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Tips to Minimize Wear and Tear on Your Car

Preventative care, careful driving and regular maintenance all contribute to your car’s longevity, making it stay longer on the roads than in a garage. Proper care also helps you save a lot of money in the long run. Here are a few tips on how to make sure the wear and tear in your car is minimized.

Stick to your maintenance routine:
Familiarize yourself with your car’s maintenance schedule and stick to it. As your car age, more maintenance is required and car manufacturers always recommend regular service intervals. If you don’t do a regular service on your car, you run the risk of causing damage to your engine and other parts because service centres know what needs to be checked and replaced with time, such as spark plugs, oil, filters, etc.

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Never miss an oil change:
Oil is the lifeblood of your engine and over time the motor oil begins to degrade and lose its lubricating and cooling properties potentially damaging metal-on-metal contact. Regularly changing your oil and filter can save you in the long run, the failure of which could have you replacing your whole engine!

Warm-up!
Everyone is always in a hurry and it’s not uncommon to want to jump into our cars and rush off. But experts recommend that it is important to give your engine a minute or two to warm up. This helps your engine oil heat up and lubricate all the parts. It’s also best to avoid higher RPMs and speeds until the engine is properly warmed up and running at normal temperature.

Give your brakes a break:
Prolong the life of your brake pads and discs by easing up on constantly using them. The safest way to do it is by slowing down. The faster you drive, the more you will need to step on the brakes sharply. Keep a safe distance between the vehicle in front of you, which will give you more time to come to a slower stop without having to jam on the brakes often.

Use the parking brake:
A better option is to engage the parking brake when you stop. First, step on your brake pedal and then engage your parking brake; put the car into park and release your foot off the pedal. This will prolong your car’s transmission allowing the parking brake to take the car’s weight and not the transmission.

Take Care of Your Car Like a Boss in 6 Hours!

Admit it, we all love our car. We invest a lot of time, effort and expense into picking the car that is just right for us and our family. We expect our car to last for decades and take us safely wherever we need to go. But, as with everything, there’s a give and take; in order to receive the comfort, safety and durability we expect, we have to take care of the car and make sure that it remains in good condition over the years. The catch, however, is time. We are all so busy with our work and social lives that we barely find time to think about checking our car or giving it for complete servicing; especially since we need it on a daily basis for commuting.

With this in mind, we at GoBumpr came up with an easy solution. We offer our special Express Car Service that gives your car a complete check-up and other services. Plus, we do all of this under just 6 hours!

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What do you get?

Comprehensive 24-point inspection
When you book an Express Service with us, we undertake the responsibility to ensure your safety. For this, we do a complete and comprehensive 24-point inspection of your car.

1) Engine Ignition and idling
2) Engine noise check
3) Engine coolant check
4) Engine oil check
5) Oil filter check
6) Transmission oil check
7) Engine belt check
8) Engine acceleration and cruise check
9) Clutch operations check
10) Steering check
11) Injector, spark plugs check
12) Engine air filter/diesel filter check
13) Brake/ABS operation check
14) Suspension check and diagnosis
15) Voltage check
16) Battery fluid
17) AC cooling system check
18) Power window operations check
19) Lights check
20) Wiper motion check/water refilling
21) Wiper nozzle check
22) All door operations check
23) Tire thread/pressure check
24) Wheel rotation check

Expert diagnosis and vehicle health report
Like any good doctor would, we do a full diagnosis of your car and give you the health report. This will give you (and us) a better understanding of the working status of your car.

Electrical and electronics operation check
We perform intricate electric and electronic checks on your car to test and increase its current functionality.

Interior vacuuming
When we say we want you to travel comfortably, we don’t just mean with a well-working car. We don’t leave any corner unturned with our thorough interior vacuuming to eliminate all the dust and dirt that can get into every crease and nook.

Exterior foam wash
While internal check-ups are a necessity for smooth and basic performance of your car, nothing beats a car that looks all new, clean and shiny on the outside as well. We all secretly do love it when people admire our car, don’t we? Of course we do! And so, we give your car a good exterior foam wash to get rid of all that dust and grime that’s been building up over time.

GoBumpr’s Express Car Service package at Rs.999, ensures that our customers get what they pay for and expect from us because we value your time and we care for your safe commute.

Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Helmet

Traffic laws or not, wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle is an absolute necessity. Helmets cannot prevent an accident but it could be the deciding life or death factor in the case of a collision. But more often than not, riders tend to pick helmets based on looks and comfort over practicality and safety.

*Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act ’88 states that:
Every person riding on a motorcycle of any class or description should wear protective headgear.

Where headgear stands for:
a) By virtue of its shape, material and construction, could reasonably be expected to afford to the person driving or riding on a motorcycle a degree of protection from injury in the event of an accident; and
b) Is securely fastened to the head of the wearer by means of straps or other fastenings provided on the headgear.

When buying a helmet, there are always certain criteria that need to be looked into: the type of helmet, protection level and the correct fit.

A couple of things to take into consideration for the best helmet fit:
· If you wear spectacles, make sure the helmet sits comfortably on your head while wearing them
· The helmet’s inside lining should not be too snug and tight, pressing on your ears.
· Pick a helmet that suits the shape of your head

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Types of Helmets:
Not many people realize that the type of helmet they buy should depend upon the type of riding they’re going to do.

Full-face helmet:
Full-face helmets are the most recommended. The all-around head and chin coverage offers maximum protection making it the most popular and safest choice. They’re suitable for city commute as well as for high speeds. This helmet type also passes the aesthetic test in the looks department as it comes with unlimited designs, graphic elements and customization.

Flip-up Touring helmet:
Flip-up helmets are generally heavier due to their flip mechanism. Although it’s a variation of the full-face option, they are easier to put on and come with an integrated visor. This makes them a popular choice amongst travellers as they are a lot more comfortable for long distances.

Jet and Police Helmets:
Not the safest of choices, because they don’t offer as much protection as a full-face helmet with chin coverage. They are usually considerably lighter and airier in hot weather and are more suited to city commute; hence these helmets are not meant for high speeds.

Open-face or Skullcap helmet:
Unfortunately, due to our constant hot weather, a lot of commuters wear an open-face or skull helmet. A skullcap helmet may look comfortable and provide plenty of airflow on hot days, however, these are not recommended as they barely ensure any protection for the sides of your face.

Today’s market is filled with so many helmet choices, it’s easy to find one that checks all the right boxes for your safety, comfort and even looks. But the main point to remember is, while all helmets don’t provide complete safety, they do provide some level of safety; so, always wear a helmet!

Sources:
* http://diu.gov.in
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Don’t wait for the warning signs! Time to know what those dashboard lights actually mean

Every car’s dashboard has inbuilt warning lights that help the driver take note of their vehicle’s condition. These warning lights in the dashboard vary depending upon the fault of your vehicle. Either it indicates that something is ON or some problem has occurred.

What the colour indicates:

Red Light:
Indicates a safety issue or serious problem; check with a professional if this indication shows often. It serves as a reminder about service maintenance.

Orange or Yellow Light:
Indicates that some of the components need repair or service.

Green or Blue Light:
Indicates that systems such as the fog light, neutral state, etc.is active.

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What exactly are those dashboard icons?

Temperature Warning:
Indicates that the radiator cap has been overheated and crossed normal temperature limits. You will need to check the coolant level and any leaks.

Engine Malfunction:
Indicates that the engine needs a diagnosis because it can affect your vehicle’s emission and engine performance. Usually, the vehicle’s engine has a computer Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC).

Battery Alert:
Indicates to check your vehicle’s battery condition or alternator belt, because your vehicle’s voltage level will be below the normal level and is causing the charging system to malfunction.

Oil Pressure Warning:
Indicates to check your vehicle’s oil level pressure if your engine might be running with low oil. If this occurs, contact a professional immediately.

Anti-Lock Brake Warning:
Indicates that there is an issue with your ABS: Anti-Lock Braking System. This should be a priority fix!

Seat Belt Reminder:
This light is a prompt that you need to buckle up your seat belts immediately. In some brands, it gives you an indication sound if you are not wearing your seatbelt.

Fog Lamp Indicator:
Indicates that your fog lights are on.

Airbag Indicator:
Indicates that your vehicle’s airbag has an issue.

Before starting your drive, always remember to make a note of your dashboard’s various indications. It’s there for a reason and safety should always be the priority.