Driving Safe Do Not Disturb While Driving

For the safety of you and other road uses
Please do not answer phone or sms while driving.
unless you have hands free to talk.
Heavy fines are on the way… for Western Australia.
Below is for a iphone but sure there a feature available for Android.
How to use the Do Not Disturb while driving feature
With iOS 11, your iPhone can sense when you might be driving and prevent notifications.
The first time your iPhone running iOS 11 senses that you might be driving, it shows a description of the Do Not Disturb while driving feature after you stop. (This description appears only in certain countries; if it doesn’t appear, follow the steps below to enable the feature.)
Tap Turn On While Driving, and it will turn on automatically when your iPhone connects to
your car via Bluetooth1 or when your iPhone senses driving motion. You can change the method your iPhone uses to determine whether you’re driving, or turn the feature on manually.
Turn it on and off in Control Center
You can let Do Not Disturb while driving turn on automatically, or you can add it to Control Center for convenient manual access:
1. Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls.
2. Tap next to Do Not Disturb While Driving.
Now you can swipe up from the bottom of your screen and tap to turn the feature on or off.
What to expect while it’s active
Here’s what to expect when Do Not Disturb while driving is turned on. You can customize many of these features in Settings.
• Your iPhone stays silent and the screen stays dark. If someone sends you a message, they receive an automatic reply letting them know that you’re driving. If the message is important, the sender can type the word “urgent” to make sure that you receive a notification. Then you can pull over to read their important message or ask Siri to read it to you.
• iPhone delivers some notifications, such as emergency alerts, timers, and alarms.
• Phone calls are delivered using the same conditions as standard Do Not Disturb: You can allow calls only from your Favorites, and allow calls to come through if the same
person calls twice in a row. If your iPhone connects to your car via Bluetooth, calls will come through as usual, and you can use your car’s buttons, microphones, and speakers to take your call.
• If you use Maps to navigate, your iPhone still shows lock-screen navigation help and gives turn-by-turn instructions.
• If you’re a passenger and you try to use your iPhone while the feature is active, you

must tap I’m Not Driving to turn it off.
Customize its features
You can customize how Do Not Disturb while driving works in Settings > Do Not Disturb. Tap Activate to choose how you’d like Do Not Disturb while driving to turn on.
• Automatically: Your iPhone uses information like motion detection and network connections to sense that you might be driving, and turns on the feature.2 3
• When Connected to Car Bluetooth: Do Not Disturb while driving starts when your phone connects to your car’s hands-free system.3
• Manually: Use Control Center to turn on Do Not Disturb while driving before you begin.
Tap Auto-Reply To and choose who receives an auto-reply, then tap Auto-Reply to customize the message they receive. If someone still needs to contact you, they can break through Do Not Disturb by sending “urgent” as an additional message.
Use Restrictions to keep it on
Are you the parent of a young driver? You can prevent changes to Do Not Disturb while driving to make sure that it remains a part of their safe driving habits.
1. On your child’s iPhone, go to Settings > General > Restrictions.
2. If you haven’t used Restrictions before, enter a new passcode. Remember this
passcode for any future changes.
3. Under Allow Changes, tap Do Not Disturb While Driving.
4. Select Don’t Allow Changes.

Product Review: Mother’s Synthetic Wax

Mother’s Synthetic Wax is easy to use and a little goes a long way. It spreads easily and buffs off even easier. The smell is great as well. Durability is easily 3-6 months depending on conditions.

This synthetic wax works well. IMHO it should be be last coat applied to your car. *****

I Also recommend Clay bar a yearly.
I usually clay bar cars or use mothers cleaner wax, then apply this product to seal it.
or Mothers Professional Finishing polish for (dark cars)

I regularly wash customer cars and throw a quick coat is this wax on. Cars look great as a result.

This wax goes on easily and buffs off even easier. Just be careful, any black trim you get the wax on needs to be wiped up immediately unless you like long lasting white smudges on it.

