Most Australians have made a significant investment in their humble automobile. After all, they rely on this vehicle to get them back and forth to work so that they can earn a living and need to make sure that it is kept in the best possible condition. Yet still, a lot of people are reactive rather than proactive and end up spending much more money on maintenance than they need to.
If you're in charge of a long-haul truck fleet, you know that you need to treat each vehicle as its own profit centre so that you maximise productivity and meet your monthly budget. To help you do so, you may have some proactive fleet maintenance procedures in place and feel that you are doing everything you can to get each load to its destination as soon as possible. However, as you strive for total efficiency, you may be missing some low hanging fruit and could easily cut back on some unwanted expenditures.
While driving is relatively safe, there are some hazards that you could be exposed to on the road. One scary encounter that you can experience is a blown-out tyre. For some people, this seems like an unlikely occurrence, as they believe you have to drive over sharp objects for tyres to burst. However, this is a misconception. Tyre bursts typically occur due to lack of tyre maintenance coupled with high-speed driving, and the consequences are terrifying.
If you'd like to get some more performance out of your relatively standard car, you will undoubtedly invest in some engine modifications to release some of that all-important horsepower. Yet you can only go so far when you tinker with your engine if you don't upgrade some other components at the same time. In particular, you need to focus on your exhaust, as otherwise you will create a bottleneck that will seriously impede your progress.
Are you on the lookout for a career change, as you've recently been made redundant? Maybe you had a job in the retail sector and the particular shop in question has closed due to a change in demand. If you are proactive, you may understand that this presents a new opportunity, and you will simply need to change direction. Why should you take advantage of the trend that may have forced you into redundancy and take your slice of the distribution pie?
If, like me, you like to drive and are something of a petrol-head, then feeling confident is part of what it is all about when motoring. Knowing what to do if you face a hazard on the road or how to deal with a blowout is all part of the driving experience, to me. Having said that, few motorists really know what checks they should be making to ensure their car is properly roadworthy. I've spent the last few years upgrading my car maintenance skills and - although I'm no qualified mechanic - I now undertake all sorts of jobs needed to keep my car running properly and safely. Read my blog and pick up some car maintenance tips that anyone can do.