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Stranger Found Hidden in Boot After Visiting Car Wash

A family from California were very surprised this week to return home from the carwash and find a stranger hidden in the boot of their car.

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Sal Landeros, the owner of the vehicle, pulled up to his house in San Bernardino County along with his son Chris, and brother Eddie, to find that a stranger had hidden in the back of his vehicle.

Sal heard a knocking coming from the boot. The three men approached the noise and opened the boot slightly, only to find a pair of eyes staring back at them. Immediately they slammed it shut.

Rather than taking matters into their own hands or letting the man out straight away, they called the police. Chris Landeros filmed the following situation on his phone.

The law enforcers arrived and surrounded the car, tasers and guns at the ready. They then sheepishly opened the boot and pointed their weapons. Obviously slightly stunned by the light and ruckus, the stranger stares at the officers before climbing out of the boot.

The unidentified man was then handcuffed and taken into custody where it is still unclear why the man snuck into the Landeros’ boot, and it is unknown what charges he may face.

Sal explained to the press that he was scared to hear the noise and discover that a person had hidden in his car for around 10 minutes. Sal said that the stranger was apologising and that he may of been hiding from someone.

“He was saying sorry a lot and he was running away from someone that needed his money, because he didn’t pay up or something. He must have got in while they were washing it. He just closed the trunk on himself.”

Not your average day at the car wash! We’re very glad, as far as we know, that this hasn’t happened to any of our Valeter insurance customers!

Here at Think Insurance we offer motor trade insurance to Car Valeters. We create policies that are specific to the customer, so that they can get the best out of the product they buy. If you are looking for part time or full time Valeter Insurance, please take a look at our website for more information now.

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Is New BMW Technology Signalling the End for Valet Parking and Car Park Jockeys

BMW have created a car that parks itself when you speak into a smartwatch, if the technology is adopted it could mean the end for valet parking.

Self Parking BMW car

BMW

Car Park Jockeys may be worried for their jobs as new technology from BMW shows a car that can park itself once told to through a smartwatch. Say the word again and your car will return to you, calculating the exact time you will reach your meeting point.

The technology isn’t honed to work in specific car parks, in fact it can actually be used in any multi-storey car park. To navigate and find a correct parking space the assisted parking technology uses four lasers that virtually map out the car park.

The four lasers create a virtual map of the building and help the car to navigate its way to find a space. The car then recognises its way around and will steer around obstacles that appear unexpectedly, such as incorrectly parked vehicles and it will break immediately if a collision is detected.

All the user needs to do is tell the car to park and later on, tell it when they are returning and the car will meet them. BMW are saying the technology is more precise than any of the existing GPS technology. GPS doesn’t have the precision that the lasers can offer, and the car is protected by a 360 degree collision avoidance system.

There is no official sale date for when self parking technology becomes available but we here at Think wonder if the Car Park Jockey job will be in danger for two reasons.

1. The technology will not affect Airport parking valets. 

2. Though the car has the ability to look and find a parking space, BMW were not clear on what might happen if there wasn’t a space available, which is often the case in a busy town centre on a Saturday!

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What You Need to Know About Tyres

Information about the components that make up a tyre and when to alter tyre pressure.

Tyre Fitter

There’s so much more to tyres than just rubber and air, in fact they are a remarkably intricate part of the car. So here at Think we’ve written an article that details those key components that make tyres such an important part of every vehicle.

What is a tyre made from?

 Tyres are made from a lot more than you might think. You will find these key elements in most motor vehicle tyres:

Tread

The tread is made from a rubber compound which can vary in shape, thickness and size depending on the conditions that you plan to drive your car in. The rubber grooves in the tread disperse water, meaning that the rubber will have a stronger contact with the road and better grip. The legal minimum tread depth on a car driven in the UK is 1.6mm.

Steel Belt

Steel belts give the tyre its rigidity while also allowing it to remain flexible. The belts are a layer of closely spaced steel cords wrapped in rubber. They give the tyre strength, resistance from dents and help maintain good contact with the road.

Sidewalls

The sidewalls offer tyres protection from the environment and have high abrasion resistance. They are non-reinforced and combine with the tyre’s air pressure to help carry the car’s weight. This helps them retain their shape when cornering. It is in the sidewalls where you will find the tyre’s specification markings moulded in raised rubber characters.

Bead-Wires

These wires are made from ultra-strong steel that help attach the tyre to the wheel. They are inflexible, inelastic, and they do not stretch or bend. The wires hold the tyre to the rim of the wheel even at high speeds or while cornering.

Maintaining the Correct Tyre Pressure

How to Maintain Tyre Pressure

Keeping your car’s tyre pressure at the correct level will improve your fuel economy, reduce CO2 emissions and make your tyres last longer.

You should check your tyre pressure regularly (every two weeks) to make sure they are filled to the right level.

To find the correct tyre pressure for your car check your handbook, or alternatively, it might be printed on a sticker on one of your doors.

If there’s too little air in your tyres, it will affect your fuel economy and cause gradual damage to the edges of the tyres.

Too much air in the tyres can make your car’s handling unpredictable and add to the wearing down of your treads.

Heavy Loads

If you are carrying a heavier load than normal you should increase the air pressure in your tyres to make up for the extra weight. You can find information on what level your tyre pressure should be for heavy loads in your car handbook. Don’t forget to change them back once you have removed the heavy load.