The protection seems very long lasting. Water will still bead quickly. I find that road grime washes off quite easily as this wax seals it from the paint.

Features & Benefits
Mothers synthetic wax provides unparalleled depth, shine and protection in an easy-to-apply, effortless-to-remove formula. Our specially formulated micro encapsulated polymers form a chemical bond to protect your paint s surface, while ultra-fine polishes bring out the gloss and luster you to your car paint.

Superior gloss
• Deep wet shine
• Maximum polymer protection
• Easy-to-use formula


Pour a small amount on a microfiber or suitable applicator. Massage thoroughly onto the surface. Allow to dry to a haze. Remove with a microfiber or soft cloth. Turn towel frequently for best buffing action.

Removing Sand From Car Carpets & Mats

After nearly a few decades of detailing customer cars, I’ve found that the soft brush attachment on any vacuum cleaner is the best way to clean auto carpet and seats.
With that car, I would start up top with micro fiber towels gently wiping away the sand and then using the brush attachment from there on the carpets and seats.
You can also use the brush attachment on the plastics, but be careful not to be too aggressive. Also…don’t keep using the towels when they trap too much sand, because it will scratch the plastic surfaces.

Sand can often be very awkward and time consuming to remove from carpets and mats. Once trodden in it works it’s way to the bottom of the fibres of the upholstery and will remain there until it is dealt with properly.
I’ve found that the soft brush attachment on any vacuum cleaner is the best way to clean auto carpet and seats. With that car, I would start up top with micro fiber towels gently wiping away the sand and then using the brush attachment from there on the carpets and seats. You can also use the brush attachment on the plastics, but be careful not to be too agressive. Also, don’t keep using the towels when they trap too much sand, because it will scratch the plastic.

The brush attachment will make quick work of the sand in the carpets and seats.

The second step is to lay the mats down and use a stiff bristled upholstery or detailing brush to agitate them.
This will further help to release any ingrained particles from the fibres, lifting them up to the surface. Work the brush in alternate directions and ensure all areas are sufficiently agitated.
After brushing the mats the third step is to give them a thorough vacuum. A crevice tool type attachment should be used as this provides the best possible suction.
Again, vacuum the mats in alternate directions and continue to do so until all the sand has been removed. If initially, you sufficiently beat them then vacuuming should not keep pulling up sand, if it does however you should go back to the first step and repeat the process.
If the carpets of your car have been affected with sand deposits they too should be dealt with in a similar manner. Obviously you cannot beat the carpets like you can the mats, but instead you can simply use your hands to pat down on the surface.
The vibrations of this patting down will help the bring ingrained sand particles up to the surface which can then further be agitated with the brush and thoroughly vacuumed up.

Sand is one of the most awkward things to clean up and remove from the interior of a car and it can take a little time and persistence to successfully remove heavily affected areas but if you follow this method it will help to speed up the process and achieve successful results.

Think about replacing mats with rubber ones that can be taken out and hosed down.
Most cars would be better with rubber mats in high use areas if
If mats have had a lot of use and looking worn and have very embedded sand.
May be time to replace them…
Universal mats are not to expensive some also have Logos
Dealer mats can be expensive.
My suggestion most cars need carpet mat replacements ever 12 months.
Unless your cleaning the car carpets regular basis.

Something to think about – Carpets in Cars

Carpet in cars is stupid. It’s always been a little stupid, but for decades it was the best we could do, if you wanted something covering the lower interior of your car that deadened sound and wasn’t as cheap-looking as rubber or bare metal. I know we can do better, and I think humanity is finally ready.

Let’s just think about carpeting in cars for a bit. Your car is a place where you’re most likely going to be wearing shoes, where you’re going to be stepping into after walking through any number of unknown surfaces, in all kinds of weather. That means your shoes are likely to be gritty, dirty, wet – pretty much the entire glorious spectrum of how an object can be moistly besmirched. And, since most cars lack porches with doormats, all that real-world filth atitude will be making its way from your shoes to your car’s carpet.

