; you will also find that handling and grip can be impaired.
The correct pressure setting is determined by the manufacturer of your vehicle and is different depending on the make and model of each vehicle
Where to find the correct tyre pressure for your vehicle:
a) Your car’s manual
b) Printed on the inside pillar of the driver’s door
c) Inside the petrol cap.
TOP TEN TYRE PRESSURE GUIDELINES
1.Carry out a tyre pressure check at least once per month, prior to all trips and when you vary the vehicle’s usual load.
2.Tyres must be cold when you carry out the check - preferably when they've driven under two miles
3.Get the right pressure reading from your vehicle manual, driver’s door ledge, petrol cap or using the online search above.
4. Change the pressures as shown in your vehicle’s manual when the vehicle is fully loaded (for instance, when you load your car up for family holidays).
5. Use a dependable gauge to measure your pressure.
6.Remember to examine all of your tyres not forgetting the spare one!
7.Don’t forget to check any towed vehicles, e.g. trailer/caravan/horsebox
8.During your pressure check, give your tyre a visual check for tread wear or problems like slashes/cuts/bulges.
9.Pressure decreases more rapidly in warmer weather, so make sure you check tyres frequently in summer time.
10.If uncertain, talk to qualified staff at your local tyre Dealer
For Those Still Unsure About The New Tax Rules
Some people are still a little unclear about the new tax rules, well basically you no longer need to display a tax disk on your vehicle, you can take the disk out and get rid of those annoying little holders that keep losing their stickiness anyway.
If you taxed your car before November don’t worry your tax is still valid for the time stipulated either the 6 or 12 month period but you do not need to display it.
Going forward, when your tax is due to expire you will receive a reminder and you can either, pop along to the post office, make a payment over the phone or pay on line. There is also an option to set up a standing order , with a 5% surcharge, in monthly or six-monthly instalments.
Tax will not be transferable if you sell your car , As soon as you notify the DVLA that your car is sold a refund of the unused tax will be issued , if you’re not due a refund, make sure you still inform the DVLA of the change of ownership or you could face a fine of up to £1,000.To tax a car you have just bought you can use the code from the vehicle registration document and pay in the ways mentioned earlier .
Some may think if I don’t have a tax disk how will you know if I am taxed or not? ….. There’s no chance of slipping the net. The DVLA has a digital record of payments and police have number-plate recognition cameras used to track vehicles and identify those that aren’t taxed.
RAC Approved Dealer
What does an RAC approved dealer actually mean?
RAC Approved Dealers are the only dealers who offer RAC BuySure; a guarantee that every car purchased from the Approved Dealer comes with the following:
• A certificate confirming the vehicle has passed the RAC 82 point Approved Vehicle Preparation Standard
• A Car Data Check
• A minimum of 3 months RAC Warranty
• 3 months RAC Breakdown Cover (Roadside, Recovery, At Home, Onward Travel)
• RAC Accident Care
• In who you are buying from
• That the car is safe to buy (both mechanically and in terms of history)
Peace of mind:
• That there is someone to turn to if you have a problem with the car
• That there is someone to turn to if you have a problem with the seller
• That the car is under warranty with third party support
All of the vehicles supplied by an RAC approved dealer come with a FREE 3 month warranty; you can extend this up to 2 years if you wish at the time of purchase;
Approved RAC dealerships are currently offering a 2 year extended warranty for the price of 1 giving customers a massive saving and extensive peace of mind.
Halloween fun at Belmont Autos
The staff and some of the cars got into the spirit of things at the weekend!
New Drink Drive Legislation
The Scottish government has announced plans to reduce the country's drink-drive limit in time for Christmas.
Under the plans, Scotland's blood alcohol limit would be cut from 80mg to 50mg in every 100ml of blood. , the reduced drink-drive limit will come into effect on December 5, 2014.
A 50mg limit would mean an average man would be limited to just under a pint of beer or a large glass of wine and women to half a pint of beer or a small glass of wine.
Clocks Go Back and the Dark Nights Start
After today for most of us the drive home from work will be in darkness.
Here are a few tips for night driving .
- To improve your view as far as possible, keep your lights and windscreen clean.
- Use main beam, but when other drivers are approaching make sure you dip your lights to avoid dazzling the oncoming traffic.
- Make sure you can stop safely within the distance you can see to be clear.
- If you’re feeling tired, caffeine alone is not a fix. Take a break..
- If an approaching car forgets to dip its lights, look beyond the lights, but to their left to avoid being dazzled as much.
- Look at how the traffic ahead behaves for clues to possible problems you can’t see yet