Friday, 26 May 2017

FIAT Is Back In Nigeria...... With The FIAT Tipo Brand

Despite the fact that the classic mid-sized sedans are not among the most popular nowadays, Fiat sent the new sedan with the familiar name Fiat Tipo into a fight for additional customers.

Described as a "functional car which maximizes value for money", the FIAT Tipo was designed in Italy, developed in Turkey, and will be marketed in more than 40 countries in Europe, the middle east and Africa, including Nigeria.

Weststar Associates Limited are the authorized general distributors of FIAT in Nigeria and on the 25th Of May 2017, they officially presented the FIAT brand and unveiled the Tipo model back into the Nigerian market and the Supercars Of Nigeria team was there to capture some of the event in pictures.

See few pictures after the cut...








































Wednesday, 10 May 2017

How Can I Tell If I Need New Brakes?

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Have your brakes started making unrecognisable sounds and squeals? If so, you may be due for a new set of brake pads. This is not the time to do what we do best and ‘manage’. So take these signs seriously and visit your nearest mechanic for new brake pads or rotors if you start noticing any of these signs.

Pulling

If your car has started having a mind of its own and pulls to one side while you’re braking, this may mean that the brake lining is wearing off. It could also spell bigger issues like foreign matter being present in the break fluid. Consider having the oil changed or getting a brake assessment.

Grinding

That sound you hear, is the sound of a brake pad that has been completely and severely worn out, usually to the point of no return. The precautions for not paying attention to this one are particularly dire so do not compromise.

Fading

If your brakes are not as responsive as they once were and the pedal has started sinking to the floor this may mean that there is a leak in the braking system. This could either be in the form of air leak or brake fluid leak. A common indicator of brake fluid leak is the little presents of small puddles of what resembles motor oil bur more slimy.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Kudos to Danfo Drivers 

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Easter is around the corner again! And it’s cool to look forward to a sweet, long weekend. Of course, the feeling of celebration is already in the air. Something like some of us have been fasting for quite a while?

Huh! Whether you’re a faithful Lent-er or a cool feast-er, it’s another wonderful season of the year! What a great time to connect with friends and loved ones! No doubt, most of us will be going out with our family and friends, to different places for different activities in celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Quick to add, Happy Easter to all!

Now point of reminder: we’ll need some kind of transport or another. Whether we would be travelling by air, water, rail or something, our transport on Nigerian roads will be the final link to most of our interactions – no be so? Of course, some of us “big men” will go out in our Range-Rovers, Bentleys, Rolls-Royce, Land Cruiser etc. OK – we may decide to put “bigmanism” aside this Easter. Y-es. I mean some of us can decide to just be cool and simple, putting our private “road-craft” aside, for public transport – maybe the likes of our Lagos government-powered Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service.

But to say the truth, majority of us would go to various venues of Easter celebration in public commercial vehicles – particularly the “danfos”! No wahala, sha. Just that I’d like to speak in favour of your all-important danfo drivers and their able assistants – the bus conductors. These honourable transporters are doing a great job! Yes oo!

Without any official supervision, these hardworking public servants resume to duty sometimes as early as 4.30am. Can you beat that!? And one funny thing is – these transporters serve all sectors of the Nigerian workforce. Think about it: we just walk down the bus-stops expecting these transport people to be there waiting for our arrival! Well, most of us have trouble relating to these transport merchants. All the same, these danfo people are trying oo! Abi wetin you talk?

You see, just think about how committed the danfo driver is… He is ever in love with the steering and the gear box, piloting the vessel with considerable alertness – at least to obey the orders of the bus conductors, who uses both verbal communication and “knocking/beating” communication on the vehicle’s body, to demand “stops” and “carry-go’s”!

If you care to know, you’d be surprised that the pilot makes A LOT of sacrifice. As a rule, he takes his meals while serving the ever-demanding commuters, thanks to snacks and drinks sellers. And of course, he’s got to be very watchful against possible ‘attacks’ from unfriendly, opportunistic – ‘merciless’ – uniformed men… This thing no dey eazy at all, at all!

You see, very few human beings can beat the ruggedness and resilience of the danfo conductor. He is ever enthusiastic, consistently announcing the destination of the road-craft – “Ikeja, ’Keja!” And quite sacrificially, he imposes a permanent standing ovation on himself, while making snacks and carbonated drinks his meals as the day’s business unfolds.

