Hints & Tips


USING YOUR MOBILE PHONE...in time of Emergency!

Emergency Services
The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile; network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialled even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.
Have you locked your keys in the car?
Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their mobile phone from your cell phone.
Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button while holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will then unlock saving someone from having to drive your keys to you.  Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other ‘remote’ for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).
Hidden Battery Power
Imagine your mobile battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370# Your mobile will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your mobile next time.
How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?
To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: 
* # 0 6 #.   A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. When your phone gets stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either.

If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

ATM - PIN Number Reversal - Good to Know
If you should ever be forced by a robber to withdraw money from an ATM machine, you can notify the police by entering your PIN # in reverse.  For example, if your pin number is 1234, then you would put in 4321. The ATM system recognizes that your PIN number is backwards from the ATM card you placed in the machine. The machine will still give you the money you requested, but unknown to the robber, the police will be immediately dispatched to the location.
This information was recently broadcast on CTV by Crime Stoppers however it is seldom used because people just don't know about it.

Road Safety Tips

If you’re taking to the roads with a caravan,  don’t set out without a final safety and maintenance check, especially if you leave it standing for most of the year.Before setting out, make sure your trailer is properly serviced and fit to be on the road. Your trailer should be given a regular service by a reputable dealer.

Before you set off - Carry out a final maintenance check.

    * Is the load correctly distributed and firmly secured?
    * Are all the lights undamaged and working correctly?
    * Are the tyre pressures correct and all tyres in good condition?
    * Is the trailer correctly coupled to the tow ball or pin?
    * Is the coupling height correct? It should be level.

On the Road - Reversing.

    * Make sure the area behind you is clear before reversing.
    * Be especially aware of children and pedestrians.
    * Try to get somebody to observe for you.
    * Practice makes perfect! Try reversing before setting off.

You need to check - Driving with a loaded trailer.

    * That the vehicle and caravan are loaded securely and correctly distributed in accordance with the     manufacturers' specifications.
    * Moving off needs more effort.
    * It will take longer to slow down and stop.
    * You need to take extra care when negotiating sharp bends.


Recovery and Breakdown - Are you adequately covered.

Most recovery agents won’t cover a trailer unless it’s specified in your contract. Make sure you have specialist breakdown cover. Standard trailer insurance does not automatically include breakdown cover.

Have you got the Right Licence? - Check New Law.   

An ordinary category B licence allows you to drive a vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes Maximum Gross Weight and to tow a trailer that weighs up to 750 kilograms Maximum Gross Weight, giving a Maximum Combination Weight of up to 4250 kilograms.

Drivers who have got a B category licence are entitled to tow a trailer/caravan over 750 kilograms Maximum Gross Weight provided that the gross weight of the trailer does not exceed the unladen or kerb weight of the towing vehicle, and the maximum combination weight does not exceed a total of 3.5 tonnes. If you want to drive a larger vehicle or pull a heavier trailer you will need to take a category B + E driving test.

Speed Restrictions - When Towing.

    * Always keep within the legal speed limit.
    * 30mph limit applies on all roads with street lighting unless signs show otherwise.
    * 50mph applies on single carriageways unless signs show otherwise.
    * 60mph applies on dual carriageways and motorways.
NOTE: You must not travel in the right-hand lane of a motorway with three lanes or more.

Avoid problems before they happen - 4 simple rules to avoid unnecessary repairs.

    * Avoid parking your trailer on long grass - moisture could damage it.
    * When you park up, you must not leave a detached trailer on a public road. If it is hitched up it must always be parked with lights on at night on any public road.
    * On a level surface if it is safe to do so, avoid parking with the handbrake on.
    * Grease all the greasing points with a grease gun, plus the brake cables or rods, and handbrake.

What if you break down on a motorway? - Using The Hard Shoulder. 

Remember it is illegal to stop on a hard shoulder except in an emergency. If an emergency forces you to stop, then follow these top 5 personal safety tips from the Highways Agency:

    * Pull onto the hard shoulder and park as far to the left as you can.
    * Turn on your vehicle’s hazard warning lights.
    * Leave the vehicle via the doors furthest away from traffic and stand as far away from traffic as is safe.
    * Contact the Highways Agency using the emergency roadside telephone.
    * Follow the instructions from Highways Agency staff.

Posted: pre Jan 2015