Importance of Wearing Seat Belts

Safety devices are very important in our everyday life. Many accidents happen every single day and using safety restraints properly, have saved many lives. It is essential to recognize not only the importance of wearing seat belts but also the importance of the proper use of one.

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According to statistics published by the Road Safety organizations here in the UAE, many fatalities on our roads were due to unbuckled vehicle occupants. Thankfully, many more lives were saved in vehicle accidents, because they were using a seat belt restraint device.

In their research, The Institute of Public Health at the UAE University in Al Ain, stated that only about 10% of vehicle occupants wear seat belts when in the car. In 2014 alone, 67,483 such violations were recorded according to UAE Traffic Police in their annual report.

These figures, more than doubled in the first half of 2015, as the number of seat belt violations went up to an astounding figure of 158,406. This data was based on the fines issued to the individuals that violated the UAE Vehicle Safety rules.

Serious automobile accidents result in a fatality or serious bodily harm. Wearing a seat belt prevents passenger ejection during a severe accident. The chances of surviving, inevitably increases by 45% when wearing a proper safety restraint device.

To reinforce this, the UAE has placed new laws which will drastically reduce road fatalities because it’s now one person, one seat belt. Seat belts save lives.

Summer Car Maintenance In UAE

The UAE is one of the most exotic places on the planet, large open spaces and smooth roads that just seem to call you to get into your car and go for long drives. In a few weeks it will be peak summer time and a lot of UAE; Abu Dhabi and Dubai regulars would set out for road trips. But have you ever noticed that cars tend to be a little more difficult to maintain during the summer in UAE? If you have noticed this situation before, then have no fear as it is quite common. The reasons for this are actually quite simple:

  • You actually drive a lot more in the summer: Using your car more often will always put a lot more stress on it than usual.
  • The UAE can get really hot in summer: when given the choice between extreme cold and extreme heat, a number of us would pick warmth, but this can be tough on the radiators, crack the tyres, clog up the filters and stress the batteries.

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Here is what to do to keep your car in good summer condition:

  • Clean out your fuel filters at the start of the season.
  • Check your tyres for wear and replace them if need be.
  • Check your windshield wipers and change them if there are signs of wear on the edges.
  • Go for an oil change and get a lighter or less viscous motor oil.
  • Check your radiators and hoses for leakages or cracks. If you have any, ensure you replace them. If you use specialized coolants, this would be a great time to get a top up.
  • As always ensure your batteries are in top condition before you begin your vacation trips.

Like Mr. Sajid, our Senior Technician at Dial-A-Battery will say, “Our job is to make cars live longer”, call us today at Dial-A-Battery, the one-source solution for authentic and high performing SOLITE, Bosch, AC DELCO and Eveready batteries that will make your car last longer and perform better.

Road Safety During Ramadan

The Holy month of Ramadan is upon us and it is an important time here in the UAE, which is predominantly Muslim. It is a time for sober reflections, piety and of course, fasting. However, fasting has a number of side effects which could result in unsafe conditions on the road during Ramadan. According to the several reports, the Holy month is associated with increased number of road accidents and fatalities, and here are the reasons why:

  • Road fatigue during Iftar traffic rush: there is usually a lot of traffic at this time and drivers are usually tired and fatigued while rushing around for their iftar appointments, and this can cause their attentions to falter.traffic
  • Fasting: fasting results in dehydration or low blood sugar which can cause driver attention and concentration to be low, resulting in poor road decisions.
  • Personal body fatigue: the irregular sleep patterns and eating habits that result during the Ramadan month can result in dizziness on the part of even experienced drivers.

What do you do?

  • Drive defensively: you have to assume that all other drivers may be fatigued or have their abilities affected.
  • Try and avoid the pre-Iftar traffic rush.
  • Do not fast beyond your capacity; be aware of your limits.
  • Get enough sleep and enough food when you can.
  • Ensure your vehicle is in top condition before the month begins so you would have no reason to be exasperated during your fasting.

Visit us today at Dial-A-Battery to get the best top to bottom maintenance of your vehicle, improvement of your battery capacity with the best from SOLITE and other top retailers like Bosch and AC Delco.

