Tips To Take Care Of Alloys

Set of wheels are the gimmicks that makes style statement on behalf of a car. And in a league to make that more worthy, alloys should be well preserved and must be in the pristine condition always. Mentioned here are some tips to keep those spanking chunk of metal commenting about your attitude. In fact, there is no shy in saying that most of the car buyers in India look down to alloys first and then the car.

No one likes a dirty car, and dirty alloys are a strict no. Front wheels happen to appear dirtier than the rear ones due to filth passed from disc brakes. All the dirt residues are meant to be removed within a short interval, as leaving them for a long will tarnish the finish. Warm water, detergent and soft cloth are the best apparatus to cure them. Harsh brushing must be avoided, if felt necessary bug and tar remover too can be used.

Steam cleaning isn’t recommended at all. The same may damage the finish on alloys like it used to do when washing them hot. Pouring water on hot alloys will lead soap stricken to it.

Tips To Take Care Of Alloys

Always use the different sponge on the alloys and on the body. The dirt collected from the alloys can damage the paint.

Now, at the time of spanking it with the finishing job, apply wax or clear coat to maintain it as a shield from the dust and others.

Apart from the dirt and other substances kerb also poses a threat to it, always recommended to stay away from them. In the recent past some Smart Alex of the aftermarket had developed inserts for them which can be applied to avoid chipping.

Hence, the wheels are those which are nearest to the road after the tyres so they pose a greater risk of bruises. Maintaining them shows how much your respect your vehicle, just like the way a pair of shoes poses a status quo to a man’s attire. So, take that extra time and walk an extra mile to care for the wheels whether they are of steel or alloys.

Park It Right In Three Easy Steps

Parking a car is as strategic as driving it. Some may not agree, but anyways a report shows most of the car dents are happened to have been garnered while entering or exiting the parking lot. So, it makes a sense how trained a driver can be sometimes experimented with his parking skills as well.

Jolted down are some simple tricks to handle the menace gushing in and out the parking space. And at least if they wouldn’t work, it wouldn’t let down your impression that had to be created on the first date with a girl. We bet!

Park It Right In Three Easy Steps

Look Around

Looking around before parking means one should make sure the space isn’t a no-parking slot, nor it is in front of the gate, intersection, or does it belong to a taxi stand or any other public transportation. Even the parking space shall not be adjacent to the fire hydrant, post box and such other emergency instances. Before reversing your car in the space make sure all the signage around it are clear of not getting the car towed away.

Do Not Tree

A shade is always a better option, and even in the metropolitan surroundings the shortage of a proper parking lot is always felt. To the reimbursement, most prefer parking under the tree to avoid car from becoming a furnace due to scorching sunlight. Making it more delirious, parking under a tree is always full of danger far more than parking it under the sun. Admitted, tree provides enough shade, but risks like falling branches, bird poop always hover around. Some birds’ droppings are so acidic nature that even they cause permanent damage to the paint.

Gear And Handbrake The Right Way

Pulling the handbrake is of great importance when thwarted the car in parking, but effective only when done the right way. Otherwise the gearbox takes the whole load (of car) despite the handbrake being applied.

Select the neutral gear despite of the type of transmission your car possess (automatic or manual). And then pull the handbrake. During this process keep pressed the footbrake to hold your car until the hand lever takes on the strain. Once the handbrake is applied then slowly move the foot off the footbrake.

Well, there is a correct way to pull that handbrake, is to push the button as pushing the lever. Do make sure the click sound shall not occur due to not pressing of button. Once the handbrake lever reaches the fullest level, make it affirm by pulling it again to hear that click sound. Then, as said above, lift off the foot from footbrake. Obviously, in general situations the parked vehicle should not be in the 1st gear for manual and Park mode in the automatic trim. But when on a hill hit the car in gear after parking.

Park It Right In Three Easy Steps

Other Flicks

Prefer parking at the space which offers a wall on one side, or else can shot the last spot of the parking-lot in order to minimize the probability of damage. Also make sure that your car isn’t posing any inconvenience to any other car or any type of vehicles, where an insane driver may not leave a chance to leave a bruise on the metal.

Happy Parking!

Tips To Photograph Your Car For Sale

A picture is worth thousand words, and it works best when selling a car.

The days where websites are preferred at first, the perfect snap is an initial hook up for the buyers.

Sometimes, words don’t determine the anonymity, while the picture says it all.

Clicking pictures is an art; and all knows how photography is evolving to become a catchy trend these days. The shutter-bug bitten to each one of us is leashing out its effect with the help of phone and digital cameras. Mentioned below are some of the finest tips that may captivate buyers to reach your car’s posting with the best possible deals.

