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How to ensure your car is ready for a long journey cross country with the kids

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Road trips are a lot of fun, especially if you are travelling with your family. But they take a lot of planning. The longer the road trip, the more carefully you need to plan. One thing you need to be particularly careful about is keeping your car in tip-top condition. Longer trips can cause more wear and tear to your vehicle, therefore, it is a good idea to be prepared for all the eventualities you may face along the way.

 

Here are a few things you need to check before setting off on a long ride cross country with the kids.

Check the lights

It’s very important to check that all the head and tail lights at the front and rear of the vehicle are working correctly, and get them replaced if they are not. Of course it is always possible that one of the brake lights or headlights will stop working on the journey so it’s a good idea to keep a spare bulb handy. They are usually fairly easy to replace and do not require technical skills. But keep the manual for your car in your glove compartment just in case you need guidance en route.

Windscreen maintenance

Windscreen wipers need replacing regularly. Make sure your wipers work correctly and if you have even the slightest of doubts they aren’t cleaning properly, then replace them.

 

There should be no smears or greasy marks left on your screen when they have been operated.

Windshield washer

Check the front and the back windshield wash levels. If the wash is not freely flowing there is a possibility that the pores have dirt in them which can result in restricted water flow. Clean them properly and adjust the angle if the water is not spraying out in the right direction.

 

Top the reservoirs up with windscreen detergent and keep a spare bottle of the washer with you in your car because if you’re going through rough, muddy or dusty terrain, or you experience bad weather on the way, your windscreen will need regularly cleaning. It can be very dangerous to try and drive without a clear view.

Check the air-conditioning system

Depending on the time of year when you are going on your road trip you may need to make use of the heating or cooling system in your car. Test your systems for any problems. If you air conditioning is not working correctly, chances are it needs regassing so pop it into your local garage so that it can be done. You do not want to be baking in a swelteringly hot car! If the heating system is not working properly, the screens will be foggy within minutes which not only means you will freeze during your journey but that you will be left with unsafe levels of vision too.

Check tyre pressure

Anyone who watches Formula One knows that having the right air pressure in your tyres is very important. It helps extend the life of your tyres, improves vehicle safety and gives you better fuel efficiency. Generally you can find information on the optimum air pressure for your tyres in your vehicle handbook or printed on the inside of the fuel tank flap. There may be different suggested pressures for the front and rear tyres so make sure you are aware of these. Usually the range is 35-42 psi, but it differs in every model and make of car. If you can’t find the air pressure indicator, look online for the specific guidance for your car.

Seat belts

Check if all the seat belts are working correctly and get any broken belts repaired.

Keep a spare tire

A tyre is considered safe up to a certain mileage. If any of your tyres have crossed that range then it’s better to get them changed. During shorter journeys, they can go without having issues, but for a more extended trip, there’s a high probability that one of them can burst or show signs of vibration when you try to drive faster. Also keep at least one spare tyre with you at all times in case of punctures.

Engine Oil Check

Check your engine oil with the indicator stick provided. If you keep track of the oil with regular readings then you won’t face any issues. Otherwise it’s a good idea to keep a spare bottle with you in case of emergencies. It takes barely two minutes to change the oil. Usually, the car gets hot when it’s low on engine oil and in extreme cases steam comes out of your car’s bonnet

Battery Check

A typical range for a battery to survive is seven years. Do not take any risks with it because you will not have anywhere to go if it stops in the middle of your journey. If your car lights are dimming and there are acid leaks then get it tested. If the condition is good then no need to replace, otherwise get a new one. Many repairers have second-hand batteries in excellent states available. Also, check if the battery terminals are tight and clean.

Transmission fluid

When the car has to cover hundreds of miles, it’s crucial to change the transmission oil if the due date is near. You may have to visit a workshop if you need it checked as very few cars have a check level stick provided.

Cleaning of Air filter

Air filters easily get dirty, and you should make sure it is clean before you start your road trip. It does not cost much and is extremely easy to change. You can easily tell if there’s some issue with them as your car will make a lot of noise when travelling as high speeds or while covering heights.

Emergency kit

Keep an emergency kit with you in case your car faces smallish issues that you can deal with yourself. This can include your tyre gauge, jump wires, gloves, a flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, rags and ignition key.

Car wash

Finally, if you are sure everything else is working fine, replacements have been made, and the car is ready, give your car a wash! It gives you that extra bit of happiness when you set off on a journey in a clean vehicle and a fresh interior!

