We bought Liz’s car dot com.

Liz Turner a female motoring journalist has been in the industry for years, her website and blog are must reads for any car enthusiast, “not just women drivers.” Here you’ll find reviews, stories, hints & tips and invaluable insider knowledge.

Liz recently sold her Mazda6 to us and has blogged about her experience. A must read for anyone who is thinking of selling their car. It’s honest, insightful and tells it how it really is…..

 

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http://www.liz-turner.com/they-bought-any-car-dot-com.html

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Santa Dash!

Here are the webuyanycar.com Santas dressed ready to dash. On Friday they covered 242 miles in under 9 hours, visiting every webuyanycar.com branch in the North West to raise money for Willowbrook Hospice. photo 221 224x300 Santa Dash!photo 31 300x223 Santa Dash!photo 21 224x300 Santa Dash!

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Santa dash!

Santa dash with a difference!

Tomorrow, two webuyanycar.com employees will be dressed head to toe in red, white and tinsel as they hope to collect clothes from every webuyanycar.com branch in the North West and head office in Middleton before making the final stop at Willowbrook Hospice.

The two Santas hope to cover a total of 242 miles in under 9 hours, collecting enough clothes and donations along the way to pay for the much-needed special window blind for the hospice’s new relaxation room.The hospice receives £30 per bag of clothes collected and needs in excess of £500 to pay and fit the blind in the room.

The activity will build on the ongoing fundraising that all webuyanycar.com branches in the North West have been involved with since we organised the link up with the hospice in October 2012.

For the last month we have been donating £1 for every review of the webuyanycar.com service at any branch in the region and staff have again dug deep to drum up support from customers, families and friends for the santa dash.

Willowbrook Hospice comments, “We’re incredibly thankful for the help and support
webuyanycar.com has shown us over the last few months. We wish both Santas the
very best of luck in this latest madcap fundraiser and we look forward to a happier Christmas thanks to them.”

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Preparing your car for winter.

It’s December, it’s cold, (if not freezing) it’s time to dig out the hats and gloves and time to stock up on de-icer. Yes, winter is well and truly here to stay, so you need to prepare you car for it.

We’ve asked our experts for their top tips on how to make sure that you and your car are ready for the wintery months.

Make sure that you check your:

Tyres. Check your tyre tread and pressures. It should be 1.6mm deep across at least three-quarters of the grooved area, all the way round. This is the legal requirement. Check them at your local garage. The correct tyre pressure should be printed on a sticker inside your fuel cap or in the inside of your door. If you’re struggling, just check in your car’s manual.

Brakes They should stop the car quickly and allow you to apply brake pressure progressively. Get a garage to check if you have any doubts. Better safe than sorry.

Lights Check they all work in every combination, including the foglights (you may have these on the rear of the car too).

Battery If your car doesn’t normally get used much, take it for a run of at least half an hour twice a week in the fortnight or so before any big trips to get it properly charged up.

Screenwash Top up your screenwash, it’s likely you’ll be cleaning your windscreen more often than usual to clear spray from the road, including any salt spread by gritting lorries. Make sure you dilute it to the correct proportions for the predicted temperature, as stated on the bottle.

Windscreen wipers Replace your blades if they leave streaks or marks across your windscreen. These can make it even more difficult to see during heavy sleet or snow.

Oil level Top it up if it’s low. Your manual should show you how to do this.

The best thing to do would be to get a service. This way you can be sure that everything is as it should be. As we said, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

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Road Safety Week.Friday’s topic: Driving sustainably.

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Walk to the local shop, share lifts, take the bus; there are a number of ways we can all do our bit to save the environment.

The Facts

In the year 2012, following on from such fantastic sporting success, much has been made of the Olympic legacy and the importance of living healthy and active lifestyles. Replacing car journeys with walking or cycling will have a positive impact on your health and research has found that regular physical activity reduces the risk of premature death by 20% to 30%. Reducing the number of journeys made by car will also have a positive impact on the environment, cutting down on carbon emissions, and also on personal safety.

The Activity

Do you know what your carbon footprint is?  Click here to find out how many tonnes of C02 your car emits each year:

http://www.2young2die.org.uk/Tools/carboncalculator.html

We all need to do our bit, it’s our responsibilty. So just to remind you, here’s one of our favourite poems…

This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody,
and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody
would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.

Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that
Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could
have done.

Don’t mean to confuse you, all we want to say is, think before you drive!

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Road Safety Week. Thursday’s topic: Stay silent!

No we don’t mean that you can’t sing along to your radio! We’re talking about chatting on your mobile phone.

The Facts

Drivers using phones have slowed reaction times and difficulty controlling speed and lane position. Those who talk on the phone whilst driving - whether it’s hand-held or hands-free - are four times more likely to be in a crash that causes injury. This is because it’s the distraction of the call, not the holding of the phone, which is the main risk factor.  Reading and writing text messages whilst driving is even more impairing as it takes your mind, hand and eyes off the road. Texting drivers have 35% slower reaction times and poor lane control.

The Dangers

Road crashes have a devastating effect on families and communities.  Click hear to listen to Rebekka’s story.
http://www.2young2die.org.uk/videos.html

The Pledge

However much you love your phone, when you are driving you need to put it out of sight and out of mind. Texting, emailing, taking or making a call (on a hand held or hands free phone), inputting details into an app, repeatedly glancing at the screen: all are major distractions that put your life and the lives of others at risk. Driving is the most dangerous and complex activity that most of us do on a daily basis and it requires your full concentration. Your phone can wait.

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Road Safety Week. Wednesday’s topic: Don’t drink and drive.

We know you’ve heard it all before, but we’ll say it again, don’t drink and drive!