Wash It!

A dirty car doesn’t please anyone, except for a saucy photo-shoot. And if it’s going on web, means an exposure to the lakhs of visitants. So, when clicking, prefer going spick and span with vehicle as if it has just rolled out of the showroom.

If possible, apply polish or wax – to add a dose of glam to the picture.

Wash It!

Roll-Up

Roll-up the sleeves along with windows. The rolled-up windows sense a feeling of smoothness and completion. Otherwise, the rolled-down example feels blank and missing.

Prefer a Camera

What a camera does, the smarphone doesn’t! And we stand affirm by that.

The recent revolutions of technology made the phones smarter than it could have ever imagined. An example of it from the latest generation, will work just fine.

But if already had camera at home, then take some efforts and use it to click the shots. Avoid images that have bursting pixels and are pointing out dull attempts.

Prefer a Camera

Point and shoot digicams of old generations will also work better than an unsatisfactory phone.

Time and Locations

By the “time”, we don’t mean to click at any point of the day or amidst a dark night in the streetlights. The ‘location’ and ‘time’ shall be perfect to shoot a snap.

As per most photographers, time referred as “golden” is the best duration of the day. Actually, it is the slot soon after the sunrise, and just before the sunset. In that cranking moment, the sunrays turned out glowing with golden effect, which enhances the paint shade of metal exclusively. Even some of great movie scenes are captured during that period of day, which actually has extended the team’s schedule for number of weeks for just to get that whole aura in the particular sunlight effect.

Time and Locations

Photo by default does demand a batter backdrop. To make it more attractive avoid dark parking lots. Prefer going near to beaches by evening or morning. The jogging spaces can also fare as better options for some occasions.

Importantly, by any chance neglect uploading the pictures that were shot in the night and afternoon, because the flash of camera isn’t enough to substitute the sunlight wholly in dark; and during the mid-day sun remains quite aggressive to blow the paint shade out of its flavor.

Number Wins

Quality and quantity both together forms winning equation, this formula isn’t an exception here. Posting an ad with good quality photos in large numbers is always preferred.

Just to be sure, don’t go for the creative photography skills by means of unusual angles. Click at the conventional eye-level with a perception of keeping yourself as the end-buyer. Clarity to the condition of car definitely draws audience.

There are certain suggested angles which will make the images clearer. Front, side and rear are the basics. The wheels and the rims turned-to-left for the tyres tread facing reality are more relative. Engine-shot by lifting up the bonnet is a must. Inside the cabin, interiors with more focus to drivers’ seat get preference. To evident the details of interiors, recline the front seat, and click the front row by planting the camera on backseat – this will give the exact idea about the clicked area. Images of the gear-shifter (for the confirmation of automatic or manual transmission), music-system, steering wheel and the odometer too matters. The click of odo abreast interested onlookers with kilometer clocked by the car, suggested here to be bit precise on this shot.

Tips To Photograph Your Car For Sale

Additionally, if the car is subjected with additional features like convertible options, then snap both the clauses – a one with the open top and the other with closed roof. Likewise, the same does applies to the folding seats, which will detail the space on offer after they are knocked down.

Honest is the Best Policy

This one may not go well with the most sellers, because in the charm of making more money no one is likely to settle for a lesser packet by showing off their car’s flaws in first place. As know-how, spectators aren’t going to visit your place every time for the inspection, so posing the dents and scratches openly and quoting a genuine price will grant the seller a stand – it was already conveyed, the price is suitable to the condition and cannot be negotiated at all. Oops moment at the time when deal is about to crack, can turn down the other party with a waste days work.

The last and the most important tip is, don’t get so exclusive with the pictures that is seemed to be a one from the stack photos. That’s because, the spectators may derive an idea the photos posted aren’t authentic, instead they are taken from the galleries. So, going “slightly” shabby here definitely pays.

Tips to Effectively Use the Car Air-Conditioner

Picture this: An afternoon in summer, returning from the shopping with bags overlapped both the hands, scorching sun overhead, and anyhow managed to open the door and got ourselves settled inside the car; then it come to realization, how good it would have been when someone else had turned the AC on for us before we get inside the car. Well, that couldn’t be possible without a robot, or some advanced technology, or at least a chauffeur. But conventional audience like us, who had owned car purposely for commuting need, always tend to forget to service the car ACs before summer, and end up hassling with the AC knobs to cool as fast as possible. To avoid such circumstances, mentioned here are some tips, stated how to use the car’s AC effectively in order to save bucks as well as time, and also enjoy a cool breeze while driving.

