How to prevent your car from being stolen

Written by Sophie Evans


Site: www.hootcarinsurance.co.uk Article Date: 12 July 2005 Release date: Immediate

How to prevent your car from being stolen

Car crime is falling and statistics show that car criminals are slowly being outwitted by vehicle owners andrepparttar police. Car crime fell by 9 percent between 2002/3 and 2003/4 according to police recorded crime statistics, proving that if owners continue to make small changes in their behaviour they will generate a dramatic decline inrepparttar 149010 number of car insurance claims being made for stolen cars.

Having your car broken into or stolen is a distressing business that leads to emotional upset and financial implications. If your car is stolen you will haverepparttar 149011 hassle of making a claim on your car insurance policy and you will be seriously inconvenienced until it is replaced. If you have had belongings taken from your car thenrepparttar 149012 chances are you will feel violated, having lost something valuable or irreplaceable. This is a natural response to having someone enter your property or take something thatís yours.

Itís fairly easy to break into a car, windows can be smashed and locks forced. Fortunately however measures can be taken to stoprepparttar 149013 thieves in their tracks. If every driver followsrepparttar 149014 thirteen point plan below then insurance premiums might fall andrepparttar 149015 honest motorist can keep their property to themselves. Keep your no claims bonus and even reduce your car insurance premiums by doingrepparttar 149016 following:

1.Never leave anything on display in your car. If you leave your bag, stereo, CDís, wallet or mobile phone lying around in your car, then it is going to become a target for thieves 2.Park your car under a street lamp or in well lit open space if possible. Thieves do not want to work under a spotlight and are more likely to go for a car that is parked in a shady spot 3.Better still put your car inrepparttar 149017 garage every night if you have one and lock it. It is unlikely that car criminals will try and break into your garage to get to your vehicle 4.It sounds obvious but always remember to lock your car. Often car thieves are given an easy ride by people who leave their cars open 5.Try to park your car in a secure attended car park if you are leaving it anywhere public 6.Have a car alarm fitted by a professional. This will deter a thief like nothing else 7.Invest in a steering lock and use it every time you leave your car 8.Have an immobiliser fitted which preventsrepparttar 149018 car from starting. This will make sure that even ifrepparttar 149019 thief gains access to your car he/she wonít be able to drive it away 9.Have a tracker fitted so that your car can be traced if it is taken 10.Have your car registration or vehicle identification number etched ontorepparttar 149020 windows, both windscreens andrepparttar 149021 headlights. This would deter a thief planning to disguiserepparttar 149022 identity of your car by changing its appearance 11.Put security markings on your car equipment. It is recommended that you put your vehicle registration on items such as your stereo 12.Never leave vehicle documents in your car as they could help a thief to sell it on 13.Putrepparttar 149023 aerial down so as not to give vandals temptation

Get Down and Get Dirty.The Technical changes to the Irish Driving Test

Written by Robin Piggott


The latest round of changes torepparttar Irish Driving Test were implemented on, Feb.14th 2005, as part of a chain of E.U.Directives.

Test Candidates are now required to have a basic level of mechanical knowledge, which any good professional School of Motoring would have been teaching from day one in any event.

The car of today is a very different beast compared with its grandparents and any driver, young or old, should have a range of skills that enable them to identify problems and takerepparttar 148934 necessary remedial action.

The Driving Examiner will select three questions at random from a list of technical aspects which will include openingrepparttar 148935 bonnet. While it is not exactly space technology,repparttar 148936 ability to identify this range of equipment and to describe how individual checks would be performed, does require some thought and a little practise. Some ofrepparttar 148937 equipment will have accompanying warning lights onrepparttar 148938 instrument panel some does not, so some ofrepparttar 148939 requirements will already be known (hopefully!)

Candidates will be asked to explain how they would perform checks on three out ofrepparttar 148940 following list:- Engine Oil: Coolant: Steering: Brakes: Horn: Indicators: Lights: Tyres: Reflectors: Windscreen washer.

The underrepparttar 148941 Bonnet checks relate to:-Power Steering Fluid; Brake Fluid; Engine Oil; Engine Coolant; and Windscreen washer Fluid. In a newer car all of these pieces of equipment are easily identifiable by coloured tops torepparttar 148942 various reservoirs, which have an easily recognisable icon painted or etched into them. The location of these five essential items does vary a little from model to model so if you have changed your car inrepparttar 148943 lead up torepparttar 148944 Driving Test then spend a few minutes double checking.

Inrepparttar 148945 event of very bad weather (rarely a feature ofrepparttar 148946 Irish climate) it is unlikely thatrepparttar 148947 Examiner will ask forrepparttar 148948 bonnet to be opened but since he or she has already spent time outsiderepparttar 148949 car, checking brake lights and indicators and paperwork, itís not impossible. If he or she is a fisherman or a boating enthusiast then a few drops of rain will be water off a duckís back. Just keep an eye onrepparttar 148950 weather and ensure that your heater or demist controls are pre-set .Two persons inrepparttar 148951 car during rainy weather will mist uprepparttar 148952 windows extremely quickly andrepparttar 148953 candidate needs to be equally deft withrepparttar 148954 controls.

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