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Correct Maintenance For Alloy Wheels

By: David Wright

Lots of people concentrate on keeping the paintwork on their cars polished and clean but incredibly seem to forget all about their wheels. Even beautiful shiny alloy wheels have a tendency to be forgotten.

“Alloy wheels can make a big improvement to your car” explains Tom Hindle from HGV Training Cost. They can improve the way that your car responds and the handling as well as adding a little style to the appearance of your car. Shiny alloy wheels look incredibly attractive but they don’t look after themselves you know. In order to keep those alloys glinting and shining they need to be cleaned and properly maintained.

So what’s the secret to keeping those alloys shining?

Well, it’s not rocket science, in fact it’s pretty easy to do and doesn’t take any more skill, money or effort to keep them clean than it does the remainder of your motor.

Regular attention is the key to shiny alloys. Keeping them clean and maintained will mean that your wheels look stunning for longer increasing the longevity of the wheel as well as adding to the appearance of your car.

So what do you need?

Well, a sponge will work wonders, if you don’t have a non-abrasive sponge you could use a cleaning mitt, cloth or soft bristled brush. You will also need a dry cloth to wipe down the wheels after you’ve washed them. You will also need some sort of cleaning product – make sure that the fluid you choose is compatible with both the paint and the coating of your wheels. Check out the manufacturers guidelines or handbook if you’re not sure.

You will also need some sort of wax or polish which is specifically manufactured for alloy wheels. It’s not expensive, it lasts for ages and it does a great job. You should be able to find it in most car accessory stores. Have another dry cloth handy for the wax or polish.

Is that it? Well, not quite . . .

A bucket of warm, soapy water and a hose pipe handy for some clean, cold water to rinse them off later.

Okay, let’s get started!

  • Rinse the alloys with clean water (the hose pipe should do this well) spraying over the entire wheel making sure that you get into all of those hidden corners and spokes.
  • Gently wash the wheel with your sponge / cloth / mitt and warm soapy water, be sure that you don’t scratch the wheel surface and that you get into all of those hard to reach areas.
  • Rinse off your alloys with the cold water from the hose.
  • Give your wheels another wash with soapy water.
  • Rinse again and repeat.
  • After your alloys are clean give them a wipe over with a dry cloth.

Okay, now you’ve got clean wheels, it’s time to add the protection. I hope you’ve checked that your cleaning products, wax and polish are compatible with alloy wheels!

  • Take a soft cloth or rag and apply your specialist wax or polish making sure that you cover all of the surface areas.
  • After you’ve applied the wax or polish to the whole area take a dry, clean cloth and buff it up to create a nice, even shine.

And that’s all there is to it.

If your alloy wheels have been sadly neglected over a period of time then the first clean could take some time to get the results you want, but once you’ve cleaned them up it is pretty easy to maintain the fabulous finish. Regular cleaning and polishing will help the wheels to look good and improve the overall appearance of the motor as well as helping them to look good for longer.

How to look after your alloy wheels

By: Barry Lewis

Lots of people concentrate on keeping the paintwork on their cars polished and clean but incredibly seem to forget all about their wheels. Even beautiful shiny alloy wheels have a tendency to be forgotten. Here at HGV Training Cost we believe looking after your alloy wheels are essential.

Alloy wheels can make a big improvement to your car. They can improve the way that your car responds and the handling as well as adding a little style to the appearance of your car. Shiny alloy wheels look incredibly attractive but they don’t look after themselves you know. In order to keep those alloys glinting and shining they need to be cleaned and properly maintained.

So what’s the secret to keeping those alloys shining?

Well, it’s not rocket science, in fact it’s pretty easy to do and doesn’t take any more skill, money or effort to keep them clean than it does the remainder of your motor.

Regular attention is the key to shiny alloys. Keeping them clean and maintained will mean that your wheels look stunning for longer increasing the longevity of the wheel as well as adding to the appearance of your car.

So what do you need?

Well, a sponge will work wonders, if you don’t have a non-abrasive sponge you could use a cleaning mitt, cloth or soft bristled brush. You will also need a dry cloth to wipe down the wheels after you’ve washed them. You will also need some sort of cleaning product – make sure that the fluid you choose is compatible with both the paint and the coating of your wheels. Check out the manufacturers guidelines or handbook if you’re not sure.