Wait a minute! Who says the danfo conductor is an “illiterate”? Ha! It’s not true oo! The guy who collects different Nigerian “money” from the passengers and intelligently computes the “balance” – as the case may be – is not illiterate. (Well, he needs improvement. Not to worry. I’d soon make few suggestions that could help him provide better services. Just permit me to praise him a little further.)
Most of the time, the danfo conductor is very persuasive, doing everything possible in getting the customer to pick up the ticket from him… Now take a look at the two business partners I’ve been praising. They have a way of coping with many hardships together. Fuel scarcity, intrusion and embarrassments from uniformed and mufti-wearing touts, and so much more!

Even when there are just a handful of passengers on the highway, these guys are there – not only to make money – but to fulfil their honourable service of giving a ride to WHOEVER – to their desired destination! And in cases of lone drivers combining piloting with customer relations, you know what a task it is! (Please drop this thing in your hand and clap for them, jare!)

My Naija people, how best can we appreciate these honourables? The most appropriate way, I suppose, is to join hands in raising our own standard of living. You see, if our collective attitudes, expectations and treatment of fellow Nigerians change, then things will change indeed. Whichever way you think, please let’s redefine transport services in Nigeria. I mean, it can be ‘honourable indeed’ to be a transporter.

Well, the issues are many and sensitive. But this is a very important reminder: these danfo drivers and conductors are human beings too. Let’s learn to appreciate them. I suggest our dear governors and other government people make things better for our transport workers. Many of our roads need complete reconstruction, not maintenance.

Hehn-hehn! Government should make it compulsory for all conductors to stop the needless standing ovation; a seat in the road-craft shall forever be reserved for the honourable public relations officer! That would be nice, right?

I believe our financial institutions, the government, and the danfo people’s union – huh! transport workers’ union – the NURTW* – can join hands in putting better vehicles on Nigerian roads. But listen. The issues aren’t just matters of infrastructure. Ethical behaviours amongst transport workers are very important.

Oga Driver and Mr. Conductor, please learn to be polite to the passengers – na dem be customers oo; na dem dey pay the money – no be so? Please respect your passengers, OK? How about proper dressing of danfo people? I’d suggest the NURTW put a public announcement forward, stating acceptable standard of dressing for transport workers. Advice noted, abi? (What a wonderful Nigeria it would be if we got to the highway one day and saw all danfo drivers and conductors well dressed! It is possible!)

Hmm! I didn’t come here to lecture these people. The emphasis today is respect and commendation for our honourable danfo drivers and conductors. After all, they earn their living through legitimate means. I hope they too would treat “the customer” with more respect, henceforth.
“…give respect and honour to all who deserve it… LOVE does no harm to anyone… If you love your neighbour, that would mean you have fully obeyed God’s righteous law.”# That is a good summary of my talk-talk.
Happy Easter!

10 Safety Tips When Driving In The Rain

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The rains are here.....and driving under the rain sometimes can be somehow. I was with a friend sometimes last week on the Island and it started raining, and driving from the Island to Festac in the rain was so stressful, as in I no see anything, na grace carry us reach our destination.

So today we will be giving tips on how to drive safely when its raining.

1.Keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times
Keep all distractions, such as cell phones or even the radio, off and away from you. While focus to your front do Take a Look in Back View Mirror as well Right Hand side & Left Hand side so that you get an 360 degree over view what is happening around any mud slide or falling tree, electric pole, hanging electrical wires , or in coming hazard etc.

2.Turn on your headlights.This will make it easier for you to see what is in front of you; thus, preventing any accidents.

3. Keep a minimum of a good five car length from the car in front of you.
You never know what other drivers are going to do or what could happen to you! If that feels too close or too far a rule of thumb is 1 second of following distance per 10 mph (16 km/h). That holds true especially in bad weather.

4. Drive at or below the speed limit.
To the extent that you are comfortable with, and can see far enough in front of you to appropriately make driving decisions.

5.Be aware that the maximum speed at which you can drive is DIRECTLY related to your tires.
Be sure to know the condition of your tyres. Radial tires have better traction than the old bias ply polyester tires, but even they lose their ability to grip wet pavement and channel water out as the tread wears out.

6.Be aware of hydroplaning.
This is where your vehicle travels on top of the water and has NO or very little contact with the ground. Your traction is reduced significantly. To safely get out of a hydroplaning situation let off the gas and steer straight or slightly in the direction you must go. Do not make sudden motions and remain calm.