First thing first, always park the car in shade. The sunbeam makes the cabin a heated furnace, and so the AC may not find itself capable enough to eschew the heat and fill-in the pleasant air. And we knew how difficult it is to find a shaded parking spot every time. If not succeed in getting a one with complete shade, then opt for a space which at least draws a shade during the afternoon, or at least half of the time the car is parked. This would aide in reducing the green-house gas effects on the car. The least, if not possible to get the shaded at any cost, then use the films and other articles on the windshield and windows to avert sunlight entering the cabin and heating up the entire area.

Tips to Effectively Use the Car Air-Conditioner

However, if all the efforts had failed of safeguarding the car in shade, and you have to drive the car with that heat, then avoid switching the AC just after getting inside. Wait for some time, and let the car exhales the heat what it has sucked, we mean drive the car without AC for a mile. Before pushing that AC button on, make sure a 90-degree turn had been crossed in the speed of 25-30kph with all the windows open to fly out the heat from one side of the window due to inertia, and also let in fresh air from the other end.

This is the most commonly sensed idea, like the fact common sense is very uncommon; we too may have evaded this one from our memory. Always start the AC in low then gradually increase its speed. Starting on a high is like someone wakes you up in the mid of the dead night and had asked to go to office with full enthusiasm. The best way is to control the temperature and blower for gaining the maximum outputs in the initial minutes.

This is one for a mid stage; note it, once the AC started blowing on our faces, turn ON the Recirculation Mode. In the gist, the AC system won’t suck air from the outside and it will use the one present in the cabin. and as a result, the cabin air would start getting cooler, the system will work less to further cool that one down instead of continuously cool the one sucked from outside.

Now, this tip is for the last stage when reached destination. Don’t shut off the engine before killing off the AC. To be a bit precise, shut off the AC quite a distance before the destination and let the fan do its task for a while. It’s not simply mentioned here to cut on the fuel-expenses, but a technical reason to be the main reason behind this action. When the AC is in work, we are well-versed with the water formation under the car coming from the evaporator, which also stays cool minutes after the AC is switched off. Due to its tendency of remaining ice cold, when turned off, and the hot air passes over it condensation takes place and water droplets start forming on its fins. To the rescue, when the fan is laid ON it dries out the condensation around evaporator and its surrounding, which in turn also avoid the bacteria formation and that dirty smell which occurs due to dampness.

Hopefully, the aforesaid tips will guide you to upkeep the AC for a longer time. Here, posted below are the small nips and tuck that are “also” meant to be taken care of.

Once a year make sure the air filter are replaced and also don’t skip the periodic schedule of maintenance. Ask service personnel to spray some anti-bacterial substances into the AC’s ducts and vents.

Importantly, if felt the need to replace the refrigerant, always opt for a certified dealership that only stocks original replacements for your vehicle.

Last but not the least, the AC is meant to take a charge on the fuel-consumption, which also affects the engine to an extent, so maintain precision when using them, with also a favour of responsibility to be shown for it. And don’t try to make you’re car an igloo when outside the temperature is matching the daytime of an arid desert. It’s for the reason that, human body is not meant to handle an extreme variation of temperatures, with the very low temperature inside when stepped outside the heat may get you fainted. 24-degree Celsius (75 F) is enough to stay pleasant inside the car, safe and dry.

Bitter Battery Problems: Tips To Fix It

Answer this. Which is the most important component of your car after engine? It’s, but of course the battery. In fact, for the wheels to get moving, battery only pulls the string of engine to churn it into life. And that’s not all, the other electrical add-ons, which a modern day car held, too runs on the battery. In short, it would have been difficult to imagine the car running without the invention of batteries in the universe. It is crystal clear that battery is the next most important component of your car in the near future. And we feel it safe to utter, the future cars will have 3-4 of them, looking at the burgeoning demand of features in the car market. However, the battery takes no time to fall off, if one is least concerned about it. To our experience, the car owners must lend their importance to the battery of their cars too, because it takes too short for a battery to fall dead amidst the journey. And in fact, if not followed the indications prior, then one may have to ask for the assistance to get the car pushed for getting it started. And we believe, one of the most embarrassing situations is, when the others come to know that your car breakdown was actualized by the negligence of battery. Not taking a lot of your time, let’s discuss the tell-tale of battery problems, and some quick fix solutions, before you hit the roadblock.

Signs of Battery Trouble: Symptoms

Frankly, the car’s battery doesn’t just gives up and at one take, but it gives a lot of indication before dying off. One has to keep his and ears open to hear them. Indications are not an example of rocket science that the usual car owners may not be able to figure it out.