Tips on car batteries from experts at Dial-A-Battery

The iconic Captain Volt shares his super-expert advice.

It happens to the best of us. You’re dashing off to work or an appointment… you turn the ignition key on and well, your car won’t start. Frustration immediately kicks in. You’ve guessed right – your vehicle has a flat battery!Captain Volt

When your battery fails your vehicle won’t start, sometimes leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere. So why take chances? Call Dial-A-Battery for a free battery testing service for cars, SUVs or light trucks. One of our professional technicians will give your battery a proper health check and advice on repairs or a replacement, so there is no downtime and you are back on the road without delay.

The ever-alert Captain Volt was quick to advise “Why take chances with your battery when you can have it tested with us. The thing to remember is that automotive batteries contain toxic chemicals, so you need to treat them responsibly by having regular checks and then return them to an authorized dealer when you buy a new one.”

“It is vital that you keep the battery clamped tightly to the tray using the clamping arrangement provided. This prevents it from vibration, jumping or jiggling. A loose battery will spill acid, damage plates and other active parts inside. Also ensure to not fit an oversized battery on the tray in a tilted manner as it can lead to acid spills,” Captain Volt added.

As experts in the business, Dial-A-Battery believes it is better to be safe than sorry and offers its advice freely. For example, not storing batteries in hot places and refraining from removing the heat shield as it protects and improves the life of the battery. Batteries should be treated with utmost precaution and the use of protective gloves and safety glasses when handling are highly recommended. Dial-A-Battery has more valuable tips to offer in the interest of both the driver and the vehicle. For example, it is recommended that you use only white petroleum jelly or Vaseline to protect your battery terminals from corrosion. Motorists are advised to never apply grease on battery terminals as they can catch fire in the case of a loose connection or sparking.

Mr. Sajid, Senior Technician at Dial-A-Battery had more tips to offer “My job is to help vehicles live longer, just like a doctor cares for his patients. So you won’t be saving money by fixing a lower Capacity (Ah) battery even if it fits your battery tray size. This is a common mistake and can lead to premature failure of the battery.”

“I also tell my customers to keep an eye on the Magic Eye. The “White Magic Eye” means your battery needs to be revived by re-charging. In cases where the battery has “Red Magic Eye” the motorist needs to replace the battery immediately,” Technician Sajid continued.

In keeping with its commitment to the automobile industry in the Emirates, Dial-A-Battery is happy to share more useful advice. Motorists can call 800 24 7 365 to speak to a technician or use the friendly online chat service.

Dial-A-Battery is the one source solution for batteries. All diagnostics are conducted on-site thus saving motorists all the trouble of having their vehicle towed or taken to workshops. The company stocks large range of SOLITE, Bosch & AC DELCO batteries and is equipped with state-of-the-art computerized systems that save the motorist valuable time and money.

Car Safety Tips on Tyres

How important do you think your tyres are? They are a crucial part of your vehicle’s safety and you shouldn’t neglect them. Statistics have shown that tyre failure is certainly the cause of many traffic accidents and road deaths in the UAE. But many of these crashes could be avoided if the following tips are implemented.

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  • Always examine your tyres regularly to know its condition.
  • Remove stones or any other object embedded in the tread.
  • Contact a tyre specialist in the case of lumps or bulges.
  • Check the tyre pressure on a regular basis and not before a long trip.
  • Always keep your tyres at the required pressure which is stated in your car owner’s manual.
  • Correct pressures are needed for maximum safety, grip and good tyre life.
  • Ensure your wheel alignment is in good shape as it can cause your tyres to wear easily.
  • Always have the wheel alignment checked when installing new tyres.
  • Do not mix tyres of different types on the same axle except in the case of temporary use of spare tyres.

Precautions
Before setting off on a car trip, certify your vehicle is in excellent conditions. You can do this by checking the overall conditions of your tyres. And to know the depths of your tyre treads, you can do the penny test for your car before commencing on a journey.

Conclusion
It is not abnormal for the overall performance of your tyre to reduce over a period of time. Worn-out tyres will surely slow down the performance of your car. Sparing some time to know the condition of your tyres will go a long way in keeping you and your family safe. Good luck!