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UK Holidaymakers Begin Staycation Boom

UK Holidaymakers Begin Staycation Boom

The fourth of July weekend, just gone, saw English holidaymakers bring back the ‘staycation’.  While there are no official statistics as of yet, the weekend just gone saw the beginning of the predicted boom in staycations, with our roads busier than ever.  As announced by the government last month (June 23 2020) beauty spots, hotels and campsites re-opened across England on Saturday, July 4th 2020. At the same time, travel restrictions were eased to allow for up to two households to travel and stay together overnight in self-contained... Read full article

Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced

Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced

Road users, including those who drive a car, motorcycle or van, were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing back in March 2020, following the UK lockdown. The initial aim was to reduce travel and slow the spread of coronavirus. However, with the UK government’s ‘withdrawal plan’ moving forward and restrictions being eased, this exemption has now been revoked. The government's website states that “when safe to do so”, any road user whose vehicle is due for an MOT test from August 1st 2020 onwards must obtain a test certificate in... Read full article

Is ‘range anxiety’ a thing of the past?

Is ‘range anxiety’ a thing of the past?

​ Do you wake up in the middle of the night after having a nightmare about driving your new electric vehicle (EV) and then running out of power before finding a charging point?  You’re not alone, in fact, there is even a term for it, called ‘range anxiety’. Some people are anxious about not finding a charging point in time and others may be concerned about whether they can find charging locations on their route? The answer to these types of questions is that the UK charging infrastructure is rapidly expanding providing plenty of places for EV... Read full article

Maintaining Your Vehicle in Good Order

Maintaining Your Vehicle in Good Order

With the recent strict ‘stay at home' message in place, many of you haven't been using your vehicle. However, it is very important to still look after your car and keep it in good condition, even if you’re not using it. We have put together a short guide to help make your car fully functional when the time comes when you are using it again. Battery The car’s battery is your car’s main component that you will need to look after the most when leaving your vehicle idle for long periods of time. Firstly, for petrol and diesel vehicles... Read full article

The Age of The Driverless Car Approaches

The Age of The Driverless Car Approaches

​You may be thinking what car you would like to be driving in the future but the question you should perhaps be asking is what car will be driving you in the future? A specially modified version of the Nissan Leaf embarked on the longest trip ever undertaken by a driverless car in the UK. Starting in Bedfordshire and finishing in Sunderland, this car of the future only needed the driver to take control when using motorway services to get charged. So, are we heading into the age of autonomous driving? The Nissan Leaf not only conquered our motorways but also successfully... Read full article

You, Your Passenger and How to Avoid Carguments

You, Your Passenger and How to Avoid Carguments

​ Your car can be your personal haven, a space where it’s just you and your thoughts. However, when a passenger joins you, all that can go flying out the window. Suddenly, your driving habits are being analysed and questioned, your navigational ability mocked and it’s all your fault that you’re running late. All this could lead to what is being called a ‘cargument’. For some of us, driving with a passenger can be fun, alleviating the possible boredom of sitting in traffic but the AA found that 56% of drivers found themselves fighting... Read full article

The Bleak Picture of the Car Industry

The Bleak Picture of the Car Industry

The latest sales figures of the car industry may appear positive however, under closer scrutiny, they are not so promising. Findings from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), show a fall of 21.8% in diesel new car sales and in contrast, hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) sales have increased 17.1% and battery electric vehicles (BEV) has also risen by 144%. However, are these figures misleading?   Despite the strong growth of BEV vehicles, they only have a 1.6% volume market share, some way off the Government’s target of 50-70% by 2030. The fall... Read full article

Driving Home the Issue of Stress

Driving Home the Issue of Stress

We all have our frustrating moments behind the wheel but do some people go too far? The RAC found that 36% of motorists are most concerned about some form of illegal, anti-social or dangerous behaviour on the part of other drivers. They suggest that these levels of irresponsible actions are the highest they have ever been. If the standards are getting worse can we change the way we drive to make us and others safer? Firstly, what’s causing motorists to be concerned about other road users? In the RAC research, 30% of drivers said they had witnessed physical abuse... Read full article

The Evolution of Advanced Fuels

The Evolution of Advanced Fuels

Dramatic climate events are taking place around the globe with bushfires in Australia and heavy flooding in East Africa and Indonesia. Occurrences like these are causing the car industry to adapt and change to better serve our environment. One way which the government hopes to reduce the CO2 emissions in the industry is by producing advanced low carbon fuels. The government is funding two schemes in this area, Future Fuels for Flight and Freight competition (F4C) and Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition (ABDC). The F4C is providing funding to projects with the... Read full article

The Menace of Speedhumps and Potholes

The Menace of Speedhumps and Potholes

With the recent downpours up and down the country, potholes are on the rise but it’s not just them causing damage to our cars, it’s also speedhumps. Research by InsuretheGap has found that one in four drivers have had their car damaged by a pothole or a speedhump. The figure was even higher in urban areas with one in three suffering damage. With such a large number of vehicles being damaged by hazardous road conditions, more should be done to maintain our streets. However, with the 39% of drivers complaining about damage to their vehicles, a staggering 55%... Read full article

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