Starting with the ignition, the car’s battery does play an important role in the engine ignition process (as we all knew it), but if it is taking more than the usual time, then there is something wrong with the battery. A fault-free battery holds enough of the charge to start the engine at a take, instead making you twist the key/push the start button again and again. Hopefully, the moment you turn the key fob, there the car starts, is what the proper battery does. It may be possible that a winter morning may take a bit longer than other days to get the powerplant into life, but on any of the other days it strikes as an important indication for us to see and observe the difference. So if anyone is facing the problem like a delayed start from the car, then it is probably the battery as first to poise this nag. The next time when you start the car do notice it.

Bitter Battery Problems Tips To Fix It

The other symptom that denotes the weak battery is, flickering of headlamps, when the engine is running idle yet. Yes, that’s the commonly seen and ignored indication of car’s weak battery by the owners. Most of us do take it lightly even after seeing it at the most, but doesn’t heed to pay attention to it, leaving it to the infusion of our “let it go” attitude. Take a simple test here. Let the engine run idle with headlights on. And now dab the throttle, if the headlights turns brighter, it means the battery is weak. And if the headlamps stay constant, there is nothing to worry about.

The Reasons: Causes

The first reason that comes to our mind regarding the hassle of batter is its life, and we seem to be an easy method to get rid of the fiddling power pack, is the “replacement”, which also falls to be an expensive way on the pocket. It advisable only when the battery has lived upto four years (more or less) from the time of purchase. The other side, that said, the battery do needs maintenance rather than a replacement for most of the occasion. For those, whose car’s battery hasn’t grossed four years and are still giving shortcomings in the run, then mentioned here are some of the reason that curses the battery to terminate its life shortly.

The major and the most commonly known, is the low running fluid level. It is called the “Battery water’ – a mixture of sulphuric acid and water. One can check it by opening the caps placed on the top. If the yellow-brown plates are fully occupied (we mean submerged) in water then there is nothing to worry about. But if they don’t, then you need to fill the case with the distilled water. Do not use the tap water for the distilled, because there are chances the tap water may contain some chemicals, which can change the constitution of the battery fluid.

The second cause is the connecting point. The connectors that travels the current from the battery to the vehicle sometimes gets worn-out and corroded due to deposit of acid on them. For the said reason, the power from the battery gets dozed off meanwhile, and it doesn’t hit the regarded terminal with the needed voltage, causing the improper functioning of some gadgets/features inside cabin. A replacement feels much needed when the said happens, or cleaning them requires a bit of techniques and some assorted cleansing agents. To its addition, if the connectors have became thin, then too are in desperate need of replacement; it occurs due to the acid deposits on them.

Handle Dead Battery Problem

Cleaning tip: The connecting terminals of battery must be taken off carefully, and then it should be cleaned by scrubbing a mixture of baking soda and water on them with an old toothbrush or a wire if available. After that, put them back in their place and smear them with petroleum jelly available in your nearby chemist stores. Petroleum jelly will keep the corrosion in check. We advise, be careful while cleaning those terminals, because they may be consisted of acidic deposits from the battery which can burn clothes and skin if fallen on them.

The last, and yet the ultimate technical crisp, that leads to the failure of battery is the non-functioning ‘alternator’. Alternator charges the battery when the engine is running. So it is advisable to take your vehicles for a checkup at a service professional for getting issues straight with the alternator’s functioning.

And not the least, sometimes it does happen with the cars which are low in run on odo, the fluid in battery case differs from the upper level than the lower level. It is because, due to low heating received from the alternator in the low grossing miles, the heat doesn’t reaches to the top of battery casing. Instead the most functioning takes place in lower potion, so the fate of liquid remains in two different in the same compartment of battery due to it. This type of fault/damage is irreversible; there probably is no solution to it. If anyone out there is facing this, he is needed to do the replacement straightaway.

Other technical drawbacks that terms to the shorten life of car’s battery is the “physical factors”. They can be anything like from the damage caused while servicing or the ones got hit in an accident. Though, we are not going to preach our article that extreme, which we guess everyone knows, but we will write the other minute points that leads to the effect and doesn’t comes into light probably.

First of them is the damage caused by hitting a big pothole. Growling over the giant potholes not only damages the suspension, but they also put some ounce of jerking effects on the battery as well. It can be severely damage the lead plates inside by sending a detailed vibration inside the case. Or else, a pothole can also become the reason for the loosen plates in the battery.

The other reason, that is unavoidable, is our climatic conditions. The battery is designed to work at its best in the temperature near to 25 degree Centigrade. But here in India, the climate is not that conducive. The mercury almost stays upper than the mark for most of the year, and in most of the regions. So abiding by that rule is not feasible. We Indians experience the extreme of climate, and both the ends don’t prove good results to our battery. The extreme cold takes to lower production of charge and that’s why we see it takes long to ignite engine on a cold winter morning. In contrast, the extreme summer condition heats up the production of charge which results more consumption of lead plates and fluid. So both these drastic conditions are batter for a battery to work as per the standard conditions.

