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Safety by Using Genuine Parts

Be genuine. Be safe

An additional study in the same project tested the impact of a repair using up-to-date shop equipment and according to current repair manuals. Following an initial Euro NCAP side impact crash test to generate the necessary reference values, the vehicle was repaired according to standard manufacturer guidelines and using Volkswagen Genuine Parts.

Result of professional repair

Following a professional repair, the follow-up crash, which was conducted according to the same conditions as the first crash, revealed that there were no appreciable discrepancies with the reference test car. This showed that, following a professional repair using Volkswagen Genuine Parts, the vehicle had similar deformation properties during the comparative test. All safety systems worked.

Impact of non genuine parts

The project showed that a non-professional repair has an influence on: • Car body stiffness • Deformation properties • Repair costs following a subsequent accident • Passive vehicle safety

Seasonal safety tips

Monsoon Precautions

During the rainy season, driving can be extremely tricky. Even the familiar roads are slippery and behave in unpredictable ways, and your car may be affected by the rain too. Hence, to make your driving experience safer, we bring you some essential monsoon tips you might find useful.

Rain and Flood Precautions

During the rainy season, driving can be extremely tricky. Even the familiar roads are slippery and behave in unpredictable ways, and your car may be affected by the rain too. Hence, to make your driving experience safer, we bring you some essential monsoon tips you might find useful. Flooding is an unfortunate incident, and like most natural hazards it comes without a warning. Often during a flood, people in cars are stranded for days, and cars too get heavily damaged. The rain and flood tips would help you understand your car’s behaviour on inundated roads and would help protect yourself and your car from any possible damages.

Safe through the seasons

The climate in India is diverse, just like its culture. And keeping in mind the climactic conditions in India, we present to you some safety tips to assist you while driving on Indian roads.

  • Be well acquainted with the tyres

    Always check your tyre pressure. Make sure they’re in good shape and keep
    a spare handy at all times.

  • Space is important

    Be at a distance from the car ahead. Do not tailgate, because it won’t take you ahead
    but only increase the risk of a collision.

  • Don’t use your phone while driving

    Keep away from all distractions, especially your mobile phone when you are driving. Strictly avoid attending to calls and texting
    when you are in the driver’s seat.

  • Remember to buckle up

    Always wear your seatbelts. Insist on everyone else travelling in the car to wear seatbelts.

  • Obey traffic rules

    You’re in a hurry. But so is everyone else. Violating traffic rules only adds to the chaos which would further delay your journey and may land you in a serious accident.

  • Watch your children

    Children can often be a cause of distraction while you’re driving. Talk to them and make them understand that it’s important for your and their safety, that they maintain a calm environment while inside the car.

  • Share the responsibility

    For long trips, don’t drive solo. Have someone with you who could drive while you take some rest or a nap. Drive again when you feel energized.

  • Take a break

    Tiredness is one of the major reasons
    behind road accidents. If you feel sleepy while driving, take a break. Rest for at least 15 minutes after every 3 hours of driving.

FAQs

1. What should I do when the engine does not start?
  • It may be becausa vehicle battery is discharged. Try to Jump start or recharge vehicle battery.
  • It may be that an incorrect vehicle key is being used - Use a valid vehicle key to avoid this situation.
  • It may be that fuel level is too low. Refuel the tank with recommended fuel.
2. What precautions should I take if the road ahead is not lit up properly?

It might be due to the following reasons :

  • Headlights are set for driving on the left or right, or headlights are set too high up.
  • Bulbs are defective or the dipped beam headlights are not switched on.
  • In certain situations you can switch the headlights on for driving on the left or right.
  • Adjust the headlight range, change the bulbs. Switch on dipped headlights.
3. Fuel consumption of my vehicle is higher than indicated. What is the cause of this irregularity?

It might be due to the following:

  • Short journeys and uneven acceleration - accelerate evenly in short journeys
  • An electrical consumer is switched on – switch off all consumers that are not needed
  • Fault in engine management system - have the fault rectified from the authorized service center
  • Tyre pressure is too low - adjust the tyre pressure as recommended for the tyre size
  • Driving at high engine speed - select a high gear for fuel economy
  • Driving in hilly regions or driving with a heavy load - you tend to use more fuel in such situations
4. What should I do in a vehicle breakdown situation to avoid further damage? 
  • To ensure your own safety and the safety of your passengers, observe the following points in the given order:
  • Stop the vehicle at a safe distance away from moving traffic and on a suitable surface
  • Switch on the hazard warning lights using the button
  • Apply the handbrake firmly
  • Select the neutral position or move the selector lever to ‘P’
  • Stop engine and remove the key from the ignition
  • Make sure all occupants exit the vehicle away from moving traffic and move to safety, for instance behind the safety barrier
  • Take all vehicle keys with you when you leave the vehicle
  • Place the warning triangle in position to draw the attention of other road users to your vehicle
  • Allow the engine to cool down and, if necessary, use expert assistance