Archive for the ‘Car shampoo’ Category

Driven to distraction – nagging passengers put strain on drivers.

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Many female drivers say they face a constant bombardment of criticism over their skills on the road when they have a male passenger.

According to the AA, 58 per cent of ladies are nagged at by their partners or male family members when they get behind the wheel.

But women aren't innocent either, with 50 per cent of men saying their motoring ability has been critiqued and even slated by female backseat drivers.

It seems that both sexes are keen to point the finger of blame when it comes to backseat driving but just a third (33 per cent) admitted to ever being one themselves.

The AA's research found the most common reasons for on the road criticism, and even in car arguments, is the driver not appearing to be aware of what is going on in the road in front of them, which 49 per cent of respondents said particularly irked them.

Not breaking soon enough at junctions was cited as an annoyance by 44 per cent, while driving too fast and being too near to the car in front were mentioned by 42 per cent and 39 per cent respectively.

Edmund King, AA president, said: “Back seat driving may seem harmless but it can lead to severe confidence issues for the driver being nagged.

“Often it feels like we just can’t help ourselves, especially if we think we are being driven dangerously, but constant back seat driving can distract and frustrate a driver.

“If you really feel you are justified in your criticism, wait until you have pulled over before giving it. Professional driving help might also be a good way to help correct the driving that worries you, while leaving your relationship intact.”

Last month's Dangerous Drivers' School programme on Channel 5 highlighted the issue. On the show, Helen Wilson from Halifax, West Yorkshire, said that nagging from her sister and her best friend had caused her to lose confidence on the road.

She was taken out in a car with an AA instructor and found that she didn't have a problem driving but the stigma of constant criticism had caused her to doubt her own ability behind the wheel.

She said that the most satisfying part of the experience was being able to go back to her sister and friend and tell them they were wrong about her driving skills.

“It was a really good feeling to be able to tell Jean and Cath that I was right – I can drive well!” Miss Wilson stated.

During the summer car insurance firm Esure conducted research which found that drivers are 60 per cent more likely to be involved in road accident if they are being distracted by a passenger in their car.

The company's 'Driver Distraction' study found that more than half (51 per cent) of drivers have gotten angry while on the road because of a back-seat drivers complaints, while 40 per cent said it had made them anxious and six per cent admitting that it had made the burst out in tears.

Young people were the most affected. Some 64 per cent of those questioned under the age of 25 said that they had lost their temper with a passenger while driving, while 54 per cent admitted to taking their eyes of the road in front of them so they could talk to someone else in the vehicle.

So, it seems that other than using the best car polishes and shampoos around, the best way to look after your car and ensure your road safety, might be to take as many journey's as possible alone.

Posted by Mark Henderson
 


Subaru endorse Autoglym’s range

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Subaru drivers can have that extra special feeling when they get their Autoglym cleaning products out this winter, knowing that the car care range is the perfect companion to their vehicle's finish.

The Japanese manufacturer has endorsed a selected range of Autoglym's range after extensive testing.

Subaru found that the car care products delivered such a high-quality finish they contacted Autoglym and asked if they'd be interested in launching a co-branded product aimed specifically at their customer base.

The range – which are all made in the UK – includes Autoglym's Bodywork Car Shampoo, Super Resin Polish and Vinyl & Rubber Care, Interior Shampoo, Leather Cleaner and Odour Eliminator.

“A large proportion of our customers take great pride in keeping their Subaru in the best possible condition. Thanks to our new approved car care range, owners can now use market-leading products to maintain an enduring, protective, premium finish all year round," stated Kenyon Neads, Subaru's UK marketing director.

Paul Caller, Autoglym’s CEO, added that Subaru's recognition for high performance and reliability matched that of his own firm's.

He added: "We are proud to become an approved supplier to Subaru customers, and to add this celebrated Japanese marque to the expanding portfolio of manufacturers that have tested and officially endorsed our products.”

