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Inside the Industry: After Market or OEM?

When choosing a new accessory for an ATV or motorcycle (bike), a consumer will base their decision on several areas: their reason for needing a new accessory, the price, and how well the item works or looks. The first way a consumer can narrow down their decision: OEM or after-market. OEM is a part or accessory that is manufactured by the original make of the bike, i.e., a saddlebag for a Suzuki C50 that is made by Suzuki. After-market is an accessory or part made by a company that specializes in accessories, but didn’t make the original bike, i.e., HMF Exhausts, Pro Armor, etc. There is no clear cut answer of whether to choose OEM or after-market.

The best choice is first affected by the consumer: Do I want something cheaper? Do I want an accessory that is uniform in looks? Do I want the best performing accessory on the market? The factors into all these questions will differ depending on the bike, on the accessory being looked for, etc. Too often, most consumers assume either a) After-markets are always cheaper and better quality than OEM or b) OEM always looks the best and has the best fitment. Its really not that black and white.

To best guide you, the consumer, to finding the best accessory for a bike, I will present guidelines to my own research, first for a 1982 Honda CM250C, second with a 2009 Ninja 250R, and third for a 2003 Suzuki LTZ-400. To also clarify, for this article, an accessory is defined as an optional addition to a bike, such as a saddlebag, armor, or an upgraded part, such as an exhaust. A part is an original component of the bike, such as the engine, the speedometer, etc. At the end of the article, I will talk about buying parts.

1982 Honda CM250C Research

I chose this bike because it represents the population that has an older bike that isn’t too common. The challenges presented with having a rare, older bike is that choices are very limited, both in OEM and after-market parts. To give you an idea of how quick the manufacturer discontinues accessories for a bike, if I open either a Kawasaki or Suzuki 2006 catalog, most of those accessories have been discontinued today, in 2010. About 10% remain. There may be some accessories available that are OEM, but they are more likely to be used.

To start my research, I am first going to narrow down the brand names. Lets say I am going to be looking for a backrest for my 1982 CM250C. I recommend searching on three fronts: a dealership website for OEM, Google, and eBay.

If I start at Honda’s powersport website, I find the years only go back to 2005. So going straight to the manufacturer won’t work. However, the manufacturer website most likely will have a directory of its dealerships, which is what we want to find. Once I’ve found a dealership that has a website with accessories on it (its best if they have a series of catalogs, such as a 50below hosting), I starting searching for accessories for my bike – Nothing. But I’m not surprised. So for this bike, I can be assured I won’t be finding any new OEM accessories.

The next step is a general search. I recommend Google, though if you did find some online after-market catalogs, such as Tucker Rocky: Street, or KK Cycles, that can work real well too. Under Google search, I used the terms “82 CM250C back rest.” I can also interchange 82 with 83 (both years are almost the exact same), or interchange backrest with sissy bar or passenger seat. I didn’t include Honda at first, because from inside the industry, I’ve noticed when retailers have a limitation on their titles for products, they will disclude the make name first. Unfortunately, I only have found one link, and that is for a used backrest on eBay, which I’m not quite ready for yet. I set that aside, and check some of the catalogs I have found. Two popular catalogs for motorcycles are Parts Unlimited Street and Tucker Rocky Street, but neither have anything for my bike.

At this point, it looks like I’m going to be stuck checking eBay, which only narrows it down to one used backrest. If the listing has a part number, I can start e-mailing various vendors to see if they have it in stock and try to get a lower price. Lesson learned: Sometimes you have no choice.

2009 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Research

I chose the 2009 Ninja 250R for two reasons: First, its hugely popular; second, it has a narrow fitment; and third, its recent. I have a black 2009 Ninja 250R, and I want to change up the graphics for it, perhaps a decal kit.

