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Steps to Cover If You’re Involved in a Car Accident

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When you’re injured or one of your passengers has been hurt you won’t be thinking clearly; it’s at a time like this when your insurance policy can be your best friend and companion.

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One of the things that you can do ahead of time is place an organised list in your glove box to remove when and if you’re in an accident. This will help you find the best possible solution to your problems and can work to help you maintain your composure until qualified help arrives on the scene. Let’s look at the steps to cover when a mishap comes your way.

• You should stop your car immediately so that you can determine what physical condition both you and your passengers are in. Remember that it’s an offence if you don’t stop so you must bring your vehicle to a complete stop. Be very careful when you exit the car not to move into oncoming traffic or cars that are out of control trying to see what has happened.

• Turn off your car, turn the hazard lights on, and call for help immediately.

• Remain calm. Crying, screaming, or engaging in panicky behaviour will not help the situation whatsoever. Simply sit and wait for help to arrive.

• Never say that it was your fault. You should never take the blame for an accident or accept liability until after you have spoken to your insurance representative. You should turn in the appropriate documentation to him, and wait for him and the authorities to investigate the accident.

• Be sure to call the police yourself or instruct someone to do it for you. You’ll want to let them know if someone has left the scene before they arrived and other details that you and your insurance specialist feel are important. If there is little damage to your car, be sure to report the accident within twenty-four hours so that you can submit a claim to your insurance company; you must have an accident case number from the police to make a claim. Since this is an important part of filing a claim you may want to highlight this part of your list.

• To keep in compliance with the law you should exchange information with the other parties who are involved in the accident. You’ll need their name, address, telephone numbers, and the details of their insurance cover as well. You should give your information to them so that they have a copy for their records. You’ll want to note any observations that you made right before the accident such as cell phone usage or erratic behaviour by a driver who may have been intoxicated.

Always carry your car insurance information in your glove box so that you can immediately call your insurance agent in the event of an accident – they can offer you guidance and a calm approach to a chaotic situation.

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Top Gear ‘as entertaining as ever’ according to new series review

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The new series of Top Gear is “as entertaining as ever”, according to an early review.

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The show has been plagued by reports that new hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc are at loggerheads and that members of the audience walked out before the end of taping.

The newly launched show will return to television screens this weekend, featuring the all-new line-up of Evans, Friends star LeBlanc and four other hosts, plus The Stig.

However, the pair appeared to have a “healthy, humorous rivalry” at the first taping of the show open to the public, the Guardian reported.

Early on in the recording Evans admitted to being very nervous and struggled with his lines.

“At one point he had his head in his hands and pretended to beat it on a car bonnet after getting stuck on a piece about the return of The Stig,” the newspaper said.

LeBlanc has previously dismissed claims that he is “at war” with Evans and admitted he had not expected the negativity the show has received prior to airing, or the anger of fans of the original line-up of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

The show’s popular Star In A Reasonably Priced Car segment will be replaced with Star In A Rallycross Car in the new series, which will feature a new car and a new track.

The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg and chef Gordon Ramsay will be the first guests.

The newspaper said: “The new series retains the high-speed hallmarks of the old and – while it may have a lot of work to do to get past the Clarkson purists – it remains as entertaining as ever. Which will be bad news to those who wish it ill.”

Top Gear returns to BBC Two on May 29 at 8pm.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Work Vehicle

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From sales to all types of trades, there are many occupations that require people to have work vehicles. A work vehicle needs to be reliable for the job, but it can also provide a range of other benefits if utilised properly. Here are a few ways you can get the most out of your car or ute.

Install a Storage Unit Canopy

Kitting out your car with a suitable storage unit will not only protect your tools, it will also use the space more efficiently. Need to lay your hands on a tool quickly? You’ll know exactly where it is stored. Need to make a few stops on the way home? A canopy keeps your tools safely locked away from opportunistic thieves. An affordable storage body like those from XL even work with central locking systems for further protection.

A storage unit also allows for dual-purpose use of your vehicle. With your tools safely put away, you will have room to throw recreational gear in the back. Whether you prefer to take off and go camping, fish or cycle in your downtime, you need space to take your equipment with you.

Turn it into a Mobile Office

If you move around a lot for work, turn your car into your own mobile workspace. Sometimes you need to be able to work on the go. By adding a couple of accessories to your car, you can knock over your administrative work, no matter where you are. Charge your phone, return calls and even take care of some invoicing work – that way you can be up-to-date before you even get home. Keep a charging cord and some notepaper in your car. Most modern vehicles have Bluetooth systems nowadays, however a headset is cheap to buy if you need one.

Advertise While You’re on the Move

Your work vehicle has plenty of space that you can take advantage of. Most signwriters offer magnetic signs that serve as temporary billboards – allowing you to remove any advertising when you are off-duty. If your work vehicle is parked near a job site each day, it’s a great opportunity to catch the eye of passing traffic with a colourful business ad. This leads to brand recognition; meaning your business will be at the forefront of your customers’ minds when they need your services.

Service Your Car Regularly

As with most mechanical items, regular servicing keeps your work vehicle in peak condition. Just as you check and maintain the family car, the work car also needs attention. Do a quick check of the tyres every day. If you are carrying heavy loads, your tyres will show signs of wear more quickly than others. Always check and adjust the tyre pressure to manufacturer’s recommendations as this can make a big difference to your fuel consumption. Top-up fluids when they get low and don’t skimp when it comes to servicing. In the long run, it will save you a lot of money.

These suggestions can help you make the most of the available space your work car offers. What are some other ways you can get more from a work vehicle?

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Volkswagen introduces innovative and revolutionary gesture control technology

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“Isn’t it amazing what gestures can do?” that’s the tagline of Volkswagen’s latest ad campaign featuring an impressive stunt dog to promote their Gesture Control technology.

Jumpy the dog, who became famous on YouTube for his impressive tricks and stunts shows how simple gestures can create amazing stories. When Jumpy meets a lonesome man in the park, he accidentally becomes the hero in a personal love story.

This creative campaign from Volkswagen not only helps to demonstrate the simplicity and fun of using their innovative technology, but a new approach in which they aim to revolutionise the operation of vehicles.

No more buttons or switches

Volkswagen has said that soon we’ll be able to control many of our car’s features without using buttons or switches, thanks to Gesture Control.

In fact nearly all of the controls in the Golf R Touch, which was unveiled at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, were either touch-screen or sensor-based.

The interior of the Golf R Touch

The interior of the Golf R Touch

The main reason for this is driven by the need to simplify increasingly complex technology in cars and to reduce driver distractions.

“The development team for the Golf R Touch pursued the goal of producing an interior and infotainment concept that would fulfil seemingly contradictory requirements,” explains Volkswagen. “Despite the continually growing complexity and number of functions, this concept was intended to reduce driver distractions while attaining maximum personalization and intuitive operation in the car.”

Advanced Gesture Control

Using proximity sensors and a 3D camera mounted in the roof lining, Volkswagen’s gesture control technology works by recording and interpreting hand movements to control almost every piece of equipment in the cabin.

For example, if the driver gestures to touch the roof then the car will bring up touchscreen controls for the sunroof. You can then gesture your hand back or forward to slide the roof open or closed. Similar hand-waving can be used to adjust the seats and even the climate control.

The firm claims the system is primarily designed to reduce the increasing array of distractions for the driver and make it more natural to control the technology. The layouts of the central touchscreen and the Active Info Display can be customized quickly, in a similar way to smartphones or tablets. The same applies to the entire colour staging in the interior.

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