Subaru's quality isn't just being recognised in the Far East and Europe. Car buyers in the United States have in recent years turned their attentions from large imposing vehicles synonymous with the American way of life and started by more reliable Asian vehicles.

Hondas and Nissans have been performing well in the US market for a while now but Subaru have gradually crept into the conscious of those planning to purchase a car stateside.

Steven Cole Smith of the Orlando Sentinel described Subaru as one the best manufacturers around this summer.

Posted by Simone Williams 


Motorist need to take extra care in the coming months

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Motor enthusiasts need to do more than just use the best car polish to ensure their vehicle remains in the tip top condition this winter, an expert in the industry has said.

Martin Paling, head of commercial vehicles for insurance firm Hastings Direct, has said road users need to take extra care when in the coming months as conditions are expected to be treacherous.

He said that with the daylight hours become shorter it getting darker for longer, the "likelihood of ice, snow and wet conditions increase", meaning traffic accidents will become more common.

"This could be slipping off the road in icy conditions or a multiple vehicle collision," he added.

He stressed the importance of having the correct vehicle insurance cover as it can be the difference between keeping an insured vehicle on the road and allowing the owner maintain their ability to perform daily tasks, such as family visits or commuting.

His comments follow on from recommendations made by Stuart Elstow of driver training specialists IAM Drive & Survive, who said motorists extra careful when driving in heavy rain.

Mr Elstow added that windows should be kept clean, something windscreen cleaner would be handy for.
 

Posted by Mark Henderson


BMW exhibits its polished past

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Car enthusiasts may want to take a city-break in Munich this winter and pay a visit to BMW’s Line of Beauty exhibition.

The iconic vehicle manufacturer has wheeled out the best and most beautiful cars in a show that illustrates its rich history in transportation.

Since its formation in 1916, BMW has been at the forefront of the automotive industry and this expo allows people see and even tough come its most well know vintage motors.

Shining and expertly restored with the best car polish and scratch remover money can buy each car really is a thing of immense beauty.

BMW’s flagship coupes and convertibles are iconic in their own right and visitors can see 14 individual exhibits that display everything from the pre-war 327 and 327/28 Convertible and Coupe models through to the modern F12/13 6-Series.

The 1950s was a time for style, sophistication and glamour and the BMW 502 Coupé and Convertible’s easily epitomise their era. The truly timeless BMW 3.0 CSI E9, sometimes referred to as the Six Coupé is also on displayed and ready to be marvelled at.

The German car giant has won its fair share of accolades over the years but few vehicles have the striking and award-winning allure of the E31 BMW 8 Series. When it was released it was thought of as a car ahead of its time, but appreciation of simplistic stylings has reached astronomical proportions in recent years.

If you like things big as well as beautiful then you must see the new BMW 6 Series, which continues BMW’s tradition of producing stunning and grand tourer vehicles.

The exhibition is being held at the BMW museum in Munich will run from the 28th October 2011 through to the end of September next year. It’s a truly unmissable event for those that love cars.

Posted by Mark Henderson 


RS5 cabriolet is car to care for

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

German car giant Audi is set to unleash its beautiful RS5.

A stunning cabriolet version is set debut next year and Auto Express is reporting sights of it flying around a test track close to Nurburgring circuit.

S5 Cabriolet has the same bulging wheel arches as the coupé model but where it really excels is in its performance.

Built with the same 4.2-litre V8 engine as the coupé, RS5 Cabriolet now boasts 444 brake horse power and 430 Nm of torque.

A quattro drive train enables its four-wheel drive capability and its seven-speed twin-clutch S tronic gearbox should see it do 0 – 62 mph in less five seconds before on to a top speed of 155mph.

One pit fall for speed merchants is the fact that it will be heavier than the coupé as it features the same triple-layered folding canvas roof as the S5 drop top and that means the engineers have had to strengthen the chassis.

But despite the extra weight, drivers will still experience the ultimate sports car experience as the seats are now pushed slightly closer to the roaring V8 engine.

