Friday, 14 August 2015

Diesel Prices Lowest Since 2010

The BBC reported today that the average price of diesel has fallen below 113p per litre for the first time since January 2010*. Supermarkets have cut their forecourt prices, and diesel prices were lower than petrol prices for the first time since July 2001.
fuel pumped into a car by a man showing hand only

Petrol prices have also fallen this week which is welcome news for all motorists. There is a handy tool at Petrol Prices website which allows you to find the lowest fuel prices in your area. If you sign in, you can change the settings on the finder tool to look for cheapest diesel, LPG or premium diesel as well as petrol in your area and also check more than one postcode.

Whatever the cost of fuel, the Good Garage Scheme recommends that you visit your local member garage to ensure your are getting the most from what you buy. A clean engine is an efficient engine. Ensure your car is working as efficiently as it can, and make the most of every drop of fuel.

Visit www.Good Garage to find a garage you can trust.

*Source: Experian Catalist information group report

Monday, 10 August 2015

Tips for Driving with Children This Summer

School holidays are here and there may be many trips this summer with children in the car.
family in car, sun set, child waving

IAM org logo in red, driving road safetyPeter Rodger, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM's) head of driving standards reminds us this week that no matter how difficult it sounds, the driver's duty is to the road and road users first - the children second.
He says, "Any problem the children have can be dealt with when the car is stationary, and should never be dealt with on the move. Easier said than done, but it is the only way."

Here are some helpful tips from the IAM:

Seatbelts on! 

child in car seat smilingIf you’re travelling with children under the age of three years you must use a child restraint. Children three years and above must be placed in a booster seat, safely secured with a seatbelt. Make sure you make the appropriate adjustments before you start your journey. If you’re using a child restraint,check whether it needs to be front-facing or rear-facing beforehand.

Everyone comfy?

Avoid placing large and heavy objects or luggage on the rear seat where your children will be seated.

Be prepared

Make sure you have packed important items for your journey including a fully charged mobile phone, first aid kit, water, blanket and high-visibility jackets – you may need these items if you’re vehicle breaks down and you are waiting for help to arrive.

Fun and games

Think about what games your children can take with them on long journeys to keep them occupied. If they will be using a portable device or in-car DVD player, make sure they have headphones plugged in so the sound doesn’t distract you.

Take a break

The longer you’re on the road, the higher the likelihood your children could become irritable. Plan to take regular rest breaks at least every two hours so you can rest and they can release some energy.

Travel with a friend

If you can, travel with another adult passenger who can keep an eye on the youngsters. This will allow you to fully concentrate on the road and prevent them distracting you.

'Have a word' when safe

Never turn around to deal with fighting youngsters while you are driving. Always find a safe place to stop first. Don’t continue your journey with children fighting in the back – it may affect your behaviour behind the wheel.

The Good Garage Scheme would like to wish everyone a happy and safe summer holiday.

Make sure to visit your local Good Garage Scheme member to check your vehicle is ready for the road. 

Monday, 3 August 2015

Congratulations Empire Garage

glass award, Empire Garage, FSB, 2015Congratulations to Ajay Gokani and his team at Good Garage Scheme member garage Empire Garage in Enfield for winning this year's FSB London Business Award for Enterprising Business.

The garage is a family business with a strong reputation, comprising a 24-hour forecourt and shop and a 4 bay workshop which has received over 3770 customer reviews on the Good Garage Scheme website with a 97% star rating.

On the awards night of 31st July, Steve Warwick, the London Regional Chair of the FSB, said, "Convincing a panel of independent business judges that you are the best in London is no mean feat. I hope that winning here tonight will be a stepping stone for growing businesses."

Empire Garage, Award, FSB, London, 2015The Good Garage Scheme would like to congratulate the team at Empire Garage for this fantastic achievement and wishes them continued success.

For more information about Empire Garage visit