Handy Driving Tips for Monsoon, by Tata Motors

Monsoon days are getting over, and the Rain Gods seem embellishing the last lot of showers over us. Posting the monsoon tips at this unresponsive time is sounding like a bit delayed towards our efforts. But though, we had kept it on our board for publishing it since days back. Hence, the shortage of staff in our organizations made us to write only for the ‘news section’ itself, and not anything else apart from that. Well, not every late is too late, and this post of our is not being an exception, so we then decided to make one informed what measures they can take to keep their car happy and smiling during the greeny days of monsoon.

Before continuing this post, let us inform the information which is going to be published below is shared to us by Tata Motors. So it means, the points mentioning the topic here is been tested and verified officials of Indian carmaker and are genuine to its core.

Firstly, the tips start from inspecting the vehicle, that too before igniting the engine in the morning. An overnight parking of vehicle in monsoon can lead to various serious mishaps, like the battery failure, leakages, deflation of tyres and such. So it means, doing a perfect inspection in the morning will definitely lead a one to sway his route with smooth tarns. Otherwise, he may have to be stranded amidst the roads looking for mechanic or the towing vehicle for making his vehicle reach safely at its desired spot. To an addition, we also advice our readers to make sure that a good acceleration session in the morning is tend to make the day spent well. Very importantly, it is advisable to also hear the sound of creep and its likes while accelerating firstly in the morning. It will lend a good help in understanding the tune of vehicle as well.

Handy Driving Tips for Monsoon, by Tata Motors
Checking coolant level in surge tank (plastic reservoir) is a healthy habit.

Water level in wind shield washer reservoir shall always be topped with clean water as and when required.

Brake fluid level must be inspected on a strict note. Hence, brake is an important feature, it is meant to be functioning rightly/perfectly during the days of monsoon, in order to avoid skidding.

Wipers must be paid attention, clear vision on the roads during monsoon are dues to it. However, Bosch one works better than any of the else in the market.

Wiper blades shall be checked regularly to avoid creepy vision during showers.

As earlier said the brakes must be working in proper condition, to an addition we would like to explain that use of parking brakes for most of the time during monsoon is mandatory. As the roads are slippery during these days, there are chances that vehicle could slide even after standing on a flat surface. That’s because, a small jerk from the passing by pedestrians or the vehicle may tend the Car to move forward and get crashed into something else.

Foggy climatic conditions and cloudy weather always make the vision darker for the car drivers, which in return sometime crates a near to zero visibility type of scenario. It makes the ‘use of light’ a compulsion in this season, where our point of saying ‘make sure the reverse lights are working when the gear lever is in reverse slot’ a beefy refinement to the gist.

While driving the rains, it is advisable to go SLOW always, speeding may cause fatalities.

In connection to that, one must switch on the rear defogger to make the indication a long way before the other vehicle could turn up nearby.

Don’t hesitate in using the parking lamps during daytime, when the scenario out there turns dark and cloudy.

Meanwhile, during the rains and dark climatic conditions, need not to forget the upper/dipper. It acts as a boon to the vehicles coming from the opposite direction.

Mentioning this stanza in the initial stages would have posed more of importance to the topic, but putting it between here will remind a one during its immediate urgency. ‘Clean and functional tail lamps’ are the words to check before monsoon. Though, this negligence sounds negligible in itself, but we say the same may poise the mishap by running a collision during the rainy season, as due to the lack of indication visibility.

And when on hilly areas, make sure the use  of handbrake are not just an additional piece of advice, but it shall be applied as mandatory in those areas, where gradients are loosening due to the time and water flowing over it making them smooth.

Overall, we would like to suggest, always go in the direction made by the Regional Traffic authorities, otherwise going against them is dangerous, in normal days too, but during monsoon it is like walking a fine line between the prospect of life and death.

Other minute details include, all drivers must remember (at all times) carrying essentials like a valid driving license, insurance and registration papers, and PUC receipts in the vehicle. Drivers should also keep handy emergency help- line numbers for on-road assistance, carry a First Aid kit, a water bottle handy for multi-purpose use like wind shield cleaning or toping up coolant in case of leakage.

How to turn your BMW into a safe vault

BMW hosts a lot of function in itself. But there are many of the users who don’t know the details about it. Meanwhile, this time on our driving tips section information is lent on, how to turn your BMW into safe vault that too with almost next to zero possibility, which can be opened at the service center when one forgets some of the operating processes in between.