The first step, again, is to try to narrow down brand names, and first is to check a dealership. Again, try to find catalogs on dealership websites! I have found a 2010 Kawasaki catalog, and it presents me with five Tribal/Flame decal kits with various color combos, each for 59.95 retail, as well as part numbers for each. Now I have my first choice, which is OEM.

The second step is to find after-market brands, and for this, I will try a Tucker Rocky Street 2010 catalog. The first thing I find is an assortment of universal fit graphics, organized by size. They range between 4.99 and 24.95, and mostly feature dragons, skulls or half-naked women. I will have to put this off for now – I will need to first take measurements around my bike and figure up a design. I also note the brand name: Lethal Threat, as well as any part numbers. As I keep looking, I find a lot of universal fits, but nothing quite as cool. I also find some neat decals that fit ZX-6 and ZX-14s. As a quick note, if you’re including a possibility of modification, its best to find a retailer that sells the item and ask them for measurements and what the item is made of), and make a game plan of how possible it is to modify the item – remember, very very few sellers will accept a returned item that has been mauled. I also find some interesting items that aren’t quite decals: Clutch Reservoir Covers. This can provide a nice addition, but for today, I am going to leave it aside.

The last check is eBay to see if there’s any used items. First I find a vendor who custom makes his own graphic kits. For 18 pieces and to fully the dress the bike, its 65.00. After changing my search terms to “Ninja 250R Graphic,” “Ninja 250R Decal,” and adding 2009 in there, I don’t find much else other than brand decals. So I’ve narrowed down my choices:

OEM Tribal Flame Decals for 59.95 Retail, which would give my bike a uniform look that will also be guaranteed to fit very well. Its a lot of money for a small kit, however, but it does look nice. Further questions to ask on this to a seller would be what the decals are made of – are they just simple stickers, are they vinyl, are they thicker? Also, try to haggle a price down. 59.95 is a retail price, and its not unreasonable to try to get 5-10% taken off of that.

Lethal Threat Generic Decals, from 4.99 to 24.95. The price of these can rack up, but I do have the nice option to pick and choose, putting a look together that is just for me and to my liking. I will have to figure out fitment myself, however. If I choose this option and I decide to buy quite a few, I should see if I can get them all from the same seller and for combined shipping, and maybe again, a 5-10% discount since I’m buying in bulk.

Custom Made Kit for 65.00. Unfortunately I’ll have to trust the seller that he knows what hes doing – this a good time to check feedback for the item. However, I’ll have a wide arrange of colors to choose from and its a large kit which is worth the money. Lesson Learned: In this instance, OEM is more expensive, but has a better guarantee of fitment and quality. After-market may be cheaper, but offers a more customized experience.

2003 Suzuki LT Z400

I chose this ATV as well for two reasons: Its still recent, and its fitment is wider than you might think. There are some bikes and ATVs out there that are almost extremely similar to each other. The KFX 400, DVX 400, and LT Z400 are typically the exact same, from body to engine. To find information like this, its best to check fan forums for your bike to see if anyone else has discovered this, or to see if a seller or dealer might let you in. For this bike, I am going to be looking for some armor.

The first place is to check for OEMs. This time, I have three OEM companies to check: Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Arctic Cat. Kawasaki has nothing, but both Arctic Cat and Suzuki have a skid plates available. Suzuki has an A-Arm Guard Set, a Main Skid Plate and a Swing Arm Skid Plate. Arctic Cat offers an entire skid plate kit for 199.95 Retail, and gives details that its made of 8-gauge 5052 aluminum.

Next I check Tucker Rocky ATV 2011. I find a lot of brand names: AC Racing, Cobra, & Pro Armor, all with various items and combinations.

And lastly, on eBay, I actually find the same brands, but of course, lower prices.

At this point, a new type of research is needed: All sorts of material terms are coming up; various types of aluminum for example. A Google search can find which is the best quality. Another way to find what is the best quality is to visit some powersports forums and see what other customers prefer as their skid plates.

