TC Euro Cars (TCEC), the importer and distributor of Renault vehicles in Malaysia, is holding a service campaign on brake parts and labor for all Renault customers, to ensure that their cars are ready and safe for the upcoming holidays.
The Renault Brake Service campaign is on now and will end on 31 October, 2017, at 14 authorized Renault service centers nationwide. This service campaign applies to all Renault models except the electric vehicles (EVs) and new Koleos models. The campaign offers customers 20% discount on selected brake parts (pads, shoes and discs) and a 10% reduction on labor charges on the related brake servicing job. Concurrently, RENCARE customers will enjoy an additional 10% off labor costs for the relevant brake repairs and service.
Defective brakes is one of the most common causes of serious accidents so it is important to keep them in tip-top shape. It is always good practice to test your brakes prior to making a long-distance trip (you can do it a few days before setting off on a quiet, flat stretch of road). Good brakes and good tires ensure that the chances of you slamming your car into another remain low.
Some warning signs to look out for as an indication of brake wear and the need for replacment include:
- needing to step on the brake pedal much harder than usual
- the vehicle takes longer than usual to stop when brakes are applied
- the brake pedal sinks down when you put your foot on it
- the brake pedal feels stiff or hard to push down
- the handbrake does not release (i.e. the car feels restrained on acceleration; there will be a lot of heat and a burning smell from the rear brakes)
- there is less resistance than usual when engaging the handbrake or on release
If you notice any signs listed above or feel it’s different from usual, then it’s time to consult a qualified mechanic immediately and not risk driving the vehicle.
“While Renault is constantly developing new safety systems that are aimed at avoiding accidents and protecting vehicle occupants, the importance of practicing safe and responsible driving habits cannot be emphasized enough,” said Kuan Kim Luen, CEO, TC Euro Cars Sdn Bhd.
A recent study by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), 80.6% of road accidents in Malaysia are caused by human error, like ignoring traffic rules, breaking speed limits or reckless driving behavior.
As such, TCEC and Renault want to remind all drivers to stay safe while traveling, and follow some simple guides:
- Make sure you get sufficient sleep the night before a long drive and eat a snack or meal before departing.
- Pull over and take breaks every two to three hours, even if you don’t feel sleepy.
- Keep your roadside emergency assistance contact number just in case of emergencies. For Renault owners, the RENCARE toll-free line is available at 1800-88-8663 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
- If possible, rotate driving responsibilities with someone else. This will allow you to keep an eye on each other while driving and also rest without losing time. If you’re driving alone, turn on the radio or put on some music to help you stay alert. And if driving alone at night, you may want to refrain from using the cruise control – having to concentrate on maintaining your speed can help you stay awake.
- If you do have to pull over, make sure you do so only at designated rest stops and areas. Never park on the side of the road or in the breakdown (emergency) lane for any reason except an emergency.
- Navigation applications such as Waze or Google Maps are handy to help guide you around traffic jams and warn of accidents.
- Even GPS apps can fail or connectivity may be spotty in remote areas so make sure you bring along a good map, just in case.
- Before a long car trip, make sure your vehicle is in good condition — tires are properly inflated and serviced, all fluids are at their proper levels and you have a full tank of petrol.
- Don’t wait until your fuel gauge is sitting on E to refuel. On an unfamiliar road, you never know where the next fuel station is. Even if you do know where, you’re never sure that the fuel you need is available. A good rule of thumb is to start looking for the next petrol station as soon as you reach a quarter of a tank.
- This should go without saying, but it’s important enough to bear repeating: Make sure everyone in the car (that includes rear passengers) wears the seatbelt. Not only will it keep everyone safe, but it’s also the law.