7.Avoid flooded roads.
Never drive through standing or flowing water in a road way unless you have no choice or you are able to follow someone else to judge the depth of the water. Flooding the engine of your car can cause the engine to stall, and deep water can actually float your car and take it off the roadway.

8.Turn on the defroster if the windshield begins to fog.
In hot, muggy weather, air conditioned air (which cannot contain as much moisture) will usually clear the inside of the windshield faster than non air conditioned.

9. Be aware that brakes can be affected by water.
Wet drum type brakes are especially prone to decreased stopping power after driving through deep water.

10. Watch for splashing from potholes and pools of water that accumulate at clogged storm drain pipes and low areas of the pavement.
Highways also develop “ruts” where the heaviest traffic tracks, and you may be able to position your vehicle while remaining in your lane to avoid these.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Ten Types Of People You Meet In A Public Transport

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Hello Supercar fans, hope the day is going good? Its almost time for people to start heading home from work, and to be honest, I'm sure most people here (me included) dey enter Danfo, BRT etc sometimes if not most times.... so today we wont be talking about Supercars, we will be talking about Public buses and not just that, we will be showcasing the kinds of people we meet when we use a public bus.

1. The Sleepers: These set of people
sleep
practically all the journey. Some even
go to the extent of snoring.

2. The Talkatives: The talkatives raise
discussions on different issues. They
can talk for hours uninterrupted.

3. The Music Freaks. These ones plug
in their ear- piece as soon as the
journey begins. They listen to music non-stop
until they alight from
the
vehicle.

4. The Gluttons: The gluttons buy
food and drinks at the slightest
opportunity. Some can even eat all
through the journey. They buy fruits,
walnuts,drinks chips, gala e.t.c

5. The Cautioners: These set of
people always caution the driver
whenever he is over- speeding. They
keep saying “life has no duplicate”

6. The Fat People (mostly ladies): They occupy
virtually all the space on the
seat. They are so annoying. They can
even squeeze life out of you. You can
only curse them silently!

7. The Thieves: The thieves steal from
unsuspecting passengers. They steal money
and phones. These set of
people are the most dangerous in the
bus. (na wA oooo!!!)

8. The Preachers/ Prayer warriors:
They lead prayers immediately the
journey begins. They also preach and share
tracts.

9. The Gentle: The gentle sits all by
himself
throughout the journey. He simply
decides to ignore everyone in the
vehicle. He might not utter a word all through.

10. Quarrelsome : These are the
people that makes unusual jokes and
when people respond they get angry
and want to fight.

Be sincere, where do you
belong?






Saturday, 1 April 2017

5 Easy Car Maintenance Tips Every Woman Should Know

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Happy new month Supercar lovers, so yesterday we shared a list of 10 things every woman needs to have in her car. Ladies, we still have some more great car maintenance tips for you! Today, we’re sharing 5 easy car maintenance tips every woman should know. Keep reading to find out what you need to do to preserve the life span of your car.

Check your brakes frequently

It’s so easy to get carried away with our daily lives and we tend to pay little attention to our car, other than the occasional oil change and filling up the gas tank. It almost becomes a routine. But there are some problems that can cost you big problems if overlooked, or left unattended for too long. One thing that can cost you a lot if left unattended are your brakes. Be sure to pay close attention to the sounds your brakes make while you drive. If you start to hear a squealing noise when your brake, it may be time to change your brake pads. Another great tip you can practice to maintain your car is to keep a safe following distance between you and the car in front of you when driving. This will reduce the times you slam unexpectedly on your brakes which happens frequently when you drive closely behind a car.

Learn how to change a flat tire

With the way our roads are set up in Nigeria, you’re probably more likely to run into a flat tire than any other car maintenance problem. But what’s worst than having a flat tire in the middle of Lekki expressway than not knowing how to change your fat tire. Think about how much time you could save instead of waiting for someone to come fix your tire. More importantly, you’ll look like a total rock star!

Know your gas

Different cars need different grades of gasoline. Most subcompact and SUV’s rely on regular gasoline while luxury cars usually require premium gas. Did you know the weight of your car affects the cars gas consumption? The heavier the weight of the car, the more power the car will need to move. Similarly, the more people you have in your car, the more fuel you car consumes.