I know what you’re thinking – floor mats! You have floor mats in your car! They protect that precious carpet from the assault of shoe-borne invaders!

Sure, that’s true. But consider this: the very existence of floor mats is a condemnation of the failure of the car’s carpet to do its job. If the carpet needs another bit of removable carpet over it to protect it, something is deeply, profoundly wrong.

Did a knight wear armour over his armour to protect his armour? Floor mats are like the plastic covers hypothetical grandmas have on their rugs and furniture: a sign of a world gone wrong.

We drink beverages in cars, we eat food. Purists may insist that this never happens in their cars, but the vast majority of car owners don’t listen to purists because they’re too busy eating and drinking stuff while driving. And liquids spill, and food crumbles, and it all gets worked into the dense fibers of an automotive carpet.

I’ve had to clean spoiled coffee out of car carpet in my job way, way more times than I thought would be fun. Getting the smell out is like wrestling with a stinky ghost of unthinkable smells.

Carpet makes no sense in cars. As a car ages, it’s almost guaranteed to be the part that gets the most disgusting. It’s where weird smells live, where moisture sets up camp to start a vigorous rust campaign, where stains grow and migrate, like maps of population migrations.

If you have kids, you probably agree even more. Why would you line the whole lower basin of a car designed to hold kids with the one substance that seems engineered to latch and hold crumbs better than any other?
Hello stop feeding kids in cars OK.. theres other ways to keep them amused.
If you got pets well its hard to get pet hair and the odour out of cars.
all matting for where kids drop food or pet are should be rubber matting…

Carpeting the back half of a minivan and 4WDs is essentially a form of engineering and design sadism and very hard
to keep clean.

2 New Product Reviews

First Product review is the Streetwise Dirt trap Bucket Insert. 23.3cm
Very useful when washing the car as it helps keep your wash mitt or sponge clean
as the dirt goes to the bottom of the bucket
saving your car paintwork from scratches.
I would highly recommend this product ant is available from Auto barn Stores.
Its a stock item but check first for availability.
Item is as described.

Second Product Review is the Mothers Speed Clay 2.0
Because “clay” needs a lubricant during use, The instructions say you can use with your normal car wash but also would recommend the dirt trap insert as well or the Mothers Speed Clay Detailer as well. First I will provide a review of the Mother’s Speed Clay 2.0 and then describe my experience with the two combined.
(1) The red gripping surface on this item is a sturdy sponge. Beneath that is a dark spongey material.
Below that is the surface that functions as the clay. The item appears thoughtfully designed and well manufactured.
I had no trouble holding on to the red surface and the bottom surface glided over the car easily.
as simple as washing or spray waxing your way to a perfectly clean, smooth and restored paint surface, ready for polishing and waxing. This patented, rubber polymer technology quickly shears off and removes both surface and embedded contaminants including paint overspray, water spots, fresh tree sap, rail dust, bird droppings, light oxidation and brake dust. Left alone, these particles can quickly cause molecular breakdown of your paint, leaving the finish dull and vulnerable to further deterioration. Speed Clay 2.0 will stop this damage and restore brilliance to your car’s paint, chrome, glass and smooth plastics.
Compared to the mothers clay bar I think it does a very good job and last for about 20 cars. and it cost less.
it takes far less time as you can do it while washing the car.
I recommend a clay bar treatment for every season if possible or a least twice a year.

15 Streak-Free Window & Mirror Cleaning Tips

Cleaning windows with out streaks and smudges is one of the top complaints when it comes to car washing and auto detailing. Ask any professional and they will tell you how frustrating and time consuming it is just to deliver a finished product with windows that are spotless and streak free. I have spent almost as much time perfecting my car window cleaning methods as I have with paint polishing and waxing techniques.
I have tried a lot of window cleaners both auto and commercial.
The good news is that techniques and products exist that will actually deliver professional streak free windows without spending too much on cleaners or time.