One in six road deaths is caused by a driver over the legal alcohol limit.Any amount of alcohol or drugs seriously impairs driving behaviour and increases your chance of causing a crash. As a driver, it’s vital to be aware how long it takes to process alcohol, as in many cases you can still be unsafe to drive without knowing it the morning after drinking – one in five drivers caught drink-driving are caught the morning after. Some illegal drugs can remain in your system for weeks, and even small amounts of some legal medicinal drugs can impair your driving.

The Activity

There’s no way of knowing exactly how long it takes to sober up completely after drinking, but it’s longer than many people think. As a rough guide you should allow at least one hour to absorb alcohol, plus at least one hour for each unit consumed – but it could take longer, so you should always leave extra time to be safe. Click here to use Brake’s morning after calculator:

http://www.2young2die.org.uk/Tools/morning-after-calculator.html

The Pledge

Never drive if there’s even a slim chance you are still ‘under the influence’.

Some medicine labels may advise you not to drive if you feel drowsy. If you’re taking a medicine with a warning like this, do not drive, even if you feel okay.

With Christmas creeping up on us our diaries our full of  gatherings and parties, so it’s more important than ever to remember this message: Don’t drink and drive.

 

 

 

 

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Road Safety Week. Tuesday’s topic: STAY SHARP

Having good eyesight is a basic requirement for safe driving. Being an experienced and skilled driver is meaningless if your abiltity to spot hazards is impaired by poor vision. Yet every year in the UK alone, an estimated 12.5 million people who are due an eye test do not have one. This is particularly risky as people can lose 40% of their vision before they realise they have a problem.glasses1 Road Safety Week. Tuesdays topic: STAY SHARP

Research suggests that about 300 people are killed each year as a result of drivers falling asleep at the wheel. If a tired driver has caused a death, they can be charged with death by dangerous driving. The maximum penalty is 14 years in prison. Too little sleep radically affects your ability to drive safely and after five hours’ sleep you only have a one in ten chance of staying fully awake on a lengthy journey.

The pledge: Make sure you get an eye-test every two years or every year if you are over 50. If you require glasses, always wear them whilst driving.

It’s common sense really, but sometimes we all need a little reminder to keep on top of these little things that can make a big difference.

Visit http://www.brake.org.uk/ for more information.

 

 

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Road Safety Week. Monday’s topic: SLOW DOWN!

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Back in October we worked with the road safety awareness charity ‘Brake’ in pledging to provide each school child between the ages of four and seven years old in Chester with a free high-visibility vest. We’ve managed to give away nearly 5,000 vests so now we’ve turned our hand to road safety week.

The week is co-ordinated by Brake and aims to raise awareness about the 5 deaths and 66 injuries which take place every day on UK roads.

Every day this week, we will be tweeting and blogging to provide you with information about road safety, and encouraging you to commit to key aspects of driving behaviour which will greatly help to keep you and others safe on the roads.  Today’s topic is driving Slowly – making sure that you are going at a safe speed for the conditions.

Brake are launching their new campaign GO20 today.This campaign aims to raise awareness about the benefits of slowing down to 20mph around schools, homes and shops.

Decreasing your speed to 20mph can make all the difference to your stopping speed. This is obviously extremely important in busy areas. There are a whole host of other benefits, with safer communities leading to more walking and cycling, meaning less pollution as well as lower costs to the NHS.

A spokesperson from Brake said: “Lower urban speeds are particularly good for kids. Research shows children struggle to judge speed when vehicles are doing more than 20mph, yet some drivers expect them to keep out of the way or pay the price. We say
kids – and everyone else! – should be able to walk and cycle without their lives being endangered.”

Small increases in speed will make a differecne to your stopping distance. The minimum stopping distance you can expect if you travel at 20mph is 12 metres or three car lengths.  Increase your speed to 30mph and the stopping distance is at least 23 metres or six car
lengths.  Click here to play Brake’s online stopping distance game: http://www.2young2die.org.uk/Tools/stopping-distances.html.

 

The Pledge

If you drive, you can make a huge difference now, by making a simple pledge: stay well within limits, and slow down to 20mph around homes, schools and shops, even where the limit is still 30. You will be helping to  protect people, doing your bit for your community,  and you’ll hardly notice the difference to your journey time. In fact, you may find journeys smoother, less stressful, and you may use less petrol.

So, if you do one thing today, make it this: slow down!

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See Me Stay Safe Campaign with Brake.

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Our new Winter 2012 See Me Stay Safe Collection!

We’ve joined with the road safety charity ‘Brake’ in pledging to provide 2,000 school children in Chester with high-visibility vests. The campaign; See Me Stay Safe aims to help reduce the number of child fatalities and injuries on the roads in Chester during the coming winter months.

In 2011, Cheshire suffered 33 deaths and a further 4,238 casualties on the roads. We’re hoping that by distributing the high-vis vests we will raise awareness and ensure that all school children are ‘Seen’ and ‘Safe.’

Sarah Fatica, general manager at Brake, said: “Webuyanycar has been a partner of Brake for a number of years and we are delighted to support their campaign to ensure every child aged between four and seven in Chester has access to a free high-visibility vest.

Walking to school becomes particularly treacherous for children at this time of year, with the darker nights and poor weather reducing the visibility of drivers.

We are urging schools to order the free vests and bring wider road safety messages into lessons, encouraging children to hold hands by the roadside and cross at traffic lights in order to help reduce the devastating number of crashes in Chester this winter.”

We still have vests to give away, so if you, or someone you know would like to provide their Chester school with vests please do get in touch.

You can contact me, Lisa on socialmedia@webuyanycar.com or visit
our facebook page

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