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Summer driving tips

Summer driving tips
Are you going away this summer? Perhaps on a long drive abroad or to a seaside town? Make sure that you are prepared before you set off on your journey.

Overheating
We all know the UK is not famous for its tropical climate, however if it does get hot it is worth checking your cooling system, as overheating can cause some expensive damage and endanger you and your passengers.
We recommend regularly checking your engine:
• Look for white staining or wetness on coolant hoses: if they are leaking then they should be replaced as soon as possible
• If the fan is broken engine temperature will rise dramatically when travelling slowly in traffic
• Check your engine coolant level

Tyre punctures
In hot weather it is particularly important to check your tyres before embarking on long journeys. Damaged tyres are an even higher risk due to additional friction from hot motorway surfaces – ensure your tyres are adequately inflated with the correct amount of tread before you leave. Read more about tyre safety here.

Bring an emergency kit
This is essential for long trips: regardless of whether your vehicle is old or new, it can breakdown at any time. The emergency kit should contain a breakdown triangle, blanket, torch, high-vis jackets, a map and break-down cover details.

Last but not least, schedule a stop every 2 hours or so to take a 15 minutes break, particularly if travelling at night. Tiredness can kill!
Optional break-down cover is offered with all of our car leases.
We wish a good summer holiday and safe travels.

Tyre safety tips for families going on long drives this half term

One of the UK’s leading tyre safety warning group TyreSafe has warned families across the nation to check their tyres before heading off on a break this Half Term.  Not only could you endanger your own life but also that from others. In addition to this you could be fined for up to £2500 and get up to 3 penalty points on your license per illegal tyre. More than half (56.4 per cent) of motorists are driving on illegal tyres at the point of replacement.

What to check on a weekly basis:

Check you tyre pressure

  • Check the recommend tyre pressure in the owner’s manual. You can check the pressure and inflate it at your local petrol station. Please keep in the back of your mind that if you are carrying a lot of luggage or passengers that the manufacturer’s recommend pressure will often change

Check your tread depth

  • The legal limit must have a tread depth of at least 1.6 mm across the central three-quarters of the tread around the entire circumference of the tyre.
  • Insert a 20p coin in the main groves of the tyre and do this at several places of the tyre. If the outer band of the 20p coin is still visible it is worth getting this checked out by a specialist.

Check the condition of your tyres

  • Check for sign of wear such as cuts, bulges and sidewall damage. It also important to remove any stones or other embedded items in the tread. If there is any cuts, bulges and sidewall damages we advise to see a tyre specialist.
  • Also check your spare tyre if the pressure is still good as well as it being in a good condition.

 

CVSL also offers maintenance packages on car leases more info can be found here.

Three new changes UK motor drivers can expect under the Conservative government

  • ROAD FUNDING – Has committed £15billion to alleviate traffic hotspots, build more lanes and fix potholes.

 

  • ZERO EMISSIONS – £500million to help make every car and van zero emissions by 2050.

 

  • SAFER CYCLING – £200million to increase journeys made by bicycle and make them safer, too.

The motoring section of the Conservatives’ manifesto leading up to the 2015 General Election, started by reminding us that they had frozen fuel duty throughout their 5 years in power and although proud of their record so far, unfortunately there was no such promise for the future.

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Instead, David Cameron and the Conservatives have focused on their promise of £15billion for building 1,300 extra lane miles on the UK roads and enough funding to fix 18 million potholes.

This is also the first we’ve heard of their plans for all vehicles to be zero emissions by 2050 with the help of £500million funding.

To get ahead of the zero emissions curve, read more here: http://www.cvsl.co.uk/how-to-lease-a-car-become-electric

AND get the latest deal on a ZERO EMISSIONS, MERCEDES-BENZ B CLASS HATCHBACK ELECTRIC ART ELECTRIC DRIVE 5DR AUTO for just £344.74 p/m here: http://www.cvsl.co.uk/car-leasing/mercedes-benz/mercedes-benz-b-class-hatchback-electric-art-electric-drive-electric-art-5dr-auto/67098/

What do you need to know about the new paperless driving licence?