This time in India, we (i.e. me and my boss) were invited for a press conference in one of four-star rated hotels of Mumbai. By chance my boss was driving a BMW those days, as he was having a one from his brother who was vacationing abroad at the moment. It was the 7 Series, so a lot of drama can be witnessed inside when one takes it out on the roads. People staring you all the moments, lot of admirations from girls, and no doubts from their fathers too, and the main action of the drama happened to us when we parked the vehicle at the parking lot of our hotel.

After leaving the car with the valet for that while, we left some of the luggage in the boot, and some important documents as well. Shocking to our grief, we found the bag missing filled with some of expensive apparel type stuffs when we came back to our car after the press-con. However, teh missing bag was only a small bag one containing a couple some expensive perfumes bottles. More to our grief, it was shocking to guess how such incident happened despite the vehicle being locked perfectly in its place. And when discussed this issue with the hotel staff, we came to know the parking in which we had left our 7 Series was not actually owned by the hotel. Instead, it used to be managed by some private owners who charge only a mere amount of the fee comparatively to the hotel premises. And is located just adjacent to the where one couldn’t make it out that both of the properties are of different owners due to their almost similar like designing cues. Lest, we then get caught hold of the parking lot manager, but he refused to swallow in the claim, wobbling out by saying the that a notice-board is hanged outside the premises which speaks, “park at your own risk”, that we missed to look onto before entering. However, we did a police complaint too, but due to some interconnections between the parking lot owner and the officer, there doesn’t revealed any of the progress in our case anytime soon. In addition, the venue where we had gone was completely outside the city, somewhere in the outskirts, so expecting something from the police force there wasn’t of any use. Back to the basics again, we gave up of finding the local culprit behind this incident and started looking forward to learning a lesson of life from this. And by that process a feature of the 7 Series came in front us, if which we could have known before, then may have avoided a face-off with this incident. It was the, “turning your BMW boot into a safe vault”.  Well, don’t be such excited we are there at your rescue, guiding you how to avoid such instances in life.

How to turn your BMW into a safe vault
If you had kept an important luggage in the boot, and had parked in the valet, then the incident which has happened to us may follow you too, despite making sure that you had locked everything properly in place. Hence, there is a button in one’s BMW which separates the boot from getting locked along with the other locking system of the car. It’s even so aggressive that one may not even open the boot by the keys if locked by that said button inside the cabin, or even by the boot handle under the chromed strip on boot-lid. However, the closing button which we had said just now in the above lines is located under the front armrest in 7 Series, where it maybe there in the 5 and 3 Series inside the glove box or elsewhere depending upon the model owned. However, that said button will be showcasing the boot-opening and locking sign on it. And when it is being tripped on the locking side, then said lock gets activated leaving no chance for anyone to barge into the boot by means without unlocking it form that button.

Well, there some of the smart Alex maybe thinking what if the valet/or any other who maybe knowing the button and also does has the keys of our car, can easily move into the boot of our BMW and can make it out with our stuffs. We appreciate those people with such perspective, because they had knitted out the perfect lacking from this article, and to their answer one need to take out the mechanical key from the fob by pressing a button on it (see it in detail in the video) to lock the armrest. Keep that mechanical key with oneself, and now can safely pass the fob to any valet parking attendant or any other person without worrying a bit. Hence, the luggage pounded in the BMW’s boot is now completely safe. But to add as a reminder, do insert the metal keys back into the fob when the valet attendant returns it to you after driving out from the parking lot.

How to program BMW’s Navigation system to avoid certain areas on route

As been known, driving is a sheer pleasure in Europe with the class-defining roads, and end number of technology embedded in the car. This time we had came up with the new sort of know-how that some of us maybe wondering how to do it if find helping themselves without the proper know-how guide. It’s none other than getting addressed of learning “how to avoid certain areas on BMW’s navigation system”. Though, it is of more usage in India rather than being in most of the European countries, as India is facing the dig-pits every now and then, the Europeans do the same in a systematic way to avoid congestion in traffic-flow. However, we find it of great utility in this Western continent too.

Though once out for an event in the morning, we were bestowed with the information by a local source that some of the roads on our route maybe blocked due to the maintenance work, expected to be carried out on one of them. But despite this indication, and also because some of our Indian-type attitude, we didn’t took it so seriously. Finally it was Europe! And as one knows what penalty it has to be paid for not following the driving rule there. Without any doubts we were trapped in the road-block cluster there. Need not to worry, it wasn’t there some of the legal suites or traffic police woes which we were dwindling with; instead it was the jam that had been counted to our way for some hours due to our negligience. Disappointingly, we messed up with ourselves in that thronging traffic jam and (without a second thought) missed the event too. From that time, we learnt that most of the BMW users deploy an action on their navigation system to avoid that street/road on the route which is being harnessed by the maintenance work or other miscreant if got known in advance. Hopefully, one too can avoid it if they had taken a loan from a person, and doesn’t wanted to cross him again in the life, i.e. simply for not paying his dues. Well, another example for it is also the one’s ex-girlfriend. Listed below are the conclusions what we had derived after watching this video.

