Category Archives: car maintenance

Reduce the risk of COVID-19 in your car

With WHO declaring the COVID-19 a pandemic, the coronavirus has sparked a global awareness about cleanliness and sanitation. While we are urged to wash our hands multiple times a day to stay safe, what happens when we get into our cars and travel for hours every day?

It’s common knowledge that our cars are filled with everything that we bring into it every time we get in and out. We drag into our car all the dust, dirt and various germs that our clothes and shoes have touched. While cleaning our cars should be a regular habit, it should be a bigger priority when a pandemic virus is involved.

There are plenty of companies that offer car Interior Detailing at affordable prices with free doorstep pickup and delivery. Booking such a service is definitely the easier option, however, if you decide to do it yourself, keep yourself and your passengers safe and healthy with these tips:

– Always wear disposable gloves and a mask when cleaning.

– Give your seats a thorough vacuuming to get rid of as much dirt off the seats first before starting the cleaning.

– Use a foam brush or a paintbrush to clean between your AC vents. Vacuum off the dust and wipe it down with either sanitizer or soap and water.

– Scrub down your seats, seat covers and carpet rigorously with soap and water. While bleach is known to kill viruses, do not use bleach on your car interiors as it will damage your car’s upholstery. The three main types of material used for car seats are leather, vinyl, and cloth, each needing different cleaning methods. So it’s best to do some research to find the product that suits your needs.

– Clean your dashboard and your infotainment system with a good alcohol-based sanitizer and a soft thin cloth, especially around the touchscreen console.

– Make sure you thoroughly sanitize all door handles, the steering wheel, shifter handles, seatbelts, and all other surfaces you touch the most in the car.

Once you’ve finished cleaning, don’t forget to wash your hands. Also, wash or sanitize your hands before and after driving. Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in your car at all times, so you can keep yours and passengers hands clean whenever you get into your car. Washing hands, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces are two of the best ways to defend against spreading the coronavirus; keeping the vehicle in which you commute daily, a clean and healthy environment is highly recommended.

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IoT in Vehicles: The Intelligent Car

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we live and the way we drive. Using advanced sensing and inter-connected data, the next generation of intelligent transportation systems has brought us into the era of the ‘intelligent car.’

IoT technologies used in vehicles offer a variety of solutions, including connected car solutions:
– Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)
– In-vehicle infotainment systems
– Navigation & telematics solutions
– Vehicle to Pedestrian (V2P) for safety and mobility solutions
– Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) applications
– Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) applications
– Vehicle to Everything (V2X) communication applications

With an estimate that at least 75% of cars will be connected in 2020, the growth of the Internet of Vehicles (IoV) creates a transportation system that knows who we are and where we want to go.

What is the Internet of Things?
According to Intel, “The Internet of Things is an evolution of mobile, home, and embedded devices and applications that are connected to the internet, integrating computing capabilities and using data analytics to extract valuable information and sharing data over the cloud .” In simple terms, IoT refers to everyday items being connected to the internet to make life easier. This means that you can control specific items remotely, via a smartphone app, to communicate with other products.

For example, if you run out of milk, your connected refrigerator will automatically send you a reminder when you walk past the dairy section in the grocery store. Or if you’re driving around and need to find a parking spot – since your car is connected to the internet, the parking meter connects to your car and tells you where the empty parking spot is.

How does IoT work?
Connected vehicles refer to the wireless-enabled vehicles that connect and communicate with their external and internal environments. The intelligent car is constantly being equipped and upgraded with technology to make us better connected with the elements both inside and outside the car; enhanced navigation, streaming infotainment, enhanced safety features, and especially the integration between the dashboard with smartphones and wearables.

Bandwidth Evolution:
The key technology to an intelligent car is 4G LTE. LTE possesses the speed, low latency and IP-connectivity, to enable high-quality in-vehicle applications. LTE guarantees speed and quality of service and improves vehicle connectivity dramatically.

With the goal being to achieve a safer and greener mode of transportation, connected cars are the future.

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Car Safety Checklist for Holiday Trips

When preparing for long road trips, it is always wise to make a complete checklist before you start, as you can never know when your car will break down.

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A good tip is to store an emergency vehicle kit fully equipped at all times in your car. A few must-haves include:

  1. First Aid Kit
  2. Reflective triangle
  3. A jack
  4. Flashlight with extra batteries
  5. Jumpstart kit
  6. Tyre inflator kit
  7. Extra fuel

Always get your car thoroughly checked and be ready for any emergencies. Remember, when in doubt, just follow the car manual.

The Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate

Every driver needs to carry legal documents for their vehicle: an original driving license, insurance, Registration Certificate and a PUC Certificate.

What is a Vehicle Pollution Certificate (PUC)?
A Pollution Under Control Certificate is provided to vehicles after they take the Pollution Under Control test. It is an official approval that emissions from the vehicle is under pollution norms. The certificate is proof that the vehicle follows the pollution standards set by the government.

It is mandatory for all vehicles operational on Indian roads to carry a legitimate PUC certificate.

The PUC certificate must specify:

  • The certificate serial number, to monitor when was the last test taken by your vehicle
  • The vehicle license plate number
  • The date of the PUC test
  • The certificates expiry date
  • The PUC emissions test readings

What is the Procedure, Cost and Validity of a PUC Certificate?

  • A PUC Certificate is issued with a new vehicle; with the validity of the certificate for a new car and bike being 1 year
  • The validity of a renewed certificate is 6 months for both cars and bikes

Vehicle owners can get the emission test and the PUC certificate at any of the following places:

  • At a petrol bunk that is authorised to carry out the emission tests and have trained employees for PUC testing
  • At service centres that are authorised to carry out emission tests

Costs & Penalties:
The cost to obtain the PUC Certificate varies from Rs.60 to Rs.100, as well as on the fuel type. While the fine for not carrying a PUC certificate is Rs.1000 for the first time offence and Rs.2000 for a repeated offence.

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