Outside Window Problems:
• Exposed to the weather and elements.
• Excessive dirt, water spots, fall-out.

Inside Window Problems:
• Film build-up from out-gassing of interior parts such as plastics, rubber, vinyl, etc. (Out-gassing is a term used to describe the natural process of chemicals used in the manufacturing process of car interiors that emit chemical gasses when exposed to air, heat, and UV lighting.
• Window tint film.
• Nicotine stains on window tinting.
Fairy-Product-shot15 Streak-Free Window & Mirror Cleaning Tips
1. Always clean windows and mirrors LAST. This prevents your freshly cleaned windows from being soiled by over spray while cleaning other areas of the car.
Spraying cleaner directly on the window usually causes over spray cleaner on your paint.

Easier to control the amount of cleaner when spraying directly onto the towel.

3. Only clean glass that is cool to the touch, never hot. Pull the car into the shade or garage and wait until the glass is cool before cleaning.
This will help prevent the glass cleaner from drying too quickly on the surface making window cleaning a pain.
4. Always clean window in the shade or under cover.
5. Start with the windshield and rear windshield. They are always the most difficult due to the different angles and the most important in terms of visibility.
Cleaning one side at a time.

Clean all the details.

7. Use different strokes for the interior and exterior. For example, use vertical strokes on the interior side of the glass and horizontal strokes on the exterior.
Side, or vice versa. This technique makes inspecting the glass for streaks a breeze as you can easily tell which side of the window needs to be cleaned again.
Horizontal strokes on the exterior. Vertical on the interior. 

Buff the window with a clean microfiber after cleaning.

9. Use open weave micro fibre cloth that never been used for any other purpose to cleaning glass.
10. spray on glass Then buff each window with r to end with a streak free, crystal clear window.
11. If you are diluting your glass cleaner always use distilled water. Distilled water does not contain additional gases, minerals or contaminants,
that tap or other types of water contain. It’s good practice to dilute all cleaners with distilled water because tap water is often considered “hard water”
with a high mineral content. These minerals are often left behind on the surface once the cleaner or water has evaporated off the surface producing water spots.
12. Only use one type of towel for cleaning glass and never use it on any other surface.
It’s helpful to place a small G on one corner of the towels with permanent marker to differentiate them from the rest.
This helps not to introduce grease or other grim to the windows.
It’s best to use a high quality waffle weave microfiber towel made specifically for cleaning glass to achieve the best streak free finish.
13. Clean the wiper blades. By removing the build up it will prevent burry areas and streaking on your windshield during use. Products like Rain X a Wiper Treatment
that lubricates the rubber and helps extend the life of your wiper blades.and in light rain water just runs off.
14. Break large windows such as the windshield and rear window into two or more manageable chucks while cleaning.

15. Remember to clean window last if washing car both outside and inside.
(Hint use a few drops of fairy dish washing liquid for the supermarket with filtered water in a spray bottle)
good for home use also and is window tint safe and also water will run off better.

Removing vinyl cut stickers from a vehicle Panels and Glass

Removing Vinyl cut Stickers off Vehicles painted panels and glass

Basic Info:
Use a hair dryer or heat gun on low heat.
A spray bottle with few drops of dishwashing liquid.
or needed a wax a grease remover get from a auto parts store
like Supercheap, Repco to auto barn or gum remover from bunnings.
also can of WD 40 works too.
A spray bottle with few drops of dishwashing liquid.
Paper towel and not cloths to avoid fluff.
peel off when soften with fingers
Do not use knives blades or scrapers to avoid scratching.
The spray bottle mix or wax and grease remover for the removal of the gum.
Be patient as it a little time consuming… especially if the vinyl is cracked or very old.
finish with reapplying a wax to the area.
may need a compound first if faded.
then a finishing wax or polish.
I use Mothers cleaner wax all in 1
Tool I use rubber vinyl sticker removing wheel tool.