How to program BMW's Navigation system to avoid certain areas on route

Go to the iDrive first, as what one will usually do, and then select the Navigation menu from the given list. ‘Route Preferences’ is the next option that one is required to choose from the further course of option, and then finally select the “Areas to avoid” for the further set of actions to be sanctioned.

After selecting the said tab, now you are landed on the map where it is needed to scroll to the particular area that is needed to be barred from the driving route. And after reaching to the desired spot press the selection by taking to the cursor to the center of the area which has to be avoided.

Now you had done the job, and to make you sure that same area will be shown in the “Areas to be avoided” context the next time you visit that spot. And need not be striking the fumble session, one can deactivate it also easily by that same process.

But finally be careful while selecting the boundaries of the ‘area selection’ temperament, and if selected a Highway in that clutter, the system may tend to write-off the highways which you are not intended of as well.

Watch the video for getting yourselves a brief description about it.

How to operate the BMW’s Pedestrian Detection System

Every car nowadays seems to be lugged with ample of features. And along with the features safety comes accompanying too. But to be true, sometimes we had a strange feeling in our mindset, why this car companies provide so much of features in a car, which in return is also eats up the car’s battery tremendously. That in return one needs to get at the bay of service center again and again. Hopefully, our real concern of disgracing the car’s new technologically advanced features is not the battery, instead we had sometimes found ourselves stuck in a fuss over the usage of those “new advanced and features”. Once in the Europe when we were crossing the highways, which actually we don’t do in the night time, there we felt need of the Pedestrian Detection System, which was there on our car i.e. a BMW of 2013 make (did not felt the need to mention the exact model yet). Disappointingly, the car was new to us and we were dangling the how to deal it out. Then there itself we made a call to one of our friend in who then made us guide us successfully. After reaching the destination, we asked him how he was manageable to give us the right inputs despite being not endowed with the car at the eyes-front. He then replied very annoyingly it was this video on YouTube which had actually helped him to get us out of the fuss.

That’s the reason this post we had posted on our blog so that next time anyone out there if get struck on some deadliest stretch of highways, like we got into a one, and wanted to creep out safely from it, then it could help them to make the most of it from a 2013 BMW’s Pedestrian Detection System. Don’t be disappointed, we are not leaving the section explained half-bloodedly, mentioned below are some of the tips that we had garnered from this video.

Firstly, the detection system functions on the basis of two different cameras, a night one and a day one.   The Night Vision system use an infrared camera positioned which is placed in front of car and with the mechanisms of infrared it puts the entire cranking thing into function. The Pedestrian Warning system that works during the day applies a standard camera to the work, but applies brakes in case of an emergency to avoid collisions.

How to operate the BMW's Pedestrian Detection System

However, the Pedestrian system is switched on in the 2013 BMW by the default itself, but if one feels the need to kill it off then it has t be done manually using the iDrive menu. Now, don’t ask where’s is the iDrive menu been popped up from, for this get into the video to know more of the details. Let us remind you, once if you switched off the car, and then again had started it, again by default the Pedestrian Detection system will be activated, which to switch it off one need to do the all said actions one more time.

Very importantly, the Night Vision system doesn’t need the Pedestrian Detection function to be activated, in order to work, which we came to know after watching this video itself.

That’s not it, if there felt the need to view scene from the night vision camera on the car’s navigation screen, then the moon and road button located on the left side of steering wheel need to be pressed and it’s all there in front of you.

Hopefully, if the detection system detects any of the pedestrian obliging your way suddenly or by any other means then it applies the brake automatically. But this happens only on the daytime detection system, not on the night ones instead.

The gist of all, if any of the detection system (maybe day or night) detects a pedestrian on the road, it then sends the audio and visual to the driver on his instrument cluster. And if one is viewing it in iDrive screen of his BMW then the yellow colored mark is shown on the screen resembling a pedestrian there ahead on the road. But once again, we tell the Night Detection system doesn’t apply brake when it detects the pedestrian, while daytime functioning does. Overall, one is advised to not solely rely on the automatic braking of the BMW’s Pedestrian Detection System.