The new model will also include new front and rear lights, a smoother and simpler bumper and a re-designed front grille.

The car is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012 and will retail round the £60,000 mark when it becomes available in the UK next summer.

Such a beautiful piece of engineering must be carefully looked after if purchased.

The Car Care Council recently issues a hand guide for keeping your prized motor in pristine condition.

It suggests you should wash your car at least once a week and polish a minimum of every six months if it's bodywork is to keep the shame shine it had when it was in the showroom. 

Posted by Mark Henderson


Brits clueless over car maintenance

Monday, October 24th, 2011

A new study has found that many Brits are clueless when it comes to car maintenance.

According to price comparison website Confused.com, 72 per cent of car owners do not how to check brake fluid levels and 69 per cent haven't the foggiest when it comes to monitoring engine coolant.

Katie Shephard, spokesperson for the road safety charity Brake, believes that knowing how to look after your vehicle is imperative if you are to avoid endangering yourself and others.

"It's vital that drivers are doing regular maintenance checks of their vehicle to ensure they are safe on the road," she said.

Gareth Kloet, Confused.com's head of car insurance, added: "Car maintenance is essential. We all love a bit of TLC so don't forget your cars need a helping hand too."

And with cars costing so much it's not just the inside you should look after.

Vad Samarin, editor of Samarins.com, said recently that keeping windows and headlights clean as well as wiper blades in good condition was every bit as important as maintaining a healthy engine.

The Car Care Council have issued a handy guide to ensuring that your prized possession stays spic and span.

It suggests your vehicle should be washed using car shampoo at least once a week and polished at least every six months to ensure the paintwork keeps its beautiful shine.

It points out that the best time to wash your car is straight after a rain shower as the effects of weather can have a major effect on bodywork if not seen to speedily.

Although water quickly evaporates, acid rain, caused by changes in the environment, leaves behind a residue that if not cleaned will eat into the vehicle's finish.

Cleaning with high performance microfibre cloths and clay bars will ensure that your car maintains that brand new showroom look.
 


Car maintenance ‘can save money in the long run’

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Adopting a proactive approach to vehicle maintenance – which could include using car shampoo and clay bars – could save drivers money in the long run, it has been claimed.

Rich White, executive director at the Car Care Council, stated that with the weather beginning to turn, it is important motorists take steps to look after their motor.

As well as keeping it looking good, car maintenance can also ensure the vehicle is safe for both the person driving it and other road users.

"Developing regular car care habits can help alleviate costly repairs down the road," Mr White said.

It is not just the appearance that owners need to concern themselves with.

Adverse weather conditions make it crucial that the motor is in proper working order and the expert urged drivers to prepare to avoid any mishaps.

"Whether you take your car to a local mechanic or do it yourself, an overall inspection of your vehicle now will go a long way to ensuring reliability and safety when severe weather hits," Mr White went on to add.

AutoMedia has suggested several steps motorists can take, including checking tyre pressure and having an emergency kit in the car should the worst happen and they are involved in an accident or become stuck in snow.

In addition, glass cleaner and car plastic cleaner could come in handy, with the company claiming that clear windows and headlights are essential in times of poor weather.

Vad Samarin, editor at Samarins.com, said recently that car owners must ensure their windscreen wiper blades are in top condition.

He stated that sand and dirt can become trapped under the blades, which means they can leave tiny scratches on the glass and possibly affect visibility.

The expert went on to add that if the blades do not work properly, replacing them with new ones is not that expensive.

Posted by Simone Williams
 


Dodo Juice car shampoo ‘impresses detailing enthusiast’

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Car shampoo is an essential exterior detailing product and it is important that motorists choose a product that works effectively.

There are a number of brands offering car shampoo, including Meguiar's, Autoglym and Mothers, however, one product that could be worth investing in is Dodo Juice's Born To Be Mild.

Martyn Collins, writing for Autoblog, recently put the shampoo to the test and was impressed with the results.

He highlighted that very little is needed to give the car a thorough going over and that the soap had a pleasant aroma, which is a hallmark of all Dodo Juice products.

