Saturday, 25 August 2012

Wrong Fuel In Your Car Scotland - Safety Comes First!

Hello everyone, Dave here again!

Hope you have been enjoying the somewhat changeable weather we have been having. Coat on, coat off, coat on, coat off… who knows what the weather's going to bring to us next!?

Bad weather doesn't help when working at the roadside but even when it's a nice day, working in this environment is still one of the most dangerous places to drain the wrong fuel from a car - we have had some hair raising moments (due to other drivers!).

In 1998 6 vehicle recovery workers were killed on motorways and hard shoulders so SURVIVE was created to establish a level of safety amongst vehicle breakdown and recovery operations.

AFS has achieved their PAS 43 accreditation and therefore we know how to set up our safe working zone correctly to protect us and our customers.

When a customer has accidentally put the wrong fuel in their car, we can typically be there for around an hour so safety needs to be implemented effectively.

We carry 3 different types of fire extinguishers on board and there's always a CO2 one on hand whenever we work on cases where the wrong fuel has been accidentally pumped into the car. Be prepared is always our motto!

All AFS staff obtain an ADR licence which covers us for driving vehicles that carry dangerous goods.  It is basically 5 days of complete hell!

Like going back to school really – lots of people sat around in a room being hit over the head with health and safety legislation again and again. However, we do learn a lot about how to protect ourselves, how to handle dangerous substances correctly and what to do in an emergency situation.

Another licence we need is the Safety Pass Alliance Petrol Passport. 

This focuses on petrol forecourts. Although this is another 2 days of having health and safety drilled into your skull, it really is imperative in our line of work. 
Most call outs where people accidentally put the wrong fuel in the car in Edinburgh are to petrol forecourts and the draining process needs to be carried out there. 

When you put petrol in a diesel car in Edinburgh, you shouldn’t start it and drive it away so we need to get to work immediately. Although there is no real safe place on a forecourt to work, some places are safer than others.

When you put the wrong fuel in your car in Scotland, we aim to get it out in the fastest, safest manner possible.

As we're always obsessed about the weather in Scotland, it can affect the number of people who accidentally put wrong fuel in their car. The hot weather can make people lethargic and prone to mistakes, whilst cold weather makes people rush to get back inside their warm cars – leading to mistakes putting the wrong fuel in the car in Scotland and across the UK.

This is where Accidental Fuelling Solutions comes to the rescue and safety is always at the heart of what we do – we are the reputable knights in shining armour, coming out to save you when you put petrol in a diesel car in Scotland.  But rest assured, not only will we try and be with you in under an hour and then drain the petrol in your diesel car in Edinburgh within 45 minutes but we are all fully trained. Safety is essential when you are dealing with dangerous substances and AFS take it very seriously.

So that's a little insight into our serious health and safety side! 

Catch you all later folks.

Dave Mc
Director (AFS24/7)

Friday, 10 August 2012

Home Alone: Golden Retriever With Hat & New Falkirk Mobile Fuel Drainage Service!

Welcome to another Accidental Fuelling solution blog post!

We've been busy, so busy that I've not been in the house for quite some time!

When removing fuel from cars and covering all of the Scottish Central belt from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and West Lothian can be quite an exhausting exercise but it's all worth it when you come home at the end of the week to see my loved ones... or so I thought!

Picture the scene, I come home, park the van in the drive, open the door (expecting a rapturous reception) but low and behold, no-one is there! Where are you I shout! I'm home!

No Mrs AFS247 and no Woody (my beloved man's best friend) - so what am I to do!!!

It turns out that Mrs Accidental Fuelling Solutions was away to her friends in Fife and Woody was away too - it must’ve been a special occasion cause Woody was wearing a hat!

Anyway, the night was probably what the Dr ordered as I was completely shattered with all the mobile fuel draining from cars I was doing in Scotland and around Perth through the week.

I'm not complaining about anything all the same as I'm pleased the mobile fuel drainage business in Scotland is doing so well and I'm still managing to help quite a lot of folks get back on the road.

So well in fact that we've started to look at expanding the mobile fuel drainage business into Falkirk - one of the most populated towns within the central belt so that I can help people that have put the wrong fuel in their car in Falkirk.

I know there could be some unfortunate drivers in Falkirk so hopefully Accidental Fuelling Solutions in Falkirk could help them out.

So if anyone needs our help in Falkirk, just get in touch and we'll be there as quick as possible!

So, back to the story I forgot I was telling you about...

...that's right, my Mrs and Woody my Golden Retriever leaving me for a fancy night out in Fife at Mrs AFS247 friends house; needless to say by the time they got home, I had fallen asleep on the couch watching the Olympics....

.... then woke up to get back on the road again! What a Friday night!

Take care folks, speak soon!

Dave McGowan

Accidental Fuelling Solutions Director

Monday, 16 July 2012

I would drive 1000 miles and I would drive 100 more!

Hi folks,

Dave here, just thought I'd write a wee update to the AFS247 blog just to give an update on life, love and of course Accidental Fuelling Solutions!

