Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Tiff Needell Advises on Summer Driving

With new research by the Good Garage Scheme revealing we are nation of motorists unprepared for long car journeys during the summer, Fifth Gear presenter, Tiff Needell will be speaking with radio stations this week on the importance of a Holiday Check for your car and advising motorists to visit their nearest Good Garage Scheme member for a check.
Photo courtesy of Tiff Needell

More than 41% say they have no plans to get their car checked before their next long journey, and this can lead to unwelcome breakdowns on holiday or even while travelling to the airport.

What precautions should you take before a long car journey?
  • Give your car a visual check. Are there any visible cracks or bulges on the tyres, and are they looking as full as normal? Check with your tyre pressure gauge
  • Ensure your fluid levels (namely coolant and oil) are topped up sufficiently. This five minute job may mean the difference between a trouble-free journey and parking at the road side with an overheating car.
  • Ensure you have plenty of water in the car for you and your passengers (including any pets) when travelling in hot weather.
  • Lastly, make sure your air conditioning system in the car is clean. A musty smell from the vents is a tell-tale sign there may be bacteria lurking.

If you are unsure about carrying out these checks yourself and want peace of mind before you set off, visit www.GoodGarageScheme.com and look for a garage you can trust for a Holiday Check.

It's like having a friend in the know!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Kevin Toms of FRL Autoservices in Top 5

Kevin Toms stading in front of FRL Autoservices garage
photo courtesy of FRL Autoservices
Kevin Toms from Blackawton has made it to the Final 5 of the the industry's prestigious Top Technician competition in the UK.
The Top Technician competition began in 2002 to find the UK's most skilled automotive technicians and to highlight areas of training. 

Kevin works for Good Garage Scheme member garage, FRL Autoservices in Dartmmouth, where he has been for 32 years. He is a local lad who has worked his entire life with engines of all sorts, from lawn mowers to lorries, tractors to Teslas and has now battled his way through the heats of this prestigious award to the final five.
Out of thousands of entries, Kevin was whittled down from the last 250 to 20 by a series of tougher tests, the last 10 were then invited to the practical semi-final in Bournemouth on Thursday 11th May 2017. They were put through a series of tasks with a twenty minute time limit. The five technicians with the highest score move forward to the next stage in Warwickshire on July 13th  with the final live event in Daventry on September 16th.

He has been overwhelmed that he has got this far. Having previously reached the top 50, he can’t quite believe it. Owner of FRL Autoservices, Ian Gobel and all of the staff, family, friends and customers are all so proud of Kevin and wish him all the luck for the final.

The Good Garage Scheme would also like to wish Kevin the very best of luck as he proceeds to the semi-final round.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Congratulations to Jane Bailey, Woman of the Year

Jane Bailey, Woman of the Year, Foxy Lady Driver, Steph Savill
Jane Bailey presented her award by Steph Savill
The Good Garage Scheme would like to congratulate Jane Bailey of Westgate Tyres in Morecombe for recently being named Woman of the Year by Foxy Lady Drivers Club.  

Jane's history involves working very hard alongside husband, Graham to grow their family business and in recent years sought to create a female-friendly business by encouraging ladies to learn more about tyre safety during regular Ladies Nights.

Congratulations to Jane for the well-deserved recognition.

Jane Bailey, Westgate Tyres, Good Garage Scheme, Woman of the Year
Jane and her family at Westgate Tyres

Westgate Tyres have been a Good Garage Scheme member since 2010 and offer regular Ladies Night courses. If you live in the Morecombe area and would like to book, contact them on 01524 840044.

For more information about Westgate Tyres in Morecome, visit their page on the Good Garage Scheme's website here.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

With many drivers taking to the road this weekend for the May Bank Holiday, we offer welcome advice from IAM Roadsmart on avoiding muscle aches. 

We don't always think about our posture while driving despite spending many hours at the wheel. 
Here are some driving tips from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.


Be mindful of your posture

As a driver it’s important to avoid positions that can cause muscle ache. Before you move off, try adjusting your car seat to a secure position that allows you to stay alert and maintain good visibility.
An incorrect seat position will not only be uncomfortable but may affect your ability to operate the vehicle controls.

Sometimes a nibble goes a long way

Pull over and have something to eat, but try and make sure that your snacks aren’t too sugar loaded – you may experience an energy crash later on.
Stay nourished and hydrated – your brain needs food to maintain concentration.

Wear the right attire

Avoid uncomfortable footwear that provides little sole support, such as high heels and especially flip flops.
In an event where you may need to brake firmly, the support of the soles of your shoes always helps.

Mother and children waving from car in summer sunshine

Travel safe

It’s always a good idea to take out travel insurance so that you're covered in the event of an accident or emergency.

The Good Garage Scheme reminds motorists to have their cars checked at a local Good Garage Scheme member garage prior to a long journey for peace of mind.  Visit www.GoodGarageScheme.com to find one local to you and ask for a Holiday Check.

Get the games out!

Journeys do not always have to be dull and repetitive. Plan ahead and get some fun games organised for the younger ones on board. This will make the journey feel miles faster and smoother, allowing you to concentrate on your driving.

Richard Gladman is IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards.

IAM RoadSmart has a mission to make better drivers and riders in order to improve road safety, inspire confidence and make driving and riding enjoyable.

To find out more about IAM RoadSmart products and services visit www.IamRoadSmart.com


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Don't miss our TV Advert

If you haven't seen the Good Garage Scheme's message on SKY featuring our own Miles Better, you can view it here any time.


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Monday, 15 May 2017

The Good Garage Scheme Aims Sky High

Miles Better, Good Garage Scheme character holds SKY TV logo
The Good Garage Scheme will be advertising this week on SKY TV, encouraging motorists to visit the website GoodGarageScheme.com to find a local garage they can trust.

Reminders about the benefits of the Good Garage Scheme and how easy it is to look at reviews from other motorists will appear alongside popular programmes like Game of Thrones, The Simpsons, SKY news and Haven.

Why not spread the cost of servicing with a Good Garage Scheme Service Plan just as you do with other household bills? 

Download the Good Garage Scheme's free app here.

It's like having a friend in the know!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Is Your Car's Air Conditioner Blowing Fresh Air?

bacteria, car air vent, green bacteria coming from ventHave a good sniff of the air coming through your car's air vents. A bad smell in the car is a telltale sign that the air conditioning system may need a specific treatment.

Nasty bacteria and mould are not so easily detected but may cause allergic symptoms for the driver and passengers.

Good Garage Scheme members are offering customers a Holiday Check this spring and summer which includes checking the operation of the air conditioner including a bad odour.   The check can be carried out while you wait.

Why not find a local Good Garage Scheme member offering the Holiday Check and make sure you and your passengers can "Breathe easy".