The writer also noted that the car shampoo was very easy to use, meaning drivers will not have too much trouble applying it.

"I know this is true of all car shampoos, but the Born To Be Mild shampoo really glided over the surface without any hard work, even though the car hadn't been cleaned for a couple of months," Mr Collins stated.

The blogger also tested the company's original soft car wax, which he said was easy to apply and left a good finish.

However, Mr Collins noted that Autoglym's HD Wax is a superior product.

Dodo Juice's detailing spray was also put to the test and the writer concluded that of all three products, this was the best.

"All have their merits but the best in terms of performance and value for money has to be the detailing spray," Mr Collins stated.

The team at Victory Detailing recently noted how they used carnauba wax to breathe new life into the paint job of a Chevrolet.

After using clay bars to remove impurities from the bodywork, the experts applied the product and were pleased with the results.

"There truly was a deep and glossy shine after the wax was removed," they noted.

Posted by Matt Casson
 


Women ‘see car maintenance as a man’s job’

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Using car shampoo to clean a motor and other tasks surrounding vehicle maintenance are jobs for men to do in the eyes of many women, a new survey has shown.

Research by SimpleMotoring.co.uk revealed that tasks such as checking oil levels and keeping the car in good condition is something that males are responsible for.

Just over half of ladies surveyed said they know how to check oil, coolant and tyre pressures, while 90.9 per cent of gents said they understand how to carry out such jobs.

Motorists using tyre cleaners should be vigilant with the latter, as Roland Head, founder of the website, said that those under the recommended pressure could be losing money.

"Flat tyres increase your fuel consumption [and] are more likely to puncture, while a stealthy oil or water leak could end up doing catastrophic and expensive damage to your engine," he noted.

The study also found that ladies are not keen on taking cars to garages to get them serviced.

More than 81 per cent stated they feel intimidated doing this, while 63 per cent of men admitted to feeling anxious doing the same thing.

According to Mr Head, it is important that owners know how to carry out basic maintenance tasks.

"Knowing how to check the oil, water and tyre pressures on your car is an essential element of car ownership. These are not jobs that can safely be left unchecked between services – to do so is to invite problems," he added.

A study by HiQ recently revealed that 42 per cent of drivers are making journeys with dangerously bald tyres.

Those from Birmingham, the north-east and Cheshire are the most likely to travel around on tyres that are below the minimum required tread length.

Farrell Dolan, retail development manager at HiQ, described the situation as an "automotive time bomb".

Posted by James Robson
 


Detailing gurus reveal steps to remove swirl marks

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Minute scratches and fine lines can make a car's paint job look old and tired before its time, however, such imperfections can be removed provided drivers use the correct car exterior care tools and employ the right techniques.

These scratches can occur from road grit or from people not washing their vehicles the correct way and while removing them is a time-consuming process, the results make it a worthwhile job.

The team at Victory Detailing were recently called out to revitalise a Nissan 350z that the owner had purchased after striking it lucky on a slot machine in Atlantic City.

He was desperate to restore the car to its former glory and the experts were equally keen to do the work.

To begin with, they washed the motor down with citrus wash car shampoo to get rid of loose dirt and other debris that had accumulated on the bodywork.

Following this, they used clay bars to remove surface contaminants that the shampoo had failed to pick up.

The experts then turned to a rubbing compound to tackle the swirl marks and offered a few words of advice for anyone else considering doing the same thing.

"It always takes a little more time for the compound to break down and do its job so this step should never be rushed," the team noted.

Car polishes were then applied to give the paint a deep shine before the work was completed with a car sealant.

"The owner was very pleased with our results and referred us to his brother who owns a Jaguar S-Type R," the detailers added.

Vlad Samarin, editor of Samarins.com, said recently that drivers must address stone chips and scratches as a matter of urgency, as leaving them could see the paint work deteriorate and correcting them could cost more than it needs to.

Posted by Anne Simpson