Well lets start on life; life has been really good recently with regards to how busy both myself and the business has been in Scotland. 

Last week I actually did 1000 miles plus traveling all around Edinburgh, the Central Belt of Scotland and into our new patch Glasgow. In no way am I complaining! In those 1000 plus miles I managed to help unlucky drivers get back on the road - safely, with the proper fuel in their car and fortunately no damage done to their car engine - which was great!

My friends and family sometimes ask "how can you possibly do that many miles in a week?" I always say to them. "My job is a lot different from the normal 9-5 shift that  you all have!" The one things that's different is that we are truly a 247 (twenty four seven) every day of the year service and we are constantly on call to help anyone that has put the wrong fuel in their car in Scotland.

Now onto the love part now... I sometimes hear folks saying that the hate their job - I felt like that a while ago - this spurred me on to start my own mobile fuel drain business in Scotland, and life is a lot rosier. 

Before starting the business, I noticed other companies (that are in the same field as Accidental Fuelling Solutions) were doing things a wee bit different from what we do - we aim to try and do things the right way with the driver and customer at the heart of the service.

The most important qualities Accidental Fuelling Solutions trade on is that we have to be dependable, reliable and be friendly towards any potential customer - we understand that accidents do happen!

Hopefully the love we put into the business is reflected in our service and passed on to all the unfortunate drivers we meet that accidentally misfuell their car. Check out what some of our previous customers have said about Accidental Fuelling Solutions and hopefully the love has shone through. 

Well now the life and love part is over, this brings me onto the Accidental Fuelling Solutions part of the blog... oh I forgot, I just spoke about all of that! My other half will be wondering why I didn't speak about her in the life and love bit!

Ah well, when you're clocking up 1000 mile plus a week, it's good to have a misses that understands! 

All the best folks and be safe out there!

Dave Director and 1000 mile + clocker (AFS247)

P.S. It was the Proclaimers that sang that song!.....

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

A thunderbolt flying through the Glasgow sky!

Picture the scene, I wake up 5 am eyes wide open - a thought entered my mind like a thunderbolt flying through the sky (with the correct fuel on board) - Accidental Fuelling Solutions ( WILL help drivers in Glasgow when they put the wrong fuel in their car! We will provide mobile fuel drainage in Glasgow! If you are saying "I've filled up my car with the wrong petrol in Glasgow" then we can now help you!!!

After much consideration and thought and after a really successful year in terms of the drivers we've helped get back on the road, we decided to grow our business and offer our full service to all van, bus, bike and car drivers in the Glasgow area. Putting the wrong fuel in your car (in Glasgow or anywhere else) can be a pain but don't let it stop you get back on the Glasgow roads - just contact us and we'll help.

To kick-start the new part of our wrong fuel Glasgow business, I asked my man with the digital savvy to create a new web page that just concentrates on the unique Mobile Fuel Drainage service in Glasgow. The new part of the site explains what is different about our service and tries to re-assure Glasgow drivers that everything will be okay. I said, "Fraser, I want all the Glasgow folks (that fill up their car with the wrong fuel) to know about our new fantastic service we offer!" Please see the results here.

When we thought of the new Glasgow misfuelling service, we wanted to make sure that we could offer the same quality/reliable service (that we have provided to all the other van and car drivers in the East) to all the folks and misfuellers Glasgow.

To do this required good planning, investment, some drive and determination and the ability to gain knowledge from our past experiences and to make sure our service is more robust for all drivers that put petrol into their diesel car in Glasgow.
So, If you have filled up your car with diesel and you live in Glasgow, fear not, Accidental Fuelling Solutions will visit you quickly and drain the petrol or diesel from your car at your Glasgow house, garage, forecourt or even if you are by the side of the road!

We are on standby 24/7 (as the name suggests) to help all car drivers that have accidentally put the wrong fuel in their tank in Glasgow.

We hope you don't accidentally misfuel your car, but if you do and you live in Glasgow, then contact us now - we'll be happy to help you get on the road fast!

Catch you all later!

Dave Mc
Director (AFS24/7)

Friday, 15 June 2012

Now serving Glasgow and the West of Scotland!

We've recently updated the AFS247 homepage to reflect the new Glasgow and the West of Scotland mobile fuel drain service that we are now offering.

Although Accidental Fuelling Solutions is based in Edinburgh Scotland, we also provide a great service to all our friends in the west!

So if you've filled up the with the wrong fuel in Glasgow, Lanarkshire or anywhere in the west, get in touch with us!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Welcome to our new blog!

Welcome to the new Accidental Fuelling Solutions blog written by me - Dave McGowan, owner and Director of Accidental Fuelling Solutions.

The aim of this blog is to give all the folks out there an idea of what it is we do and how we can hopefully help if you have put the wrong fuel in your car in Scotland.

Here's hoping we can give you an insight into what we've done, are currently working on and what ideas we have for the future.