Run Flat Tyres

Run flat tyres are innovative tyres that are becoming more widespread – they actually allow for your car to be driven for another 50 miles should you have a puncture.

You can drive at a speed of up to 50 mph allowing for the tyres to safely make it back to a garage before being changed.

Warnings

• Do not mix run flat tyres with standard tyres, this will affect your ability to handle the vehicle.

• Only use them with a pressure monitoring system that can relay the information of a puncture or deflation to you.

• Do not tow with a run flat tyre after a puncture as they are only designed to take the weight of the vehicle.

If you are a Tyre Fitter, Think Insurance can offer you a great deal on Motor Trade or Tyre Fitter Insurance. We have over thirty years’ experience creating bespoke insurance for the motor trade, so why not see if we can help you now.

 

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Norwegian Transport Minister Calls for Tighter Winter Driving Laws for HGV Drivers

The Norwegian Transport Minister has called for Foreign HGV drivers going through Norway to take mandatory training to prepare them for dangerous roads.

Road closed sign

The Minister for the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications has voiced his concerns about foreign Heavy Goods Vehicle Drivers being too inexperienced to drive through Norway’s challenging Winter weather climate. This came to the Vice President Siim Kallas in the form of a letter which outlined the minister’s issues.

The letter reads “During the winter period we experience some serious challenges concerning the ability for heavy motor vehicles to navigate on Norwegian roads. The cold and changing climate

combined with our topography and geography, makes driving in the winter period particularly challenging.“

Locals Take Extensive Tests

Heavy Duty Drivers native to Norway have to take extensive driving tests, which involve driving on winter roads and more dangerous conditions than many other EU drivers have to face. It seems fair that foreign drivers should be able to meet this standard if they are regularly driving through Norway.

“Heavy goods vehicles that are not sufficiently equipped for our roads, or drivers that are unexperienced with winter driving conditions, represent a serious risk to road safety and a major irnpairernent to the traffic flow.”

There are a high amount of vehicles foreign to Norway that get stuck or slip on the icy winter roads, statistics show that foreign drivers are clearly overrepresented and something needs to be done. The minister believes that “a lack of competence to drive under difficult weather conditions is a major contributing factor” to the high statistics of foreign HGV accidents.

Foreign Drivers to Get Qualification

In order to solve the problem the minister is suggesting foreign drivers take a course, which will catch them up to speed with the regulations that are expected of them and establish proportionate levels of driver competence. It will explain when to use chains on tyres or winter tyres and give drivers the skills necessary to navigate some of Norway’s more treacherous Winter roads.

If the law is passed, Norway might see roads closed during heavy Winter weather and only HGVs with the correct license and technical equipment may pass through. By creating the qualifications, the minister aims to reduce road and transport fatalities.

If you are a HGV mechanic look no further than Think to get your HGV Mechanic’s insurance. Here at Think we can offer either full time or part-time motor trade insurance.

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20 million Drivers Taking Unnecessary Risks Making More Work for Vehicle Recovery Businesses

According to the AA and the Environmental Agency, 20 million drivers would take unnecessary risks driving through flood water, meaning Vehicle Recovery Drivers could be in for another busy winter.

The AA and the Environmental Agency are pleading with drivers to be #floodaware after a survey they created has informed them that 2/3 of men and 1/2 of women would risk driving through flood water.

1 Foot of Water Can Carry Your Car

It is very dangerous to drive through flood water, just 1 feet of it can set a car afloat. Despite the knowledge of last winters record wet weather and devastating floods more than 60% of all drivers would unnecessarily risk driving through flood water.

The biggest UK hotspots for vehicle rescues have also been named with Rufford Lane in Newark, Nottinghamshire being at the top with 96 flood related recoveries in 5 years. Other high scorers are Water gate lane in Leicester, the ford in Bucklebury, Berkshire and Slash lane in Loughborough, Leicestershire. All the flood recovery spots on the top 20 lists are situated in England with 12 at fords

The AA have rescued 21,687 in the past 5 years. More people are taking unnecessary risks while flood warnings are going around, and last year the vehicle rescue hit an all time record day, when on Christmas Eve 642 cars were recovered. 450 flood warnings had been issued by the Environmental Agency that same day.

19,000 Took the Survey

19,000 members of the AA took the survey carried out by Populus. It found that only 2/5 people would choose a different route if flood warnings were issued and that people in the East Midlands were the most likely to ignore them. 

“Too many drivers end up putting themselves in danger – and potentially those who come to their rescue – by taking unnecessary risks during flooding. It can be hard to tell what hazards lie beneath flood water, but more often than not there’s a lot of misery and a much longer delay than a well planned detour. We need drivers to check the flood risk for their entire route before they travel. Our flood warning information on GOV.UK is updated every 15 minutes and can help anyone plan a safe journey.” John Curtin, director of incident management and resilience at the Environment Agency.

It is not safe to drive through flood water and drivers must understand how a very shallow amount of flood water can carry away their car, else they’ll put themselves in danger and give vehicle recovery drivers a very busy winter.

If you are in the motor trade industry and need insurance for your vehicle recovery business, take a look at Think’s Vehicle Recovery Insurance. We can offer full time and part time motor trade insurance, come and see. 

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