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The Secret Weapon of Car Collectors

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The Secret Weapon of Car Collectors

Have you ever wondered how car collectors all across Europe, and why not, the rest of the world, can keep their relics in one shape? It’s a huge responsibility as you can probably imagine, but there are a lot of tools and equipment in their utility belts that help them take care of their rides.

So if the question “How to keep car exterior shine?” has ever popped into your head, here are some useful car accessories that will surely give you the answers you’re looking for.

All the Tools In One Place

It’s likely that you have tools of some kind lying around your home at the moment, perhaps even a toolbox. However, for car collectors tools are a lot more than the occasional hammer for putting up wall decorations or a drill for small DIY projects.

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There are specialized tool kits that come with everything a car collector needs to keep their ride in a wholesome condition. Even if they don’t take their cars out for a drive (which some car collectors actually do), the parts will begin to loosen over time.

If not enough care is given to these parts, they may end up broken or corroded, requiring the collector to make repairs or replacements. This is not only going to cost them money and valuable time but may even devalue the car. To avoid this, car collectors have a specialized toolkit by their side which they use to fix any mechanical problems as early as possible.

Car Floor Mats

This accessory is quite self-explanatory and it is easy to see how it could help you keep your vehicle’s interior spick and span. Many car owners mistakenly take their floor mats for granted and then pay the price by needing to have the vehicles regularly deep cleaned to get all the dirt and smears off the interior surfaces. What’s even harder to get rid of are those unpleasant smells that are the result of who knows what is stuck to the bottom of your shoe then wiping off on the car floor.

To keep your vehicle’s interior clean and smelling crisp, all you need are high-quality floor mats. Don’t chase prices and purchase one that is the cheapest. Consider how the floor mats are going to protect your vehicle’s interior from dirt and your nose from unpleasant smells. If you live in an area with plenty of rain, consider purchasing one that is in some way insulated to draw in moisture but one that is also easy to clean.

Car Covers

Which leads us to one of the most important aspects of keeping a collectible in one piece: the exterior. As advanced as modern car paint has gotten, as high-tech as the technology behind the coats may be, car exteriors are still very sensitive to damage, be it scratching, paint chipping, and general impact. All of these are quite common even in a well-furnished and ventilated garage.

Dust can and will find its way into your garage, onto the surface of your vehicle, and then make its way into the interior where it can clog up air filters and even get into the engine. At first these may not seem like real issues, but after some time they will begin to have their adverse effects on your vehicle.

A car cover designed to withstand weather conditions, moisture, dust, frost, and even some light impact damage is exactly what any collector needs for that extra layer of protection. Certain car cover varieties are built with a high-quality mesh that can shrug off light impact. Others are breathable and help you keep moisture off your vehicle, preventing any rusting or other corrosive defects from forming.

There are even UV-proof car covers designed for collectors who live in a sunny area of the world where their vehicle is regularly exposed to direct sunlight. The sun’s rays can cause quite a bit of damage over time. But a UV shield will reflect these harmful rays and protect your car’s interior and exterior.

So consider what climate you live in, what conditions your vehicle must go through, and decide on which car cover would suit your needs.

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Using hazard warning lights to warn other drivers is a fineable offence

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Using hazard warning lights to warn other drivers is a fineable offence
Using hazard warning lights to warn other drivers is a fineable offence. image: guardia civil

The regulations laid out by the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) are not always as straightforward as we all think. An example of this is a driver who was recently fined for using his hazard warning lights to warn traffic behind him.

I am pretty sure we are all guilty of having done this at some point. When there is a sudden build-up of traffic in front of you, or if we are in any sort of situation where you know that warning the drivers behind will probably save you the problem of having one of them drive into the back of you. The initial instinct has always been to hit the hazard warning lights switch.

Be warned, this is a fineable offence according to the DGT. The man who got the fine was reminded of Article number 109, section 1.c, of the General Traffic Regulations. It states that if a vehicle comes to a sudden stop, or speed is significantly reduced, other drivers should be warned by repeatedly using the brake lights, or waving the arm up and down.