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7 amazing facts about Land Rover

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Land Rover is one of the most famous vehicle brands around the world that specialise in luxury cars. It gained prominence ever since its introduction in the 1940s and now has become an icon for the United Kingdom. Run by the British manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover, it is owned by Tata Motors of India for well over a decade. In this article, we look at some of the fantastic facts regarding this brand.
Second World War connection
The times during which Land Rovers were originated was nothing short of a miracle. After the Second World War, the British economy was going through a tough time, and the government had applied several taxes and guarantees regarding vehicle exporting to ensure they are used by the manufacturers. Another hurdle during the 1940s was the low supply of steel and inflated prices. Two brothers, Spencer and Maurice Wilks started working on the design and were inspired by the original version of Jeep. They even used the Jeep’s chassis and axles for the prototype, which was the only vehicle they had on their farm. The aim was to come up with a stronger and efficient car that can work comfortably in farms and at the same times, run fast on the roads. Hence the term Land Rover was introduced.
Received all three Royal Warrants
Within a couple of years of its inception, Land Rover was able to gain the attention of the British Royal family. In 1951, it was granted a first Royal Warrant by King George VI in 1951. Land Rover provided the first bespoke state review car for the King and has ever since been the preferred vehicle for the Royal Family. It is one of the only two automotive companies that have all the three Royal Warrants from Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. It allows companies to promote the fact that they are associated with the Buckingham Palace. But it is also rumoured that not just publicity, but the queen prefers Land Rovers and has driven the cars for several years.
Used for military purposes
Land Rover Series II and III and Defender have become synonymous with the army usage around the world. These designs use aluminium as the core material, which means longer resistance in corrosive conditions and strength against strokes. It is most commonly used by the British Army and other Commonwealth countries such as Italy, Iraq, and Pakistan for patrol duties, although they are known by different names in each location. It was frequently used until recently, but due to the bomb attacks and mines, various armies are now trying to replace them. As of today, they still have a useful role and will take years to come up with an alternative vehicle that performs tasks in a variety of conditions.
Detailed attention on off-road functions
The first land rover design was very different from what we are used to today. It had a steering wheel in the middle, just like the jeeps in the late 1940s. Both the brothers lived on a farm in Anglesey Wales and required a vehicle that can help them work on the farm, as there were no proper roads nearby. Although they did take into account the car’s efficiency on the streets. Initially, hurdle clearance was focused upon in detail, and the recent models have just improved the designs for hurdle crossing purposes by introducing height-adjustable air suspension. It also focused on crossing the muds and water with working as a tractor. The modern cars can pass through 900mm of water without being a burden on the engine.
Introduced the first monster truck
It may not come as a shock that Land Rover was the company that introduced the world’s first monster trucks. It was the British Forestry Commission that required a vehicle that was quickly able to move through muddy and swampy land, and it was the Land Rover that came up with the innovative model to fulfil the requirements. The design included a lighter upper body with large tractor tires along with the axels with increased efficiency.
A symbol of adventure
With their stubborn design and strength, these cars have long been seen as the primary vehicles for exploring and adventure. Land Rovers were the first cars to win the world’s famous Dakar Rally in France and were a leader in crossing the Darian Gap. Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition was a competition sponsored by Land Rovers in which students of Oxbridge travelled from London to Singapore. For almost two decades, beginning the 1980’s the company provided vehicles for the famous Land Rover Olympics of 4×4 cars. In this race, the team of two people based on their nationalities had to travel thousands of miles around the world going through adverse landscape and weather to win the ultimate prize. It is no surprise that the population in remote areas prefer buying land rovers over other cars because of their multi-purpose qualities.
Multiple owners over the years
Initially, it was part of the Rover Company where the two brothers Spencer and Maurice worked but became a part of Rover Triumph division once the Leyland Motor Company took over in 1967. Due to the difficulties faced by the parent company, it was separated as Land Rover Company since 1978. BMW bought Land Rover in 1994 and tried to integrate it within their brand. A few years later, they sold Land Rover to Ford Motor Company, and it became part of Ford’s Premier Automotive Group after the acquisition of £6 million. In 2007 Ford announced that it would sell the Jaguar and Land Rover and Tata Motors India entered a successful bid of £1.7 billion a year later to buy both the brands along with three other lesser known trademarks.

Land Rovers have increased in quality and fame over the years; it shows in the record total annual sales results in 2018 which went up 1.2% to 180833 and with the innovative design and purposes, this number is predicted to go up in the coming years.

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3 Things We Can All Learn From Michael Schumacher

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Described as statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen, Michael Schumacher ranks first among Formula 1 drivers for the most World Championship titles won, the greatest number of fastest laps and the most races won in a single season.

