5 Mechanics For Dummies

Arriving to work to learn that your vehicle has no intention of stopping is not the definition of fun.

To then identify the liquid oozing from beneath your front end as brake fluid is far from ideal when you shift finishes at midnight, arranging recovery may take hours and you absolutely can’t drive the thing.

My track record with cars is… poor! The one and only loyal vehicle I’ve owned being a 21 year old Suzuki Vitara which I prided, unfortunately being sold to accommodate my ever growing family.

It got me thinking about the wear and tear on fleet vehicles. It’s easy to sit back and assume the vehicles are regularly serviced, have reliable and fast break down services and rarely go wrong, but something tells me that could be optimistic and far from the truth.

I’d be interested to learn of the ambulance still serving on UK roads with the highest mileage.

Do our vehicles get scrapped or sold once they accumulate a predetermined mileage/age threshold?

This is just my being curious, any personal experiences openly welcomed.

KW x

Take it easy driving – the life you save may be mine. — James Dean


One thought on “5 Mechanics For Dummies

  1. When I started on full-time emergency duites, in 1980, we were using both very old, and brand new vehicles. We had Bedfords from the late 1960s, and they still had a bell in the bonnet, operated electronically from a switch inside. There were also brand new Leyland Daf V8 vehicles, heavier, and unwieldy at speed. We preferred the Bedfords, as they still had sliding doors, so were cooler in the summer.
    The LAS had its own mechanics, and the ambulances were nursed through countless breakdowns. Because it was London, we didn’t accumulate high mileages, but the brakes were well-used, in heavy traffic, and overheating was often an issue. For out of hours breakdowns, we had the RAC, and they would generally recover vehicles, to save time repairing them at night.
    I had left by the time the fleet went ‘all Mercedes’, so had never driven one of those.
    Best wishes, Pete.


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