In the end, I found that although Pro Armor wasn’t the cheapest, they seemed to have the most recommendations. Sometimes you’ll find the best quality is from a company that has engineers and designers that specialize in one area. If you consider it, Arctic Cat, Suzuki and Kawasaki have accessories to design and manufacture in all areas: seats, graphics, etc., and have to split up their creativity and engineering. Especially in armor and performance, finding a company that specializes on that accessory is the best way to go.

Summary

No matter how you structure your search, remember these guidelines: 

  • Research; make lists, research your research. Go until you find the best deal or the best quality. If there’s a term you don’t understand, find out!
  • Ask sellers and dealers: Don’t be afraid to get a hold of dealers or sellers. They may not always have the information, but they can at least guide you somewhere where you can get the information.
  • Hold on to part numbers: It makes research very quick, especially when asking a dealer about an item. Also, many catalog search engines will accept a part number.
  • Bookmark your favorite sites and catalogs. You may spend the most time just trying to find your resources. Once you do, hold on to them, it may save you time when you look for your next accessory.
  • Haggle. If you’re buying online, the best way to haggle in my experience is to call a dealer. 5-10% is usually a reasonable discount.
  • Take time to decide. If you’re overwhelmed by information, come back to it tomorrow. Most accessories are hundreds of dollars, and even more time installing the accessory. Make a decision you won’t regret.
  • Ask for photos: Often sellers have stock photos. If you’re looking on Ebay and have doubts, ask for an actual photo.
  • Look for installation instructions: Many brands publish some of their installation instructions online. This is a great resource to see what hardware and tools you’ll need, how tough the installation will be, and also get a decent idea of the item’s quality.

Another Note

Throughout this article, I bring up a lot of catalogs. All of those mentioned can be found on my website of Leesons’ Arctic Cat. I invite consumers to use that as a research – it doesn’t mean you have to buy from me. And if you’re having a hard time finding something, My co-workers and I are often willing to help.

Who To Trust For Mobile Truck Repairs In Winnipeg

Owning a private fleet of heavy trucks or just the driver of your own company truck can be a great business till your truck breaks down on the side of the highway. You will get some tips in this article even if you don’t live in Winnipeg.

Most shops for heavy truck repairs are located on or around route 90 on the north western corner of the city. RamWinn Inc. is our choice to call for mobile truck repairs around Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba, offering towing, and a multiple bay shop also. Just ask for Phil by calling 204-272-3954, but first please read the following safety tips and self remedies.

Make sure you are safe when getting out of your truck on a highway or in the city, wear a reflective vest and place flares on the road according to your training as a professional driver before gathering details about the breakdown for your local shop.

If you are in an emergency situation involving injuries, fire, diesel spill, or some other dangerous situation like a trailer in the ditch hauling dangerous goods call 911 and notify the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service.

There are many other shops offering mobile services in Winnipeg depending on where you break down so if our recommended shop is too far just go to TruckDown.com which is a useful national directory. Even in a major snow storm which Manitoba is prone for you can expect not a very long wait from even the furthest shop in the city.

Tips On Buying A Steering Wheel and Cover

Pretty much everything on your vehicle can be replaced with original OEM or customized aftermarket accessories to help upgrade its performance or overall style. One of the simplest things you can do is to replace your stock steering wheel by considering buying a steering wheel, from aftermarket retailers, to give your car a stylish sportier look as well as better handling.

Some important tips to consider when shopping around to buy steering wheels from various suppliers are:

1) Make sure you are buying the correct sized wheel by taking the time to measure your current one. There are many sizes and shapes of aftermarket steering wheels on the market so if you are unsure you can ask the seller before deciding on a purchase.

2) The new wheel needs to be just the right size, which is comfortable for you without restricting your view of the dashboard or instrument panel.

3) When searching to buy steering wheel from a particular online store you have many choices. You can buy from regular retailers or even wholesalers who are trying to unload excess inventory or older models. The deals you will obtain are much greater than that of regular local stores and the selection of different styles and colors are more plentiful since floor display space is not an issue.