This year driving licences in the UK will all go paperless as the government continues to press ahead with its plan to digitize your motoring records.

A government spokesperson has clarified: “The reason for abolishing the counterpart is to reduce the burden on motorists.”

So will it really make your life easier? How does this all affect you?

We will answer all your questions here:

When exactly are these changes happening?

All paper counterparts will no longer be valid from 8th June this year. The DVLA are also advising all drivers to destroy their paper counterparts. The date will be on your doorstep before you know it!

Licence issued before 1998? Do you need to get a new one?

Your licence will still be valid until it is due for renewal.

The next time you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only. So no immediate action needed.

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How can you check your driving record if you need to?

All of your details will be compiled on to an online database that you will be able to access anytime.

If you do prefer things a little more 20th century though you can still request your records either by telephone or post.

How will the business owners and employers of the UK be affected?

A similar site for employers, allowing them to check the driving details of possible employees, is planned for launch at some point this year. A date has not yet been released.

Oh and the change will also save you from paying £20 if you need to replace a lost or damaged paper counterpart.

To save even more money, why not check out all of CVSL’s latest offers here.

Taking good care of your car in 2015

Having to go without a car must be one of the most frustrating experiences known to man; especially when it is the result of a problem that could have been avoided with a bit of due diligence.

Accidents, breakdowns and mechanical faults can lead to cars being inaccessible for weeks at a time, let alone the expensive repair costs.

However, there are a few things that you can anticipate and address, which could make a huge difference to both your stress levels and your wallet.

The basics: your engine, wheels and tyres

Check your oil – If your vehicle’s oil level is too high or too low, it could potentially cause damage to the engine. Regular oil changing ensures that any dirt or metal particles are flushed out of the engine. Before checking your vehicle’s oil, ensure it is parked on a level surface and wait for the engine to cool down after driving.

Clean the engine – In an ideal world, your engine should be cleaned out on a yearly basis. It is a lot easier to spot any potential issues if the engine is clean and you will be less likely to get covered in grease and filth when performing any maintenance. The engine can be cleaned easily by using a stuff brush and a small amount of washing up liquid – just make sure it has been thoroughly rinsed out before you drive!

Check your cam belt – If your vehicle has a cam belt, instead of a chain, this can easily start to break down – due to the belt being made from rubber. Make sure that your belts are checked regularly for any wear and tear, because typically they should be changed every 50,000 miles.

Tyre rotation – By rotating your tyres regularly you are not only preserving your tyres, by giving them a more even tread wear, but this will also save you money. Realistically, your tyres should be rotated every 5000 miles, but it is always best to consult your manufacturer’s manual for details about your make and model.

Wheel alignment – Improper wheel alignment can significantly reduce the life of your tyres and make the vehicle harder to drive. Again, the manufacturer’s manual will provide you with information on how regularly this should be tested.

The aesthetics

Think about your parking – Try to keep your vehicle parked in shaded spots for prolonged periods in the summer. The sun is notorious for causing paint to fade and peel over time.

Have some spare paint to hand – If your paint does begin to peel, or you get any small scratches on the car, it is important to remedy these as soon as possible. By keeping some spare paint at home, you can tend to these problems quickly in order to avoid a rust build-up.

Regular waxing – Waxing your vehicle not only gives it a nice a shine, but it also protects it from damage. Waxing can also help prevent paint chips, by making the surface smoother and reducing friction, but it also protects the car from contaminants in the air.

Driving

You may not be surprised to hear that driving your vehicle sensibly is one of the best ways to prolong your car’s life and save you money in the long-run.

Here are a few tips:

  • Keep away from potholes and objects in the road to extend the life of your tyres and suspension springs.
  • Avoid sharp turns, high speeds and over accelerating, particular in adverse weather conditions.
  • Avoid revving your engine when starting the car, especially in chilly weather.
  • Try to change into neutral when you need to stop, due to traffic lights or congestion. This will reduce your vehicle’s fuel consumption.
  • Avoid short, unnecessary journeys. Vehicles are most susceptible to damage during the first few minutes of driving, when they are effectively warming up.

This content has been provided by car leasing brokers CVSL.