Clean your worn out wiper blades

The rule of thumb is to replace your wipers every 6 months. This is super easy since they are usually hawked on the streets! Remember to keep them clean by wiping them regularly and watch out for cracks.

Periodic Maintenance

When you buy a new car, it is advisable to get familiar with your owners manual. If you’ve recently bought a used car, do your due diligence and educate yourself by researching about the car on the internet. Here are a few routine thing you can do to take care of your car:
  • Check under the hood: Check as frequently as possible. Once every week or every 2 weeks.
  • Do a tire rotation: Every 6,000 miles following the manufacturers rotation recommendation. If you have a matching spare, include it in the rotation as well so when it is time for change, it will run as smooth and last as long.
  • Align & Balance: Have car checked every 10k-12k miles or the first time you notice unusual steering or a vibration at highway speeds.
  • Tune up, Filters and Timing belts: Make sure you follow up with manufactures recommendations
  • Oil change: Every 3000 miles with oil filter
All these things sound like a lot of work but in the long run it will save you a lot of money. Do you have any tips for maintaining your car? Share them with us!


Friday, 31 March 2017

10 Things Every Woman Needs In Her Car

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Ladies, we know all too well how important it is to always be ready, for literally anything! Especially if you live in a city like Lagos, where traffic is as unexpected as our epileptic power supply. There’s nothing worse than being stuck in traffic on your way to a hot date but you don’t have spare makeup or killer heels to switch up from your drab work wear. Well if this has ever happened to you, I’m sure you’ve vowed never to be caught in that situation again. That’s why we’re sharing these 10 things every babe in Lagos needs to have in her car at all times!

Mini make-up bag 

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Now we’re not saying you need your whole vanity closet up in your car. But a few important items that can easily fit in a compact makeup bag should do the trick. Mascara, one or two lip glosses, and your favourite concealer should do. This means you can always touch up your make up in the car and you’ll never have to turn down another unexpected date just cos you’re not covered.


Period paraphernalia 

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We’ve all been there, your period takes a life on it’s own and decides it wants to come a day or two early. What an absolute nightmare! If the thought of asking your colleague for a spare tampon or making a quick stop at the supermarket makes you uncomfortable, fear no more. The next time your period unexpectedly makes a guest appearance, be prepared by stuffing some panty liners, feminine wipes and a couple tampons in a zip lock bag underneath the seat of your car.

Car charger

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Do we even need to spell this one out? Driving around in Lagos is already stressful enough, who needs the added anxiety of a dead phone battery. Avoid this by having a car charger permanently in your car.

Spare set of comfortable shoes 

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Wearing heels five days a week for nine hours a day is no joke. Once it’s 5’clock all you want to do is kick them off. Every woman needs a spare set of comfortable shoes in her car, since after work is when most of us have the time to run some errands.

Spare clean undies

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No need to go too much into detail here but let’s start by saying-it’s best to always be prepared for the unexpected. Ladies, have you ever had a long day running around and had no time for a quick change before you head to dinner with the girls or on a date? It’s miraculous what a change of clean undies can do to freshen you up physically and mentally.

Car support

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Ladies, this is the year of the woman. 2017 is not the year for your car to break down on Lekki expressway and you’re parked off to the side waiting for a good samaritan to come help you. It’s not enough to have spare tires and jumper cables in your car. You need to know how to use them too!

Spare clothes

Well, you already have spare undies and and change of shoes so it makes sense to also have a full outfit change, right? This may seem a little extra but every woman . You’re out running errands around Lagos and have to meet up with someone unexpectedly. Will you risk sitting in traffic to change out of your sweaty clothes? Or quickly stop at a friend’s house to change?

Deodorants

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There’s really no need to be walking around town smelling like yesterday! Every woman should have some deodorant or perfume in her glove compartment to protect her on the hottest days and in the harshest heat.

First Aid Kit

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This is one of those things you never consider and will rarely ever need it. But the day that you do need it and you have this in your car, you’ll be glad you were prepared. A mini first aid kit will usually have everything from bandages, plasters and even ointment for itchy skin.

Breath mints

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No need to let the whole world know you are jollof and goat meat for lunch. If you’re out and about during the day and don’t have the luxury of going back home to brush and floss your teeth, you can still freshen up your breath with some breath mints which can keep very well in your glove compartment of your car.


Are there any other things you thin every woman should have in her car? Let us know!