4) Determining the specific style to buy really depends on your own preference and taste. You can easily match the interior or look of your vehicle with 3-4 spoke steering wheels, multiple colors, boomerang or ultratech style wheels or even professional Formula 1/GT style racing performance steering wheels just to name a few.

5) Next on the list is choosing the type of finish you want. Some popular examples are vinyl, wood, leather and even carbon fiber steering wheels. Choosing the right type can add a stylish and elegant touch to the interior of your car.

6) Last but not least, after checking to see if it is the right size to make sure it is actually comfortable to the grip, since you will be using it to drive for long distances, to ensure safety on the road.

After choosing the correct one to buy you now need to think of protecting your new investment. There are a multitude of choices when searching to buy a steering wheel cover. The cost and manufactured quality of these particular covers ranges greatly but it should be no problem to find one at the price range you can afford.

Useful tips to know when searching to buy a steering cover are:

1) Be very wary of the total cost. It is not impossible to discover steering wheel covers that cost as little as five dollars but can be as much as fifty dollars. This is one time where you get what you pay for since the price of the item really helps in determining the actual quality of the goods.

2) Make sure to accurately measure the total diameter of your steering wheel and the circumference around the grip. This information is vital in deciding the correct wheel cover to purchase. If you are not sure, another choice would be to simply provide the year, model and make of your vehicle to the seller so that they can check their charts to determine the proper dimensions for you.

3) Next comes the type of material you would like. Steering wheel covers come in leather, wool, sheep skin, terry cloth, cloth, and vinyl. If leather is your choice then you need to be aware of the quality. Top grain leather, which is actually the top of the hide where the hair grows, is smooth to the touch. One step below, in types of quality materials, is known as splits or suede’s. The finish of these grains is rough but manufacturers will usually buff and apply plasticides on the grain to make them appear to be top quality. However, this particular material does not have the same feel and texture as that of top grain leather. You can expect to pay about thirteen to fifteen dollars for lower grain leather and anywhere from forty to fifty dollars for top grain leather.

4) Bear in mind the consideration of the ease of installing the cover and how it fits on the wheel itself. Your goal is to have a nice snug fit without it being too tight. Many covers are designed to easily slip on or stretch over the entire rim of the steering wheel while others are designed to be sewn right onto the wheel itself. Lacing cord and needle are usually provided with leather covers that have pre-punched holes in them already. All you have to do is stitch the cover to the wheel to make sure there is a snug fit.

5) Now we come to choosing the color. Despite the fact that most people who buy steering wheel covers choose plain old black, many manufacturers offer a wide range of colors to match all types of vehicle interiors. Be daring and choose a different color that matches your personality.

6) The grip of the steering wheel cover is also an important factor to consider. Some companies provide varying thicknesses of grips. One example would be a cushion grip wheel cover where it is designed to help reduce driving fatigue for the driver. The molded design features ergonomic thumb pads and finger grips to increase driver comfort. These types of covers are available in a number of grips from regular to extra-thick.

Now that you know what to look for when considering to buy steering wheel or buy steering wheel covers take a moment to browse through the wide selection available in our directory. When searching to buy steering wheels you will find that we have done all the leg work for you and provided reliable sellers who sell at rock bottom prices.

ODC Trailers Leasing

ODC Trailer leasing is a specialized business. Not every one wants a trailer that is rated for four hundred tones. The requirement is specialized and the equipment availability is also required to be considered in big projects.

