TIPS & ADVICES:
The cars that we drive have changed dramatically over the past ten years in terms of technology and construction. Many vehicles, particularly from prestige car makers such as Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes now feature more aluminium panels in their construction. This is a growing trend because aluminium is lighter and stronger than steel and can therefore mean better fuel economy and improved safety.
However, the repair of a car with aluminium panels requires special techniques and equipment, so not all accident repairers can effectively repair these models. At Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs we always try to stay in-tune with the latest developments in automotive technology and as such have invested in special aluminium welding equipment.
Our expert technicians have also been trained in the very latest aluminium repair techniques. This means that we can repair the latest prestige models safely and effectively and return them to their original manufacturer specification.
If you drive a late model car then there is a growing likelihood that it will have aluminium content that requires specialist repair.
If you are involved in an accident then please contact Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs for specialist repair advice and a quality repair service
ARE YOU MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR BODY?
It is generally recommended that a house should receive a lick of paint and spring clean before being put on the market, but when it comes to our second biggest asset few people seriously consider their car cosmetics before they trade it in or sell it. As the present used car market is experiencing a slow-down, having your vehicle looking its best can make all the difference to a potential sale or to its trade-in value.
At Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs we can help you maximise the value of your car by offering a professional and fully licensed minor repair service. This means we can put right any annoying minor dents and scratches that can seriously detract from your car’s value. Minor repairs can be done quickly and cost effectively. We can also offer a full professional valeting service, using special machine polishers to return your car to showroom condition.
If you are getting your car ready for sale or trade-in why not make the most of its value by calling in for a free no obligation bodywork assessment. Call us on 091 388 999 to arrange a convenient appointment
PETROL SAVING TIPS
‘Economy Drive’ - With the price of fuel now reaching record highs, it is more important than ever to try and keep costs in check. Unfortunately we cannot control the cost of petrol and diesel but we can go some way to cutting fuel bills by following these simple driving tips.
A change of driving style – When driving it is better to accelerate smoothly and gradually. It is always important to keep a safe distance from the car in front and to brake gradually and in plenty of time. Read the road so that you can adjust your speed to avoid late braking. Higher speeds increase fuel consumption and only result in marginal decreases in journey time, so it is better to reduce your speed. Remember better driving habits can cut fuel consumption by as much as 20%.
Ditching the excess – Extra weight uses more fuel so remove unnecessary from your boot or back seat and do not travel with a roof rack that is not in use.
Peak Condition – Having your car in peak condition means better economy, so make sure your car is regularly serviced. Carry out basic checks yourself on tyres and fluid levels. Did you know that tyres that are 7psi under inflated will increase fuel consumption by around 3%?
Sensible steps – plan journeys to make them dual purpose where possible. Close your windows when travelling at speed. Open windows at 70mph increase fuel consumption by up to 10%.
DRIVING IN A FLOOD
Flooding is rarely out of the news these days. It seems floods can occur almost any time of the year and with fast flash flooding it can happen in some unexpected locations. Driving in a flood can be a dangerous and frightening experience. It can also prove very costly if you don't have your wits about you. Here is some useful advice for driving in flood conditions.
If you are unsure about the depth of water on a flooded road, do not risk driving through it. The general principle is that if the water is deeper than the centre of your wheels you should not proceed.
When approaching standing water reduce your speed. Even just a little standing water on the road can cause a serious loss of control.
If you have to travel through water try to use the centre of the road if it is safe to do so. Drive slowly but steadily in second gear, only fast enough to create a small bow wave in front of the vehicle.
Never drive through a flooded area when another vehicle is travelling in the opposite direction.
Remember a depth of only a few inches of water can cause damage to many vehicles. In particular engine damage can occur if water enters the air intake system and catalytic converters in the exhaust system may break if they are submerged in water.
If you have driven through water, once you have cleared the area and when it is safe to do so test your brakes.
If your car is in a flood and water enters the passenger compartment, do not turn on the ignition as this can cause an electrical short circuit. If in any doubt seek the assistance of a professional.
If your car has been in standing water have it checked at the earliest opportunity, even if it appears to be driving OK.