Be van smart

Vans and light goods vehicles make up a good majority of vehicles on the road. In 2014 to 2015, an outstanding 3.5 million LGV’s were registered in the UK and this number is only going to increase as online buying becomes ever more popular and the logistic industry grows.

Matters of Testing (mattersoftesting.blog.gov.uk) are encouraging drivers of LGV’s to be “Van Smart” to enure their own safety and those of others on the roads.

Ensuring vehices are well maintained and regularly serviced are one of many point the goverment body recommends in order make sure goods and services reach their destination.

A range of videos and guides can be found at /be-van-smart to give you more information about what you can do yourself to help maintain your vehicle.

Winter is Coming

With Winter fast approaching as we have entered the final month of Autumn, its important we remember how the colder months can effect our vehicles performance and sometimes hit us with nasty and unwanted surprises.

Here are 3 common faults that our vehicles can be faced with during the winter months:

Dead Battery

The colder weather and darker nights mean that we are using our headlights longer and putting our heating on more often than usual. Along with the use of other components, our batteries are working a lot harder for a lot longer.

Tire Pressure

The cold weather can cause our tires to lose pressure which means they have an increased risk of going bald which can be dangerous on icy and wet roads. Try the 20p test to make sure your tires are not going to put you at risk.

Frozen Windscreen Wipers

It is not uncommon that lower temperatures can cause your wipers for freeze and stick to your windscreen which can ultimately obstruct your view in the snowy or wet conditions.

If you think your vehicle is being effected by any of the following, don’t panic, just give us a call on 01204 653 900 and we can advise you on the best solutions and fixes.

Remember to stay safe on the road and remember, we are only a phone call away.

The Morris Green Motors Team

Happy Halloween from Morris Ghoul Motors!

Tomorrow is the 31st of October which of course we all know is the spookiest night of the year; Halloween!

The streets are going to be full of terrifying monsters and frightening Frankenstein’s so it is important that we remember to be extra vigilant on the roads tomorrow night and keep all our our formidable friends safe.

That being said, make sure you stock up on treats and don’t have too much of a panic with all the visitors you will be getting.

Happy Halloween!

The Morris Green Motors Team

Smoking in cars with children to be banned

Drivers are being encouraged to change their habits as new laws put forward and agreed by government will see that drivers smoking in cars will face a £50 fine if any of their passengers are under the age of 18 from the 1st of October 2015.

Jane Ellison (Public Health Minister) said, “Second-hand smoke is a real threat to children’s health and we want them to grow up free from the risks of smoking. The only effective way to protect children is to prevent them breathing second-hand smoke and our plans to stop smoking in cars carrying children will help us to do this.”

This comes as part of latest measures to crack down on the harm caused by second-hand smoke.

Smoking was banned in public service and work vehicles under the legislation passed in 2007.

You can find more information regarding this new law at gov.uk and also at the BBC.

Checking your Tyre Tred: The Twenty Pence Test

You may have noticed that your vehicle tyres have lots of grooves all over them; these are called “Tred” and are actually designed to improve your vehicles grip on the road in wet conditions and avoid Aquaplaning (when your vehicles tyres have insufficient tred to clear water from the road surface).

The legal UK minimum tred depth is 1.6mm to ensure you are able to control your vehicle safely in wet conditions.

If your tyres fail to meet the legal limit, you could face hefty fines and penalty point on your license. It is important to check you tyre tred regularly we know a simple and effective way you can do so at home.

The Twenty Pence Test.

Make sure you vehicle is parked on a flat surface and turn your steering wheel in the opposite direction of the side you are going to test (if you are testing the tred on the right hand side of your vehicle, turn the steering wheel fully left as to gain easy access to your tyre tred).

Ensuring you are in safe surroundings, simply place a twenty pence coin into the tred grooves and focus on the outer band of the twenty pence piece.

If the outer band is obscured or disappears, then you are within the legal limit. However, if the outer band is visible, you may be within an illegal and unsafe limit and you should have your tyres checked by a professional immediately.

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Make sure you check multiples tred grooves on each tyre to get an overall indication of the health of each tyre.

The Basics: Checking Your Engine Oil

It’s important to check your engine oil on a regular basis to ensure it isn’t running low or become contaminated. Engine oil helps to maintain your vehicles engine and keeps it running smoothly. If your vehicles engine oil is low, dirty or smells like fuel, its time to top it up or change it.

Changing your engine oil is a simple process and can be done from home and doesn’t require a mechanic.

1. Make sure your engine is switched off and your engine is at a safe temperature.

2. Open your bonnet and locate your dipstick (usually a bright colour) near the front left hand side of the vehicle. Gently remove the dipstick and grab a lint free cloth.

3. Use the cloth to wipe all the oil off the dipstick and gently re-insert the dipstick.

4. Remove the dipstick again and check the level of the oil. It should be between the upper and lower marks of the dipstick. If the oil is below the indented section of the dipstick then its time to top up your engine oil.

5. To fill up your engine oil, re-insert the dipstick into the tube and remove the oil fill cap. Check your vehicle handbook if you are uncertain of which old your vehicle requires. Take your time when toping up the oil and allow it to drain into the engine as overfilling can cause leaks.

If you still don’t feel comfortable in changing your vehicle engine oil, give us a call on 01204 653 900 and book in to ensure no further problem arise.

MOT Tester to become nationally recognised qualification

On June 3rd 2015, the government blog “Matters of Testing” announced that the DVSA’s MTESS (MOT Training, Education and Skills Support) team are in the process of developing a nationally recognised qualification for MOT Testers and Authorised Examiners.

The aim of this qualification is to modernise the way MOT Tester and Authorised Examiner training is carried out to better meet the needs of customers.

The change will fundamentally:

  • Professionalise the role of MOT Testers and Authorised Examiners
  • Provide flexible learning for candidates
  • Imporve productivity
  • Provide a more modern approach to training requested by industry

 

If you have any questions, you can email the MTESS directly on MTESS@vosa.gsi.gov.uk, alternatively, you can find out more information on the gov.uk website.

10 tips for saving on fuel

Steve Huntingford (Editor for Telegraph Cars) has put together “10 fuel saving tips” that every driver should know.

Petrol and Diesel prices may have stopped increasing dramatically for the time being but we can all agree it is still a huge cost. Here are Steve’s 10 tips for saving fuel:

1. Make fewer trips
2. Dont drive in rush hour
3. Close the windows (and sunroof, if you have one)
4. Remove the roof rack or ski box
5. Dont carry round unnecessary weight
6. Accelerate smoothly
7. Don’t push the accelerator down too far
8. Turn the air-conditioning off
9. Stick to the speed limit
10. Check your tyre pressures regularly

For all the details on these tips, visit www.telegraph.co.uk. You can follow Steve Huntingford on twitter @swhuntingford.

Say goodbye to the paper counterpart

As from today (8th June 2015), the paper counterpart to your photocard licence is being replaced with a new online service that is set to save motorists millions of pounds and will change the way we share our information with employers and car hire companies.

The paper counterpart was introduced in 1998 alongside the photocard and displayed driving licence details that could not be included on the photocard. These details include some vehicle categories you are entitled to drive and any endorsement/penalty points.

More details about the changes can be found on the gov.uk website along with how these changes affect you.