Big Projects Require Leasing of Big Trailers

If you have ever been to a construction site of a big power plant or a nitrogenous fertilizer plant you will be able to see very big trailers. These trailers are required to handle ODC (over dimensioned consignments) packages. These can be reactors of fertilizer plants extending to more than 100 meters, or the power plant generators of weight more than 400 to 650 tons (imagine a single piece of equipment weighing more than 1.5 million pounds)

Transportation of ODC requires Leased Trailers

These trailers are not available with every transporter. These trailers are to be leased from specialized truck leasing companies and contracts are require to be made years in advance. If you do not plan the transportation of ODC material your project costing more than a billion dollars can be delayed and you will be required to pay a large amount. Very few construction companies in the world can afford to have these trailers on their asset list. So they have to be leased and leased in advance.

ODC Trailers require Special Handling

These trailers leased to the construction companies for years together require special handling and are damp leased. The crew cannot afford to get away from the leased trailer. The fueling arrangements of these leased trailers are also special. The trailer cannot go to the filling station. The filling station has to come to the trailer. The crew operating the trailer also looks after the maintenance of the leased trailer

Driving Arrangement of ODC Trailers

Most of the trailers are pulled fro the front of the trailer and the pulling force is generally sufficient. Where the slope of ground requires pushing from behind a separate driving head has to accompany each trailer so as to be able to push the trailer from behind. The front and rear driving heads come as a combined unit and the company leasing these equipments does not generally have a choice. Most of the time, the trailer is leased for the entire duration of the project, and kept at site for 2 to 3 years depending upon the duration of the project.

Insurance of Leased Trailers

The insurance of the trailers and the associated paraphernalia of leased trailer is the responsibility of the construction company and the insurance of crew is also included in the package of leased trailer.

Lessee Holds All Aces In ODC trailer Leasing

Thus when it comes to leasing of trailers for handling of ODC packages it is all for the construction company to cater to the whims of the leasing company. The construction company normally does not have a choice as its future depends on the lessee providing the equipment at the right time and at the right place. Any delay in providing the equipment can mar the success of project.

In other words if you happen to be the owner of an ODC trailer, you can dictate terms worldwide. There is no competition in this field worldwide and very few firms lease this kind of trailers.

10 Advantages of Having a Car and Driving Licence

From your personal life to your career, having a driving licence and car could be of huge benefit. Here are 10 reasons why you may want to find driving schools in your town or city.

1. Do you live with your parents? If so, you may want to take your test and get a car to gain a bit of independence for the first time.

2. Do you have small children? Taking them to school may be a stressful experience without a car. By getting your licence, the process will be much easier and less time-consuming.

3. Do you have older children? As kids grow up, they want to spend more and more time out with friends. While this is normal, being able to collect them wherever they are will provide you with a great deal of peace of mind.

4. Is your life dictated by a bus or train timetable? The convenience of being able to go wherever you want at the times you want to go there is not to be overlooked.

5. How well do you know the country you live in? Without a car, exploring the great many sights and experiences the UK has to offer becomes a lot more difficult.

6. Do you have to use taxis or public transport when grocery shopping? Not only is it inconvenient, it can also be a difficult and expensive process. Having your own car could make a world of difference to you.

7. Are your career prospects limited by not having a licence? Many jobs require you to be able to drive, so you could expand on your opportunities with a licence.

8. Are you only able to work where the trains or buses travel to? By having your own car, you will be able to work anywhere that’s within a sensible driving distance.

9. Do you have a partner who doesn’t live with you? If so, it can be difficult getting to see them as often as you’d like without a car.

10. Do you have elderly or sick relatives who require care and attention? By having a car, you’ll be able to visit them more often and run any errands they need doing.

Tremec TKO Transmissions Part 4 – How to Choose the Right One

So you have decided the advantages that the TKO five speed provides are worth the expense and effort. Now, the question is which one is the best match for your car? Do you want the extra deep first gear in the TKO-500, or would the closer gear spacing of the TKO-600 be a better match for your combination? Should you opt for the 0.82 overdrive ratio in the TKO-600 instead of the 0.64? If you have a Ford, which input shaft do you need?