Indeed that this system fallen additionally on our pockets in the country where we were driving this BMW, here we say it was worth deploying a one in the car. Because seeing the trend in India, someone may feel that it is not required for any of the BMW cars here because most of them are chauffeur driven. Despite this sort of analytics, sometimes it happens one also tend to drive it out any of the given scenario to suit his type if mood, and then this sorts of features fall tempting on the driver’s seat to follow the trait of road norms.

Tips to safeguard your car from getting stolen: Part 2

Last week we had mentioned about the tips regarding safety and security of the car, and had also affirmed to update you with the gadgets available in market that can support the best. Now after doing a bit of research work, we had reached a point where we got our hands on the mentioned gadgets that are best to use and falls tough for thieves to undo them.

Gear Lock:

Gear lock comes in two types, a U-shaped and a pin-shaped. Both of them are made of hard steel and are tough to break in a very short span of time. It is needed to be mounted near the gear lever, and the gear knob required to be slotted in neutral or reverse tractions to engage the lock. In actual, the lock is fitted in on the car floor by drilling the jag into it, and therefore the thieves find it hard to pull it up even after they get the access to interiors of your vehicle. It holds up the traction in that same locked condition and disallow them to move the vehicle unless and until they’ll won’t unlock it. Comparatively, the pin shaped is the safest. The pin passes through the central tunnel of the car and sits away from the sight of saw tools and others when locked in place. In addition, the keys of it are also not easy to replicate, hence a spring-loaded mechanism ejects the lock when it is unlocked.

Gear Lock

Though in our recommendations, we suggest to buy the pin-shaped only, as it is the safest from the mentioned two. And also look for the better spring mechanism in the one which you are buying. Both of the locks falls in the range of Rs. 1,000 – Rs. 1,500 approximately and comes with a warranty of five years. Hopefully it is the easiest, best and yet the cheapest security measure for your car. Takes only a few minutes for the fixation and is easy to maintain as well.

Steering lock:

Steering lock is also another device that avoids the car theft in its best. Hopefully, it also falls in the secondary case when thieves gets access to enter your car, but due to the steering lock he too will not be able to drive away the vehicle. This device comes in the shape of a stick, which on the one end locks the steering and on the other end stops the pedal from getting dabbed. This is in actual a dual security, the steering and pedal, both of them gets locked at a single attempt.

However, it isn’t costly, but comes in a very efficient manner for a price tag of Rs. 500 to Rs. 800 approximately in the market (for basic version). We suggest you to look for the one that comes with rugged build quality and also a quick release design.

Steering lock

Central locking and alarm:

Nowadays, the modern day vehicles already come equipped with central locking, but we suggest buying an alarm system for it. The alarm works on the basis of sensors, and triggers the alarm when it faces the force entry into the vehicle. There is a central processing unit embed in it which takes inputs from the shock and pressure sensors placed around the car. In addition, a remote control also comes with the alarm system that is able to lock your vehicle even from a distance. The system is so smart that if you had locked the car using remote and are trying to open it with the keys, then it will trigger the alarm and would inform the nearby crowd about this activity of yours. Need not to embarrass, one can kill the alarm when he will unlock it with remote control.

Central locking and alarm

Our recommendation says, prefer the one which has good range of remote and can locate your car in the parking lot too.

Tracking devices:

In the days of advancements, car security system is also not left behind. Along with the unending list of smartphones, there are the ones available in markets which are called as GPS-and GSM-based security devices. It is said to be the most hi-tech security made for the car yet. It uses the aforementioned technology of sensors and central locking, with the advanced functioning of a mobile SIM to send the message to owners when detects the forced entry via its sensors. The SMS to owner is regarded to be of the car theft taking place, where one can disable it by sending an SMS too. Also there are other features to which it detects the high speed of car that is notched without the owner’s knowledge. Seems very important to keep a track of your chauffeur.

The tracking device costs approximately for the price tag of Rs. 8000 which also gives you the benefit of one year warranty. Whilst,  the extracts of our research work says, there are products in market that comes with SIM only units, and instead of not preferring it choose the GSM and GPS based devices to derive the accurate location detection.

Tracking devices

Hence, all the above mentioned devices are worth spending the cost. It’s because, when you had spent lakhs on the car purchase then a bit more of the bucks will lend you a complete mind of peace. It seems a no-brainer when you had already splurged this huge sum of money on the metal, and are not willing to spend some small amount of grinds for its security. At least, one can buy the steering lock and gear lock to do the minimum for the said sake. They both are not so costly either, and when visibly the thief even tries to manage to pass forward the gear lock then he will find him stuck in the fuss of steering one. So both of them are best enough to give you the toughest ever security, and would also deter the thief to move towards the next unsecured car. Lest, moving a bit more advanced than these two you will notice, the GPS tracking system will lend the knowhow of a car even when one is not living in the country.