You will also need some sort of wax or polish which is specifically manufactured for alloy wheels. It’s not expensive, it lasts for ages and it does a great job. You should be able to find it in most car accessory stores. Have another dry cloth handy for the wax or polish.

Is that it? Well, not quite . . .

A bucket of warm, soapy water and a hose pipe handy for some clean, cold water to rinse them off later.

Okay, let’s get started!

Rinse the alloys with clean water (the hose pipe should do this well) spraying over the entire wheel making sure that you get into all of those hidden corners and spokes.
Gently wash the wheel with your sponge / cloth / mitt and warm soapy water, be sure that you don’t scratch the wheel surface and that you get into all of those hard to reach areas.
Rinse off your alloys with the cold water from the hose.
Give your wheels another wash with soapy water.
Rinse again and repeat.
After your alloys are clean give them a wipe over with a dry cloth.

Okay, now you’ve got clean wheels, it’s time to add the protection. I hope you’ve checked that your cleaning products, wax and polish are compatible with alloy wheels!

Take a soft cloth or rag and apply your specialist wax or polish making sure that you cover all of the surface areas.
After you’ve applied the wax or polish to the whole area take a dry, clean cloth and buff it up to create a nice, even shine.

And that’s all there is to it.

If your alloy wheels have been sadly neglected over a period of time then the first clean could take some time to get the results you want, but once you’ve cleaned them up it is pretty easy to maintain the fabulous finish. Regular cleaning and polishing will help the wheels to look good and improve the overall appearance of the motor as well as helping them to look good for longer.

Correct Maintenance For Alloy Wheels

By: David Wright

Lots of people concentrate on keeping the paintwork on their cars polished and clean but incredibly seem to forget all about their wheels. Even beautiful shiny alloy wheels have a tendency to be forgotten. Here at HGV Training Cost we believe looking after your alloy wheels are essential.

Alloy wheels can make a big improvement to your car. They can improve the way that your car responds and the handling as well as adding a little style to the appearance of your car. Shiny alloy wheels look incredibly attractive but they don’t look after themselves you know. In order to keep those alloys glinting and shining they need to be cleaned and properly maintained.

So what’s the secret to keeping those alloys shining?

Well, it’s not rocket science, in fact it’s pretty easy to do and doesn’t take any more skill, money or effort to keep them clean than it does the remainder of your motor.

Regular attention is the key to shiny alloys. Keeping them clean and maintained will mean that your wheels look stunning for longer increasing the longevity of the wheel as well as adding to the appearance of your car.

So what do you need?

Well, a sponge will work wonders, if you don’t have a non-abrasive sponge you could use a cleaning mitt, cloth or soft bristled brush. You will also need a dry cloth to wipe down the wheels after you’ve washed them. You will also need some sort of cleaning product – make sure that the fluid you choose is compatible with both the paint and the coating of your wheels. Check out the manufacturers guidelines or handbook if you’re not sure.

You will also need some sort of wax or polish which is specifically manufactured for alloy wheels. It’s not expensive, it lasts for ages and it does a great job. You should be able to find it in most car accessory stores. Have another dry cloth handy for the wax or polish.

Is that it? Well, not quite . . .

A bucket of warm, soapy water and a hose pipe handy for some clean, cold water to rinse them off later.

Okay, let’s get started!

Rinse the alloys with clean water (the hose pipe should do this well) spraying over the entire wheel making sure that you get into all of those hidden corners and spokes.
Gently wash the wheel with your sponge / cloth / mitt and warm soapy water, be sure that you don’t scratch the wheel surface and that you get into all of those hard to reach areas.
Rinse off your alloys with the cold water from the hose.
Give your wheels another wash with soapy water.
Rinse again and repeat.
After your alloys are clean give them a wipe over with a dry cloth.

Okay, now you’ve got clean wheels, it’s time to add the protection. I hope you’ve checked that your cleaning products, wax and polish are compatible with alloy wheels!

Take a soft cloth or rag and apply your specialist wax or polish making sure that you cover all of the surface areas.
After you’ve applied the wax or polish to the whole area take a dry, clean cloth and buff it up to create a nice, even shine.

And that’s all there is to it.

If your alloy wheels have been sadly neglected over a period of time then the first clean could take some time to get the results you want, but once you’ve cleaned them up it is pretty easy to maintain the fabulous finish. Regular cleaning and polishing will help the wheels to look good and improve the overall appearance of the motor as well as helping them to look good for longer.

