Herald - Issue 385

Page 70 • The HERALD • 20th February 2020 v READ THE HERALD ONLINE: www.herald-publishing.co.uk v For a free estimate call 07866 041192 or 0800 028 7878 or visit www.chipsaway.co.uk 145 Long Lane, Holbury SO45 2NZ Tel: 023 8024 3300 NOWOPEN SUNDAYS FROM 10AM-2PM FOR ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS LOCALLY • Free fit batteries (most cars) • Free fit wiper blades • Battery chargers • Oils • Braking • Service parts • Tools/tool hire • Car paints • Engine management diagnostics/reset • Towing accessories • Number plates • Exhaust systems • Steering/suspension • Haynes manuals W: www.cobramotorcomponents.co.uk E: sales@cobramotorcomponents.co.uk CHECK YOUR VEHICLE Advice from Highways England e advice comes as gures released by Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) show that in January 2019 over half a million cars had a late MOT with more than 70,000 failing with a dangerous fault. Putting o your MOT to save money might be tempting, but alongside carrying out the road safety checks, DVSA is urging drivers to make sure the car has an up to date MOT and sign up for a free MOT reminder. Here are some simple regular car checks that drivers can do to help avoid breakdowns: • Check tyres: prior to setting o on a long/signi cant journey, check your tyre pressures are suitable for the load and the condition of your tyres, including the spare. Look out for cuts or wear and make sure the tyres have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, which is the legal limit. • Check engine oil: use your dipstick to check oil regularly and before any long journey, and top up if needed. Take your car back to the garage if you’re topping up more than usual. • Check water: to ensure you have good visibility, always keep your screen wash topped up so you can clear debris or dirt o your windscreen. • Check lights: if your indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights or brake lights are not functioning properly, you are putting yourself and your family at risk. In addition, light malfunctions can be a reason for your vehicle to fail its MOT. • Check fuel: before setting out, check your fuel levels and make sure you have enough to get to your destination. More advice can be found online: www. think.gov.uk/campaign/vehicle-safety- checks/ Highways England has also issued ve basic safety tips to follow if your car does break down on a motorway: • Get away from the tra c. Exit the motorway or get to an emergency area or hard shoulder and use the free phone provided. • If that’s not possible, move le onto the verge. • Get out of the le side of your car and behind the barrier if you can and it is safe to do so. • Get help – contact your breakdown provider or Highways England on 0300 123 5000. • If you break down in moving tra c and cannot leave your car, keep your seatbelt and hazard lights on and call 999. Technology Improvements on Approach to M27 Junction 7 Approved Hampshire County Council is to lead on delivering a £1.2 million scheme to upgrade roadside technology around M27 Junction 7 and to upgrade and improve the operation of the tra c signals at the junction of ornhill Road/ Hinkler Park Road. e project was approved by Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, at his recent decision day and is due to start this spring. Councillor Humby said: “The roadside technology has reached the end of its life, so we are going to replace it to maintain effective journey time monitoring. In addition, we are working closely with Southampton City Council on developing a traffic light improvement scheme at the junction of Thornhill Park Road and Hinkler Road. This is a known congestion hotspot and together these works aim to reduce congestion and improve journey times.” e scheme includes an upgrade of the tra c signals, installation of Bluetooth monitoring units and the renewal of Variable Message Signs (VMS) and CCTV. It forms part of the wider package of measures funded by Highways England planned to improve tra c ows at and around M27 Junction 7. Hampshire County Council will be delivering the technology improvements on Highways England’s behalf as one element of the Highways England’s wider proposals for the improvements around M27 Junction 7. Improvements to upgrade the tra c signals at Junction 7 will be undertaken directly by Highways England as a separate but complementary scheme. Junction 7 of the M27 serves as the main access route to Hedge End and connects the A27 with onwards connections to Bitterne and other parts of Southampton to the east. e area is subject to extensive peak time congestion leading to extended journey times a ecting both the local and strategic road networks. e renewal and installation of the VMS and the network monitoring CCTV is one of a series of wider network management measures to help improve the ow of tra c exiting the motorway and to complement Highways England’s M27 SMART Motorway project. The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. Langley WI’s next meeting will be on Tuesday 17th March for a Social Evening with Mexican Train, followed on Tuesday 21st March for an Evening with the RNLI. Langley WI meet every third Tuesday at St Francis Church Hall, West Common, SO45 1XX at 7.30pm. Visitors are always very welcome. For more information contact Vicky on 023 8089 4393 or email langleypres@hampshirewi.org.uk Social Evening with Mexican Trains