Archive for November, 2012

Vehicle 12 volt Battery Testing In Winter

November 19th, 2012 Comments off

This winter maintaining vehicles becomes more important to ensure that everything is working correctly. Employers don’t need stranded vehicles in cold wintery conditions because of issues such as flat batteries. Similarly in winter weather it’s vital to ensure that their vehicles are in top condition, regularly checking the condition of batteries and tyres can prevent accidents in icy conditions. There are a number of  products on the market that assist through the winter.

A vehicle’s battery is not very demanding, and most often only thought about when it fails. But just a small amount of care and mantainence will help insure it doesn’t let you down when you need it most.

Lack of battery care and maintenance combined with cold weather has a way of bringing out the borderline batteries that were fine in the summer, but don’t have the power for a cold weather start. And not just winter, battery care and maintenance is a year round requirement. You want to catch a bad battery before it lets you down, usually on one of the coldest days of the year.

Testing and maintaining a battery is fairly simple and only requires a few basic tools.

If you have a car, van or truck battery, it is highly recommended that you use a good quality battery tester like a Midtronics tester. There are quite a few types of Midtronics testers. The latest MDX665P with built in printer are much easier to read and I don’t have to stand there trying techncial information.

Scania Dealer Keltruck stated “The use of the tester has been excellent on winter service routines and when carrying out vehicle inspections, easy to use and with the benefit of a built in printer we have a hard copy report of the battery state for our records. Winter is a problem time for batteries and poor batteries will cause no starts which is a problem for our customers, testing and reporting healthy batteries will stop no starts and keep our customers vehicles on the road. Furthermore I can add all the products and back up service I have requested from aide automotive has been second to none.”


Truck Battery Tester

Midtronics battery tester

Fuel Savings For Commercial Vehicles

November 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Airtabs Are A Proven Fuel Reduction Product For Commercial Vehicles

aide automotive ltd are pleased to introduced a new product the range called “Airtabs”!

Airtabs are a revolutionary product to the commercial vehicle market and can on average offer a 2.5% saving on fuel!

Airtabs are patented, unique wishbone shaped vortex generators designed to increase vehicle aerodynamic performance and fuel economy by reducing aerodynamic pressure drag at two key locations; the tractor-trailer gap and the rear facing surface (the base area) of any commercial or private square backed vehicle or trailer that routinely attains highway speeds. Drag reduction and fuel economy benefits from Airtab application is not limited to commercial trucking operations. Airtabs enhance aerodynamic performance equally well on cube vans, straight trucks, expeditors, buses, flat beds and tankers.

The results may vary somewhat with vehicle type but the aerodynamic theory and principles are the same for all.

Airtabs are mounted 3 per linear foot, or every 4 inches on centre. Take the number of feet to be covered and multiply by 3 to give the number of Airtabs required. Airtabs are approximately (in inches) 3.5 wide, 5 long and 1 high.

Each Airtab creates two tight swirls of air or vortices that combine to reduce the suction and drag at the rear of vehicles travelling at speeds above approximately 35 mph or 55kmh. Airtabs are also effective at the rear roof lines of automobiles that have a rear window slope of greater than 30 degrees.

Matthew Burke Sales Director Stated “With today’s rising costs of fuel all companies need to review ways on reducing costs and AirTabs are the proven ideal tool. With an easy period pay back this product is for now and the future.”

UK testing has also taken place at Mira and a couple of prominent fleets in the UK have shown the results to be true.

Contact aide automotive ltd for a fleet quote or to arrange a meeting to see how Airtabs work.

Phone 0115 8456471 or email

Fuel Saver for Trucks and Trailers

Reduce Fuel Consumption of a Truck With Airtabs