These are your only two options within the law of the road in Spain. No hazard warning lights! As for the penalty, it can be anything from €80 to €200. This higher fine can apparently be imposed in the event of you being seen to not give any warning at all to other drivers.

However, the DGT has clarified that the use of brake lights is an option, since the aforementioned article clarifies that it is “whenever possible”. For this reason, it is likely that, if the driver complains, he will be able to avoid paying the fine.

The regulation in question does establish a time when the emergency lights can be activated: It says that they can be turned on if “immobilisation occurs on a highway, or in places or circumstances that significantly reduce visibility”, as reported by laopiniondemalaga.es.

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Free toll roads to disappear in Spain by 2024

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Free toll roads to disappear in Spain by 2024

Free toll roads are set to disappear in Spain by the end of 2024.

Free toll roads in Spain will become a thing of the past by 2024. The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, confirmed yesterday (Tuesday, October 19) that drivers will have to pay to use the highways from 2024.

The introduction of the toll is based on the State’s need to seek new resources to pay for public services. Currently, the construction and maintenance of non-toll roads is paid for through General State Budgets. In 2022, €1,371 million will be allocated for the services, creating a deficit of about €9,000 million.

According to the Association of Companies for the Conservation and Exploitation of Infrastructures (ACEX), the maintenance of each kilometre of highway costs €80,000 euros and the Spanish Road Association (AEC) estimated, in its latest study, that the accumulated deficit roads in this aspect amount to €7,300 million.

However, of that amount, only €2,500 million actually corresponded to state-owned roads. This network has an extension of 26,466 km, half of them are high capacity roads and 52% of the total traffic and 64% of trucks use them.

Balancing the books

The main reason for paying tolls on highways is the need to balance public accounts. The second has a sustainable component. It is only a matter of applying the “polluter pays” principle also in the transport of people and passengers: it seems logical that whoever damages the environment the most must also generate the resources that are needed to clean it and not bear this cost to all taxpayers.

The pay-per-use tagline is added to help with this paradigm shift. Today, the highways are paid for by the PGE; as of 2024, they will be paid for by the drivers who use them.

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In Spain as a whole, tolls must be paid on about 20% of the motorway network; the rest is free. However, there are big variations by region- in Catalonia for example over half the state motorway network is composed of toll routes, but still, it is cheaper to drive here in Spain- 76 per cent less actually.


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Avoid fines by activating the speed camera warning function in Google Maps

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Avoid fines by activating the speed camera warning function in Google Maps

How to avoid fines on the roads this autumn by activating the speed camera warning function in Google Maps.

A function in Google Maps- if enabled- allows you to know during your route the location of the fixed speed cameras in operation by the DGT and the mobile speed cameras indicated by other drivers.

The Google Maps application for smartphones has been, for a few years now, one of the best allies for drivers on the road. At one time it was necessary to buy expensive navigators to plan trips in the car. The free app can even be integrated into the vast majority of modern car multimedia systems.

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In addition to giving useful information on routes, points of interest, and gas stations, etc. Google Maps serves another important function: speed camera alerts.

The app can alert drivers to the presence of fixed speed cameras and mobile speed cameras. It is not a function that you have to activate as such, but it will be indicated when you start a route. If you require notification of the radar scanners in real-time, you must mark a destination in the navigator to activate the function.

Google Maps will then notify you of the fixed speed cameras (in orange) on the road, thanks to the DGT database that it draws data from.

It will also alert you to mobile radars (in blue) and other types of incidents, of course here it depends on the action of other drivers. For example, if another driver has previously passed through that location and has been notified of the presence of a mobile radar, they could have marked their presence on Google Maps- you can do the same so that drivers behind you will be more attentive.

Other incidents or blockages such as road works, accidents, and heavy traffic can be indicated in the app in a simple way and in real time: you must press the “+” symbol and indicate the corresponding incident, or warn others that it is no longer there.

Radar warning devices are completely legal in Spain, unlike speed detectors and inhibitors.

Please keep in mind that if Traffic officers see you using your mobile phone while driving, even if you just have it in your hand, they can fine you. Shortly, the fine for this action will be punished with 200 euros and 6 points (currently 3), once the new Traffic Law is approved.


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