 

He was born on the 3rd of January, 1969 in Hurth-HerMulheim, Germany to his parents Rolf and Elisabeth. Racing champion Michael Schumacher began racing go-karts at the tender age of four. By age 6, he had won his first club championship. He became an driver for the Jordan-Ford team at the Belgium Grand Prix in 1991 where he made his Formula 1 debut. In 1996, he joined the Ferrari team and stayed there until the year 2005. Michael Schumacher is a record 7-time Formula 1 champion and an undoubtedly inspirational human being.

 

Schumacher suffered a seemingly minor injury in 2013, at the French winter sports resort of Chamonix which unfortunately turned out to be much more, as he sustained brain injuries as a result of the accident and was put into a medically induced coma for 6 months.

 

Michael Schumacher has proven to be a figure to be reckoned with in the world of car racing and in life, and there are plenty of lessons we can all learn from him.

Mediocrity and Success Do Not Tally

You can’t aim for success and be on a medium level. Constantly aim to be the best at what you do, be it in your personal life or career. The successful people you look up to today wouldn’t be where they are if they had decided to stay on a comfortable level and undistinguished. Whilst many people are happy with average (after all, it is not failure), really successful people are always aiming higher. Why get a ‘pass mark’ when you can get ‘distinction’?

 

Michael Schumacher said “just being a mediocre driver has never been my ambition. That’s not my style”.

 

But great success only comes with resolve, hard work and consistency. You have to be shooting for the stars.

 

Many saw Michael Schumacher as too aggressive for car racing as he caused several accidents during his career, but it’s possible to see him as someone who just wouldn’t settle for anything less than improvement, fighting all odds to get to the top, and stay there.

 

Mediocrity and success do not go hand in hand. If you have come to the realisation that you’re not making waves as you ought to be, then take a look at yourself and ask if maybe you’re just too relaxed and not giving it your all.

 

Make extraordinariness a habit today and watch yourself soar.

Passion Breeds Motivation

Loving what you do is the first step to being great at what you do.

 

Motivation is powered by the passion you have for a particular thing and it’s that passion that will keep you going through trying times. No matter how rosy things might be or seem to be, trials will definitely come your way and how do you overcome such challenges when there is little or no zeal? Love what you do and you will definitely go the extra mile towards seeing your dream become a reality.

 

Michael Schumacher was quoted as saying: “once something is a passion, the motivation is there”. As a driver, Schumacher was passionate about his races and this could be seen with his actions on the race tracks. It is therefore not surprising that he has such accolades accorded to him.

 

Asides from the fact that loving what you do can bring you greater achievement, you’re gifting yourself a happier life too. Being passionate about your job or business gives you a great quality of life, even if you’re not earning as much as you ideally want to. Money is good but peace of mind is a necessity.

 

The belief in passion as a necessity for success has had many proponents. Steve Jobs, the former CEO of Apple and Pixar Company constantly preached the importance of passion and its numerous benefits. He followed a path he loved dearly and even posthumously is still recognised and revered in the business world.

 

Having seen the need to be passionate, why not take that bold step of leaving whatever does not bring you job satisfaction and go for what brings you joy.

Teamwork Helps You Grow

Nobody is an island, and we all need help from others at some time or other. Surrounding yourself with the right people will bring out the best in you. Successful people recognise when they need help from others in order to make an impact on the world, and they seek it out.

 

‘Two heads are better than one’ the saying goes, so think of what several heads can achieve! If you’re trying to build a business or carve a niche for yourself, find like-minded individuals and bounce ideas off them.

 

Additionally, having a team of amazing individuals who do the job right does not mean you end up having little or nothing to offer. Michael Schumacher said, “when you start out in a team, you have to get the teamwork going and then you get something back”. You give to get. Being associated with the right team is good but you have to contribute your own quota to get the ship sailing.

 

The official Formula One website writes, “Schumacher is statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said during a tribute to the champion on his 50th birthday,

“Michael is one of the founding fathers of the success we have had in the last five years, there is no other driver like him and his vast experience contributed tremendously in the development of our team.”

 

Michael Schumacher has accomplished in Formula One what others can only dare to dream of. The good news is that you can also make a success story of your passion. Success is not rationed. It comes with the right mindset and attitude towards work.

We can all learn a lot from Michael Schumacher, and apply the same principles he has applied to Formula One racing to drive success in our own careers too.

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How to Drive a Formula One Car Without All The Cost

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Many people dream about driving a Formula One car. The speed, the danger, the exhilaration and not forgetting that top-of-the-line car. Is there any more exciting, more desirable motorsport to be involved with?