The first determining factor when choosing a TKO is going to be your engine’s power output. Keep in mind that transmissions are rated for torque, not horsepower. The peak horsepower number doesn’t really matter much, it is torque that breaks things! The TKO-500 is rated for 500 lb.-ft. of torque, and the TKO-600 is rated at 600 lb.-ft. Even though both TKOs will stand up to considerably more torque than they are rated for, you still need to keep the torque capacity rating in mind.

The second thing you need to consider is your rear axle ratio. The general rule of thumb, with exceptions, is anything with a rear gear in the high twos or low threes (2.73, 3.08, 3.23, 3.36, etc.) will be a good candidate for the TKO-500. The low 3.27:1 first gear in the TKO-500 will give you much better off the line acceleration than a typical four speed, and help compensate for the “highway gear” in the rear axle. Anything with an axle ratio in the high threes and up (3.73, 3.90, 4.10, 4.30, 4.56, etc.) would be better suited to the TKO-600. With a rear axle ratio of 3.73:1 or higher (numerically), your car doesn’t need as much “help” off the line as the numerically lower axle ratios do, and the slightly taller overdrive of the TKO-600 with the 0.64 fifth gear will lower your highway RPM a little bit more than the 0.68:1 that is in the TKO-500. If you have an axle ratio in the mid-threes, (3.42, 3.50, 3.55 you could go with either one, and the right choice will depend on the third and fourth factors.

The third factor you need to look at is your rear tire size. If you have a really tall rear tire, the reduction in effective gear ratio that the tire provides needs to be taken into account. A tire that is 26-27″ tall is considered fairly normal for a muscle car. If you are running 30″ tall Mickey Thompsons, however, your tire height will make a 3.73:1 rear axle ratio perform more like a 3.25:1 axle ratio would with a 26″ tall tire!

The fourth thing to consider is your engine’s temperament, along with your driving habits. Do you have a relatively mild engine that is happy when cruising at 2000 RPM, or is your engine more high-strung and doesn’t really start to run cleanly until you hit 2800 RPM? Do you frequently drive long distances on the interstate at 75 MPH, or do you stick to secondary roads where you rarely go more than 60 MPH? It is very possible to get too much overdrive, and end up with a car that you can’t put into fifth gear unless you are running at least 80 MPH because at lower speeds the overdrive drops your engine RPM too much. That is when the TKO-600 with the 0.82 overdrive may be the best choice. Many people who participate in road racing prefer the TKO-600 with the 0.82 overdrive, because it keeps their engine in its powerband on a road course in fifth gear, and the 0.64:1 ratio would drop their RPM too low.

The last question to answer only applies to Ford owners. There are four different input shaft patterns available for the TKO in a Ford: 10 spline and 26 spline, short or long. The TKO-500 is available with either a 10-spline Ford pattern input shaft or a 26-spline GM pattern input shaft. The TKO-600 is only available with the stronger 26-spline GM pattern. For the input shaft length, basically you need to know what size and year engine you have, and what depth your bellhousing is. Ford has used several different bellhousing depths over the years, and there are more variations than I have room to get into here. Most Tremec distributors can help you determine what input shaft you need if you have the above information.

When choosing a TKO that is right for your car, you need to consider your engine’s torque output, your rear axle ratio, your tire size, your engine’s temperament, and your normal cruising speed. If you have a Ford, you will need to know the engine size and year, as well as the bellhousing depth. Once you understand how all these work together, you are ready to choose the transmission that suits your needs the best. For more information on TKO specifications, options, and the benefits of an overdrive, take a look at my other articles in this series.

Make Sure Your Windshield Repair is the Best Possible

Driver’s Ed classes have long been famous for images of windshields with passenger and driver sticking out of them at wrong angles. In those cases, windshield repair is fairly irrelevant, but just as it is important to practice defensive driving – and wear a seatbelt to keep yourself intact – making sure that you do the best to avoid repeated auto glass repairs is vital too.

