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Winter Check

Have you had your vehicle checked over for the winter to try and avoid unwanted breakdowns? Winter is one of the most popular times of year to breakdown due to poor maintenance or vehicle neglect. The most common being battery failures, closely followed by low antifreeze content in coolant system which can lead to engine freezing solid, along with other items that could all be checked before the cold weather finally arrives for good.
 
GVS 24Hr Recovery can offer you a comprehensive vehicle winter check to eliminate most problems that would cause you to breakdown this winter.

Does your timing belt need replacing?

Does your Timing belt need replacing?

Over the last few days we have had a high number of breakdown call outs due to timing belt failure. The Timing belt or Cam belt as it is also know is a rubber belt that does not last for ever. It is a service item that should be changed periodically, this is usually tied in with one of the manufactures scheduled main services. It will be mileage or time related ie. Needs changing at 50,000 miles or 5 Years. This recommendation does vary from vehicle to vehicle depending on engine and model etc.

Ways to save on motoring

Ways to save on motoring

  • Which? explains 10 ways you could cut your motoring costs
  • Advice on everything from finding cheaper car insurance and hunting down low-cost petrol to getting your MOT done for less
  • Discover how much you could save, and where to go to find the cheapest prices on driving essentials

Follow our 10 tips to help you drive down your car costs by hundreds of pounds.

1. Find the cheapest petrol in your area
Cut your motoring costs by paying less at the pumps. The internet is a great tool for finding the cheapest fuel in your area, with no website more exhaustive than 

Breakdown Recovery Policies

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.

Basic car checks

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.

OilCars can consume as much as a litre of oil every 1,000 miles.

General breakdown procedures 2

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

Fuel Efficient Driving

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%.

General breakdown procedures

 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

General Winter Driving Advice

Winter motoring requires special care and a little preparation if you're to avoid a breakdown or accident.

Battery/electrics
  • Lights, heaters and windscreen wipers put high demands on the car battery. If the car is driven mainly in dark rush-hour trips, the battery will give out eventually.
  • Batteries rarely last longer than five years, so replacing them near the end of their life can save a lot of time and inconvenience at the side of the road when they finally fizzle out.
  • Avoid running car electrics any longer than necessary - turn the heater fan down and switch the heated rear window off once windows are clear.

Happy New Year 2013

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!

Unbelievable Battery Prices.

With the cold weather here already its now the time that a lot of vehicle batteries will be failing. We have been able to strike up some great deals this year with both our local battery suppliers. This means you will get some unbelievable prices on Bosch, Varta and Exide batteries as well as a few budget brands all with guarantees from 2 to 5 years. Give us a call and let us give you a quote to Keep You Moving!.

Winter Vehicle Check

Winter is definitely here now the clocks have been put back, making it darker earlier. Why not take advantage of one of our vehicle checks at home or at work to save you having to do all the running around. GVS 24Hr Recovery can visit your vehicles just about anywhere to give it a full winter check. This includes full Battery/Starter/Alternator digital test with results printout as well as checking all your lights, Coolant/Antifreeze strength, all your levels, tyres and more. Just give us a call to arrange a check now before its to late. 

Winter Weather

With the winter weather closing in, is your car ready for it. At GVS 24Hr Recovery we can arrange for one of our trained technicians to visit you at home or work to carry out a full winter check of your car. This service includes a check of your battery, a starter and alternator test with printout, along with an antifreeze strength test etc. Call us today before its too late, we're here to Keep You Moving this winter.