However, there are a couple of things standing in most people’s way. Formula One is a very expensive sport to get into for starters. The cars require rocket-scientist levels of knowledge and understanding to drive, and many years of experience built through thousands of laps climbing the karting ranks. And that car, it’s never really yours to drive away. And if you did, would you really trust yourself behind the wheel of a car with an engine alone that costs a cool £6m to replace if you prang it?

Nope, driving a real F1 motor is a bit of a pipe dream for most people. But is there a way you can experience the drive of a lifetime in a Formula One car without needing years’ worth of racing experience and a six figure bank balance to pay for it? If you fancy yourself as a bit of a Lewis Hamilton then here’s how you might just be able to get your kicks without the risks.

Try Out An F1 Car Simulator

 

If you want to experience the thrill of getting behind the wheel of a real Formula One car, then your best bet is an F1 car simulator. Used by driving professionals and driving professional-wannabes alike, these car simulators give you as realistic a taste of what it’s really like to be on the grid in an F1 race as you’re ever likely to get away from the real thing. With a choice of the some of world’s best cars and all the world’s best F1 tracks to choose from including Monza, Barcelona, Silverstone, Imola, Nürbürgring and SPA Francorchamps, these racing set-ups give you the occupant an uber realistic feel of not just the exhilaration, but the track surface, and drive feel, and the cockpit too.

 

With throttles and brakes as sophisticated and sensitive as the real-deal, these car simulators respond in highly realistic ways, letting the occupant really feel the track surface in just the same way as a real F1 car. Thankfully though, if you spin off and get a prang in one of these beautiful marvels of engineering, you won’t incur the hefty bills of an F1 team!

 

 

Built to exactly the same specification as the real cars, these simulators have state of the art technology which gives such a realistic racing experience that they are used for practices by real Formula One race teams. The highly-developed, sophisticated software, full force feedback steering systems and fully adjustable pedal boxes, make the experience every bit as thrilling and all-consuming as a real F1 ride. Add in the sound pack that recreates an ultra realistic soundtrack to the drive and probably the only thing that tells you’re not actually racing around Silverstone or Monte Carlo, is the fact you’re not getting hammered by rain! Oh, and the fact that if you spin off on one of these tracks, you won’t be left with bumps and bruises. They can even be set up so that you can race alongside your mates or colleagues, so you can put your money where your mouth is, and test out who genuinely is the best driver amongst you!

Get Behind the Wheel on a Formula One Driving Experience

Or if a simulator isn’t enough to satisfy your F1 dreams, then how about an F1 driving experience? These experience days allow you to jump into the cockpit of a single seater Formula F1000 car, capable of going from 0 – 100mph in 4.75 seconds and, after a safety briefing, and a couple of circuit demonstrations where you’ll learn some of the best racing lines, it’s your turn to take the wheel and feel the thrill of being an F1 driver for a few laps of the race track! Or try out a Formula Renault car, similar to those driven by some of the world’s best F1 drivers on their way through the racing ranks, and get an experience you’ll never forget. You might not get up to their speeds, but you’ll still be able to feel the thrill of putting F1 pedal to the metal.

F1 2-seater Driving Experience

 

If you want the thrill of the ride without the responsibility of actually driving the F1 car, then an F1x2 or F1x3 driving experience might be just the thing for you. If you can find a location that has one of these very special modified two or three-seater F1 cars, and a driver who knows how to get the top speeds out of every corner, then you’re in for an eye-wateringly breathtaking ride! Hold on to your hats though as there is no back seat driving in these cars. It’s full speed all the way. There’s not many of these cars around though. The F1x2, a two-seater F1 car, based on a 1998 Tyrell 026, was only introduced in 2018 to give fans the chance to experience what a lap around an F1 track at race speeds was really like. Are you ready for that acceleration?

 

 

  • Fully adjustable seating and pedal position
  • Online leaderboard
  • Professional race software
  • Full force feedback steering system
  • Realistic quick release F1 steering wheel
  • HD driver monitor and spectator screens
  • Full surround sound system
  • Top Gear leaderboard
  • Fully trained lap coaches and event managers
  • Formula One backdrops

We deliver your event just the way you want it. Whether you’re looking for a historic Formula One race with Senna and Sterling Moss at the wheel – or wanting to race the very latest Formula One cars, the range of races we can deliver is easily the best in the market.

Couple that with an abundance of all the Grand Prix circuits around the world, with us, you have the power to build your very own motorsport event that is truly unforgettable.

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