The Future Has Arrived: Trucks Without Drivers

The future came sooner than any of us could have imagined. Recent reports indicate that a truck – without the presence of a driver – is hitting the road in Nevada. This futuristic vehicle is able to navigate without the help of a human being. If that sounds a little far fetched to you, try and suspend your disbelief for a moment. The driver-less truck is happening, and it is a pretty big deal in a number of ways.

Daimler’s Freightliner Inspiration

The BBC states that Daimler’s Freightliner Inspiration uses several different technological advances in order to navigate on the road, including a GPS, video camera and radar. The truck keeps a consistent speed while on the road, which leads to a calm ride. The destination is plugged in ahead of time. For the time being, the truck can only navigate without a driver as long as the road they are traveling on is relatively unobstructed. A human must take over when the truck arrives in a heavily populated area, an area that includes traffic, stop signs, lights and other issues that make driving more complicated.

Therefore, the driver-less truck can only live up to its name at certain times; it cannot complete an entire trip without the aid of a human. Because of the issues that it faces, someone needs to be in the cabin at all times, even when the truck is navigating itself.

Even though a live person needs to be present, there are a number of advantages to a truck like this, one that can use auto-pilot on uncomplicated stretches of road. For example, a driver that is worn out from pulling long hours can rest while the truck takes care of itself. Even if he is not tired, he can take a break and recharge before getting behind the wheel again. There is a push for more development with respect to this technology, in part because there are less accidents, higher productivity and monetary savings associated with the driver-less truck.

Just think about it; a driver gets tired and feels his eyes getting heavy. Instead of being forced to continue despite his exhaustion, he can put on auto-pilot and take a nap while the truck does the work. It could happen in the very near future.

Existing Technology

There are actually driver-less trucks already available. However, these vehicles are not on the roads and go fairly slowly.

Inherent Issues

While the idea is promising, there are several reasons to be concerned when it comes to a driver-less truck. Currently, such a vehicle cannot navigate small roads or densely populated areas. Going forward, however, that should not be a problem. It is expected that within the next twenty years, humans will no longer be necessary to the operation of a vehicle. However, how “smart” will these vehicles be? For instance, if the truck cannot avoid an accident, will it know what to do to minimize damage to property and human life?

There is certainly a lot to think about, particularly as it relates to the law and basic morality. Still, it is inevitable that technology will continue to move forward. Life as we know it will be very different in fifty years than it is now. Who knows, the concept of a driver-less truck may seem like old news at that time, in much the same way that television or the Internet seems like they have always been around.

The Proper Maintenance Of Your Alloy Wheels

It is always a pleasing sight to see how many people keep the body of their cars cleaned, well kept and polished to a bright sheen, and yet many of them don’t bother to clean the wheels.

Even when they have those great looking alloy wheels!

It is well known that alloy wheels do add to the performance and handling of your car, but they are also a big favourite because of the classy look they give to the entire car. In order to keep them in good shape and keep them gleaming in the sunshine as you cruise down the street, you will have to spend a little time in keeping them clean.

So, what is the secret in maintaining your alloy wheels so they stay shiny and new looking?

Seeing as it is autumn, it will become more chilly and icey on the roads as the weather comes down, so maintaining your wheels can also maintain your safety.

It is really not that difficult to keep your alloys in top shape and in new condition all the time. It surely is no more effort than maintaining the looks of the rest of your car.

It makes all the difference when you set aside times of regular cleaning and maintenance so as to keep them as clean as possible and to ward off any signs of corrosion, by keeping all of the grime and grit cleaned away, which helps to increase the longevity of the wheel.

Before Beginning, Get Your Equipment Together

It is important to use some kind of applicator for cleaning. This could be a soft cloth, or a non-abrasive sponge, a cleaning mitt, and a special brush for wheel cleaning.

A wiping down rag or cloth that is dry.

Use the appropriate cleaning fluid. Be sure that the cleaning fluid that you use is compatible with the recommended directions that come with your alloys. Don’t use anything else that might damage the coating or the paint.

Polish for alloy wheels, or wax. Once again you should run through the suggested items that can be used on you wheels from your manufacturer’s directions.

Another rag or cloth, or a similar applicator for wax or polish.