Something to Beware Of …when choosing Car Detailing Business

Quickie very basic car a wash n wax vacuum
or drive through car washes that could damage your car paint.
Recycled water and dirty cleaning cloths or mops.
Vacuum or stream alone does not remove dirt embedded.
it needs extraction via shampooer to remove dirt and smells.
I see the damage on a weekly basis.
In-exprienced operators not spending enough time or care.
Cheap products and drying with contaminants still in the paint causing scratches.
Washing alone does not remove dirt, water spots bugs and tar….
Do a Test …Wipe a microfibre cloth over the surface if it feels rough
you may a need a paint clean, clay bar treatment or compound.
Inspect each panel If dull or faded you may need a compound then finishing polish
to bring back that shine and protection.
If the clear coat is missing or severe damaged by sun you may need to get a new respray clear coat.
Charging inflated prices for extras
Or New Start up businesses after quick buck(Fly in Fly out Bottom Feeders.
It takes years to learn the trade.
More than a a bucket a sponge or wash n wax out of a pressure washer.
Yes car maintenance is important and can be a chore for non car lover or busy person
Please check out my other posts on hints and tips.

Vinyl Cut Lettering and Graphics FAQ

Vinyl Cut Lettering and Graphics FAQ
What are vinyl cut stickers?
• Vinyl cut stickers are cut to shape, this eliminates the need for printing inks and background material. Vinyl cut stickers are also called Computer Cut Decals and Die-Cut Decals.
• Vinyl cut stickers create a professional appearance for signs, windows, cars, trucks, boats industrial & commercial equipment, in fact you can apply vinyl decals to any clean smooth surface, so are great across many applications.  We provide vinyl cut stickers on pre-spaced and pre-masked sheet for an easy, quick and professional application.
How long do they last?
• Depending on the vinyl used, they have an outdoor life from 5 year up to 8 years.Auto Revive uses a vinyl that’s rated up to 8 years outdoors continuously. How do I apply the vinyl cut stickers?
• All orders for vinyl cut stickers come with application instructions, you can also download a PDF file application Instructions.
Are vinyl cut stickers reusable ?
• No. Removing vinyl cut stickers will cause them to stretch and tear.
Do vinyl cut stickers wash off?
• No. Car washes and pressure washers are safe on stickers, but do take care when using high pressure hoses on the edges of the sticker.
Where can vinyl cut stickers be used?
• On any smooth & clean surface with limited curves.
• Large uneven Surfaces may require vinyl wrap which is can be expensive ant is a different process alltogether
Will the vinyl cut sticker fade over time?
• No. Vinyl is not printed, it is dyed and cannot fade however it will break down over time with prolonged exposure to the sun.
Will wax affect the vinyl cut sticker?
• No, but when applying the wax, apply it by hand and avoid using electric buffers.
Will the windscreen wipers affect vinyl cut stickers?
• Yes on Rear windows, Better not to use them.
Can you make multiple colour vinyl cut sticker?
• Yes, using layered vinyl colours, vinyl cut stickers can be made in multiple colours, however, this is considerably more expensive as there are more materials and labour involved.
Do you have colours other than what is listed on your site?
• Yes. we do not stock basic colors, but can get them in for an additional cost.
Are the vinyl cut stickers weather proof?
• Yes. vinyl cut stickers are not affected by rain, hail, snow, salt or hot and cold temperatures.
If I remove a vinyl cut stickers, will it damage my paint or clear coat?
• No. The vinyl cut sticker will actually protect the paintwork.
Do vinyl cut stickers affect window tint?
• No. Window tint is on the inside of the glass, vinyl cut stickers are on the outside. However, it is not recommend that you apply the vinyl cut sticker directly onto the tint if applying the vinyl cut sticker on the inside of the glass.
How do I remove bubbles after installation?
• Most bubbles will disappear within a few weeks, if there are any remaining, use a pin to pierce the bubbles and use your finger to press the air out.
Can I install vinyl cut stickers on fresh paint?
• It is recommended that paint is left for at least 1 month be applying vinyl cut stickers.
Can I clear coat over my vinyl cut stickers?
• No Need as most vinyl is Gloss unless can get in Flat Black and Flat White.


