Chapter 8 of the Traffic Manual 2009 is an important document and guiding principle for any business with a vested interest in the commercial vehicles sector, given that it relates to companies working on high speed roads and highways. As a distributor of vehicle equipment, we work with businesses for whom knowledge of Chapter 8 is vital if their businesses are to run smoothly. So, here is our handy visual guide to Chapter 8, and how it relates to highway safety for your business.
We often get asked why LED's are 'better' than incandescent bulbs/lamps and now the technology is getting to a point where it easily surpasses the older tech in certain applications its worth pointing a couple of things out.
1: They use far less power and are more efficient i.e they put out more lumens per watt. This is good as they are generally much much brighter, are ideal for rapid on/off applications and can be used normally on vehicles when the engine is off. Even the biggest LED light flashing light bars only draw a few amps so its safe to leave them running for extended period..
Today we rolled out a new postage calculator for shipping smaller items. Using Royal Mail Signed For shipping and volumetric price guides the products are categorised into weight and size and you should find a significant postage saving using this service on jiffy bag sized items around 250g and/or small parcels up to 1kg.
The commercial vehicle sector is currently aglow with excitement, coming off the heels of another successful CV Show and news of record breaking demand
We spoke to a number of industry experts who kindly shared their CV Show 2015 experience with us, outlining their main highlights of this years CV Show and explained just how the CV Show benefited them as a business.
Here we have the consumer reports survey 2014 results carried out to identify which brands have proven most popular amongst consumers. Statistics include scores for the overall brand perception, which cars have been "the worst" for the year and important factors in buying a new car including quality, safety, performance, value, design and technology.
Back in 2013 the ambulance service in the south of England fitted solar panels to the roof of their emergency vehicles. The aim of this exercise was to reduce carbon monoxide output by around 30 tonnes, it was a great idea, and it highlights how modern technology can be a real asset to the emergency services.
Over the years updates in technology have revolutionised the efficiency of emergency response vehicles and this has a direct impact on the effectiveness of their crews. Whether it’s a fire engine, police car, ambulance or breakdown truck, any emergency vehicle relies heavily on modern ..
Responsible motoring extends far beyond driving acumen and awareness of others on the road. Responsible motoring encompasses the driving experience and the vehicle itself.
Easy access to vehicular tools is essential for safe motoring. Tools are invaluable in breakdown situations. Imagine if you got a flat tyre in the dead of night on a cold winters even and were without a socket wrench? The following are five tools that are essential for any motorist to have in their car at all times.
The life hammer is a small tool that could save your life in the event of an accid..
The price of petrol in the UK has hit a six year low. As reflected in the world’s commodity markets, the price of oil hasn’t been cheaper since the turn of the decade, and British motorists are reaping the rewards.
Reacting to this, Britain’s major supermarket chains, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons have all announced their intention to shave two pence off the cost of petrol. Indeed, leading the way was Tesco’s and in January they cut the cost of petrol to 103.9p per litre on their forecourts. The other major supermarkets followed suit with similar cuts.
This development takes pet..
Commercial driving safety is paramount. This is no more apparent than when large-scale commercial vehicles are tasked with transporting goods from one end of the UK to another, or even abroad.
One of the contributing factors to safe motoring, yet one that isn’t often considered to be paramount, is the climate. What should be understood is the fact that weather conditions often play a vital role in long haul driving.
When driving throughout the summer months there are a number of factors that should be considered to ensure safe motoring. Here we examine the more prudent motoring considera..
Trucks are manufactured to be resilient vehicles, but this does not mean they are going to last forever. In fact, any vehicle without proper maintenance is bound to give out sooner than you expect. Despite the fact that it may seem bothersome to take extra care of your truck, bear in mind that the price of maintenance is significantly lower than the price of buying a new one.
Additionally, if something breaks down, you need to pay for the repairs, whereas with proper care, you can avoid those expenses. Here are a couple of things you should always bear in mind for the purpose of increasing ..
In December last year there were a total of 28,700 vehicle related crimes in the UK. That’s almost 30,000 in one month. For that reason, everyone should take car crimes seriously and put in place security measures to guarantee that their four wheels are safe. Especially if your vehicle is your livelihood.
But what sort of steps can you take towards making your car more secure?
Here are our six tips.
In the event that your vehicle is stolen, tracking the vehicle will prove extremely difficult. That is, unless you have a GPS tracker installed. With one you’ll ..
Driving the roads at night isn’t safe. Vision is impaired, you’re on unfamiliar territory, and you’re tired. Add those things together and you have a recipe for disaster.
But for some, driving through the night is a necessity. It’s a job. There’s just no way around it.
So what can those of you out there who spend time on the road under the cloak of night do to remain safe?
Get plenty of sleep – It’s important that you tailor your body clock so that you’re well adjusted to being awake at night. Driving in the dead of night means your vision is already impaired; don’t add to that danger..
Carolus Tools have been making high quality professional level tools for over 100 years and in over 40 countries. Their focus is on ergonomic design and durability. As part of the Gedore group they have a massive R&D area to pool resources from as well as high levels of quality control and manufacturing know how.
If you're looking for high quality tools at reasonable prices with excellent after sales support give Carolus tools a try. You can find some of their range on our site here and find out more and look at their online catalogue on their website here.
Buying a brand new truck can place a lot of strain on anyone’s budget, especially if you want to buy more than one for the purpose of starting your own line of work. Many professions nowadays use trucks as the main mean of transporting goods, and since these trucks are constantly on the road, they need to be in a good shape.
Truck drivers are fully aware that regardless of the initial shape and maintenance, truck parts wear down eventually. This is why you need to be extra careful when buying used trucks, and test them appropriately before ascertaining their real value. Here are a couple of..