Repairs Should Be Done As Soon As Possible

The exact items covered before they let us take our driving tests vary between states and organizations, and of course, no one has the time or budget to teach everything, but far too many important things get left behind in the rush to drill in rules and regulations. Proper vehicle maintenance often gets short shrift, and care of your car glass even less.

Any time you drive, you probably see several cars with plastic or cardboard where a piece of car glass should be. It’s true that even the best auto glass specialist can’t always get to you immediately – if your vehicle is old or specialized or both, there may be cross-country shipping involved – but so many things are at risk when you put off repairs.

Consider It See-Through Security

Not only is a car with a broken window that much more tempting to a thief, but wind, weather, insects, and noise get in too. You never really appreciate how important your auto glass is until it isn’t there.

This applies even more directly to windshield repair. For starters, this is the one piece of glass you can’t cover with plastic and keep driving – at least not without getting into an accident or arrested while having an accident. It is your most important piece of glass as far as visibility, security, and structural integrity.

The windshield keeps you in the car. It’s not fun to whack your face against the glass in an accident, but when you consider the physics of even a fairly slow speed crash, without your windshield, it would be far worse.

Little Problems Get Bigger

Just because it’s easy to ignore chips in your windshield doesn’t mean you should. Chips grow into cracks. Believe it or not, the same thing applies to scratches; they may start out small, but with time and pressure, they will grow into a much bigger problem.

While not a lot of car windshields last long enough without getting broken to be sufficiently scratched to impair vision, it can happen. We all know how annoying the reflections of sunlight off the road or the dash can be and how they impact safe driving. Imagine that compounded by dozens of tiny scores all over. That is an accident waiting to happen.

Most car insurance allows for replacing your auto glass simply because you’re having a hard time seeing out of it, meaning that your windshield repair shouldn’t cost you that much out of pocket.

Furthermore, any good auto glass repair company offers mobile windshield replacement, meaning that they will come to you. So, whether the little chip is now a crack across your field of vision, or scratches are ganging up on you, the cost is minimal compared to the risk of not getting it done.

The Importance of Ambulance Services in Society

Certain situations in life require immediate medical care and a fraction of a second delay can drastically change somebody’s life. The ambulance service and paramedics are very important in society as they save hundreds of lives daily by responding to emergency calls. They operate from ambulance stations located in various areas with control centres that respond to emergency calls and dispatch them when needed. Whether the patient is in rural retreats, busy seaside resorts or large urban conurbations, they reach the emergency scene within minutes of the call.

The emergency ambulance service crew includes a technician and a paramedic. Once the paramedics arrive at the emergency scene they evaluate the situation and the condition of the casualty and decide whether to take them to the hospital or just treat them there. One of the important roles of the ambulance crew is to stabilize and treat patients quickly to prevent any mishap before the patient reaches the hospital.

They provide immediate and effective life-saving care in a safe and clinical working environment with maximum mobility. They are well trained in first aid skills to be able to deal with profuse bleeding, crush and fall injuries, cardiac arrests, road accidents, and much more.

During earlier times they were used to transport patients after the doctor or fire department rescue squad applied simple first aid. Mostly the patient would ride alone however, in some cases the doctor rode along in the ambulance. Today, ambulances come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes equipped with a huge range of essential pre-hospital emergency machines including heart defibrillators, intravenous drips, splints, oxygen, drugs and much more. All ambulances have radios installed in them. Many times ambulances also transport non-emergency patients that might be transferring to another hospital or treatment centre.

In some cases patients may be transported in an air ambulance which is basically an aircraft specially designed for providing emergency medical assistance in critical medical situations. An air ambulance is used when the patient has to be transported over a long distance or terrain or if the patient has to be quickly transported to a treatment centre. Air ambulances are equipped with basic equipment like ECG monitors, ventilators, medication and stretchers.

For more information regarding ambulance services in the UK refer to SearchMe4 online business directory.