Vinyl is a good bit cheaper to do, hence the need to save my money.

Vinyl Cutout decal outlasts a painted name by quite a lot.

With vinyl you’ll also be able to change the hailing port if you ever relocate permanently but keep the boat.

You have to be careful when cleaning, waxing and compounding both.

Guess it depends if you what it to be more likely that when you sell the boat the new owner keeps the same name.

Paint fades unless you keep it polished often.

It easy to replace a letter if it gets scratched with vinyl.

Vinyl is final……..Once the paint starts to fade it looks awful. If you sell you boat but want to keep the name its much easier to remove the vinyl.

Vinyl – Better for resale as it comes off for any new owner. Ive said it before, if I didnt like the name of a boat and it was painted on I would look elsewhere. There is always another boat.

My opinion for what it’s worth is the vinyl looks far better than hand painted.

smooth edges no bleed out.

Most people choice Vinyl…

3 Reasons People Don’t Reply to Your Messages Anymore

Source: by gpointstudio/Shutterstock
I found this article and very interesting for Now Way of communication.
Gone are the days to call to a home phone phone or business premises with a land line.
OK, I exaggerated a bit: Some people return messages—quickly and informatively. But most do not.
This issue was crystallized for me in a recent offhand comment by a business colleague. We were discussing an issue of mutual interest, and she said—in reference to a third person involved in our transaction, “He’s a Millennial, so he’s probably not going to return my call, but I’m going to leave him a message anyway.”
The casualness with which she said it surprised me, and got me thinking and talking to others. There seems to be a marked rise from even a decade ago in terms of the regularity and predictability with which all kinds of messages are returned.
Where’s the sense of urgency? Call me a dinosaur, but I always felt that returning messages was important, a sign of reliability, a good thing in business. When I was in the corporate world, a mere three-and-a-half years ago, I always made it a point to return all messages—unless a message was completely off topic, such as a cold call peddling cat food—by the end of the day. I might have left just a very short voice mail or a brief email, but I still returned them. I viewed it as a responsibility. 
Today, there doesn’t seem to be the same sense of urgency. The situation is widespread, but it feels most acute among Millennials. For example, phone, mail, SMS messages are seldom listened to, emails may or may not be returned, a Facebook invitation might be accepted months after it’s offered, texts float unanswered in some sort of vast casual cyber void. While this isn’t solely a Millennial issue, it seems more concentrated there.
What’s going on? To try to make some sense of my observations, I spoke with a number of people, including some Millennials. Interestingly, no one really disagreed with me; on the other hand, no one seemed too disturbed about it either. 
Here are 3 reasons why people ignore messages:
1. There are too many different kinds of messages out there. Between texts, tweets, Facebook messages, LinkedIn emails, traditional e-mails, voice mails, and others, it’s easy for any single message to get lost in the shuffle.
2. People are too busy. Everybody’s rushing and multi-tasking, zipping from one activity to another with mobile devices glued to their ears and fingers—and in a generally frenetic environment it’s easy to have small things like messages slip through the cracks.
3. People are kind of lazy and they’d rather avoid the hard stuff. This may account for why increasing numbers of my harder-edged, shall we say, business messages go unanswered. Conflict is unpleasant, as is the notion someone might not be doing something all that well. So if there’s not a clear expectation that a definite answer is required (and sometimes even if there is) it’s easier and less stressful to ignore and forget it.
I always felt responding to messages was kind of the un-glamorous bricks and mortar of how business got done. Unexciting and tedious, but a necessity. I sometimes wonder what the longer-term business implications are for productivity in a world with diminished responsiveness.
Too easy to just don’t reply and this goes for both for personal and very bad for any business…