You will also need access to water, and if it is warm and soapy, that much the better. Then you will need a hose, with cold water for rinsing.

Now, It Is Time To Begin Cleaning.

Of course you already know this, but you should wait for a day that is dry and not raining to clean your alloys, just the same as you would when cleaning your car too.

Steps:
1. Prepare the wheels by rinsing them with clean water with your hose, and spray the entire wheel so that you get in and behind the spokes and any other tight spaces.
2. Using your cloth, mitt, or other soft applicator, apply the soapy water to the wheel. Be very gentle so that the surface is not scratched and apply to all the difficult areas.
3. Now, rinse very thoroughly with the hose.
4. Reapply the soapy water if needed. If you have a brush for the wheel, use it to get into all of the difficult to reach areas and the parts of the interior of the wheel.
5. Rinse the entire wheel thoroughly once again.
6. Once the wheels are clean and have been rinsed, wipe them down with the dry cloth.

Now That Your Alloys Are clean And Sparkling, Let’s Give Them Some Protection

As it has already been discussed, be sure that you have the proper polish or wax for this procedure. Waxes and polishes are dependent upon the type of alloy is contained in the wheel makeup and coating. The wrong kind of polish or wax can damage the coating and you will have a mess.

Apply the polish or wax with the soft applicator and be sure that you have covered all of the surfaces. Next, with a clean and dry cloth, buff the wheel thoroughly until your wheel shines evenly all around.

Now, you did it! You are finished!

Welcome To The Future: Driver-Less Trucks

By: L.C. N√łttaasen

At long last the future of driving has arrived. At present, there are ongoing trials in Nevada for none other than driver-less trucks.

Yes, you read that right, driver-less trucks. In short, a truck that will drive itself.

As you may know there have been some driver shortages and this is something that could potentially change this.

Now this may sound a bit like the old television program Knight Rider, however, it’s true, it’s considered a major milestone for truckers everywhere.

Freightliner Inspiration: By Daimler

According to the BBC, Daimler has a new invention out that utilizes both GPS as well as radar and video technology. By utilizing all three of these measures they have enabled a truck to pilot itself as long as it’s on long and open stretches of road. It can maintain a steady speed and it offers up a smooth ride to a pre selected destination.

As it presently stands, the technology allows for these trucks to be completely automated on a clear space of highway or freeway with human control being taken back upon the truck’s entering a more complicated stretch of road (such as in town or a curved area). This means that when pedestrians are near or traffic lights or even other traffic, a human is back in control of the vehicle.

Because of this, the concept is still in trials and will continue to be until such interruptions are overcome. However, drivers can rest assured that there will always be a need for a living and breathing person to be in the vehicle at all times.

Nonetheless, even if there is a regular person on board for more intricate situations, the vehicles can be readily switched over to auto pilot on open roads and they allow for a fatigued or stressed driver to take a breather. Thus, the concept of lessening the prospect of accidents or other mishaps due to driver error. They are also believed to be more cost efficient in the long run via more energy efficiency.

Picture the scene where a driver (much like an auto pilot in an airplane) can simply take a break and rest for a time on long open stretches of highway. It may not be as far off as we believe.

Already In Existence

Yes, there are already self driving vehicles in existence today. They are generally used off road and under low speed and controlled environments like Rio Tinto Mines in the Australian area as well as in Lockheed Martin’s innovations for the army bases in the U.S.

Fully Automated Trucks On The Road

Nonetheless, these fully automated trucks that exist on both public and private highways and byways may have some serious issues. Technology hasn’t yet caught up and made them completely reliable and people, by nature, tend to be very skeptical regarding the automation. However, it’s predicted that with time and effort these obstacles can readily be overcome. It is believe that by the year 2030 most of these obstacles can be overcome and humans can take a giant step out of the picture.

Naturally, that leads to more questions such as the ethics of the concept not to mention the moral aspect. What if there were a wreck? What then? Would the vehicle have the intuition to make the best choice in the situation? What if a large animal ran across the road in front of the vehicle?

Such scenes could make for a serious issue in liability and responsibility. Thus, there are some issues that must be taken into consideration before the concept can be implemented into mainstream. As we move toward sci-fi scenarios, we may see more of these ‘driver-less’ trucks rolling alongside of us on our highways and byways. It may be closer than we realize.