Wednesday, 15 November 2017

What level of training do you really need to drive a car?


Driving - it’s easy, right? You just push the button, take off the brake and go. Yeah, that makes sense - when you’ve been driving for years! Of course, in reality, there are about a dozen extra steps you’ve missed out with that simple description of how to handle a vehicle. When you’ve driven a car a few times, things start to become natural, easy, and even automatic. So how much training do you really need to drive a car?

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Here are 6 awesome road trip games

Road trips sound great, in theory. The idea of hitting the open road, being free and having picnics in scenic locations is something that appeals to many of us. As do the ideas of saving money on travel and having your car with you when you reach your destination. However, when it comes to practice, they aren’t always as fun as you expected.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Here are 3 tricks when you are faced with a long drive

So you’re planning a long drive, either for business or for pleasure (but preferably for pleasure), and you’re not quite sure how to pull it off without falling victim to tiredness, hallucinations, and stress? Well, luckily there are various things you can do to help the drive go off without a hitch. If you work things right, you might even be able to enjoy the trip. Here are some tips for achieving that.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Keep on truckin' with these simple tips

For many truck owners, their vehicle is required on a daily basis, either for work or leisure. Therefore, you need to make sure that you take the best care of it that you possibly can. A lot of this involves simple care and maintenance techniques that we are going to be discussing in more detail in this article. Get the basics right and your truck will reward you with years of loyal service. So, let’s dive in and discuss a few of these simple tricks and tips.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

BMW: luxury motoring that may just be more afforable than you think

For a lot of people, buying a car is a way to paint a social picture. Just like you dress for the job you want, you buy the best car you can afford the lifestyle you dream of. Needless to say, a significant proportion of drivers would rather buy a luxury car than a simple SUV. Except that luxury cars come at a high price, and not everybody can afford a Ferrari, an iconic E-type Jaguar or even a Lamborghini. But not every luxury car has to cost an arm and a leg.

REVIEW – Abarth 124 Spider

In the world of 2-seater sports cars, there isn’t a great deal of choice at what I’d class as the ‘affordable’ end. The Mazda MX-5 has pretty much had a monopoly for the last couple of decades. The new one looks rather good, and it also has a twin brother. You see, Fiat worked with Mazda on this car, and created their own car on the platform. Called the 124 Spider it seeks to be an affordable, fun 2-seater. And Fiat being Fiat, they didn’t stop there. They gave the car to their tuning arm – Abarth – to give it an extra dose of sportiness. I grabbed one for a week to see whether it’s any good.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Make your car more comfortable to drive with these simple steps

Here’s a bit of reality for you, cars aren’t always comfortable to drive. Cars can be a bit like wearing shoes, they seem fine when you take them for a spin around the store, but once you get them home and start to break them in - you might find that they’re not as comfortable as you first thought. The good news is that there are some things you can do to make your ride more comfortable, so take a look at these easy upgrades to help make driving a breeze.

Friday, 3 November 2017

COLUMN – October 2017

Here is another chance to see my column from the October editions of The Local Herald and The Clitheroe Local. The theme this month is 'sports cars', and I have a couple which have been put to the test. First up is the Abarth 124 Spider, a 2-seater convertible with a 1.4-litre engine and some bonkers styling. Next up is the Subaru BRZ, a car which has been called the 'modern MkII Escort' in some circles. Neither car will keep up with the likes of a Porsche Boxter, but then they are half the price. So would they still be able to offer thrills? Read on to find out. As always full write ups on the Reviews page.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Get a little car luxury in your life

So you’re looking for a little luxury? Aren’t we all! When you’re dreaming of living a luxury lifestyle, there’s often only one thing stopping you from making that happen. And that’s you. Or a bucket load of cash. Either way, you’re going to want to work on moving that obstacle out of the way, so your wildest dreams can come true. And when those dreams are focused on luxury auto solutions, there’s only one thing for you to do, and that’s to chase after them. Because who says luxury cars should be saved for the super elite? Not us, that’s who. If you want a little luxury in your life, here are a few ways to make it happen!

Personal transport money savers you may want to consider

If you are currently reading this blog, it is probably a safe assumption that you own a car or some sort of some other form of personal transformation. Like a motorbike, dune buggy, a uh… waveboard maybe? Chances are you also spent a ridiculous amount of money on them past the point of actually buying them. Paying way too much for fuel, repairs and random needless upgrades and parts you buy because that is the kind of person you probably are. Let’s take a dive into the world of saving money on personal transport of all kinds. After all, would you not rather spend your money on something more useful? Like a new cup holder with LEDs for your dashboard.

Friday, 27 October 2017

REVIEW – Range Rover Sport SDV8 Autobiography Dynamic

Supposedly, Harrogate is one of the happiest places to live in the country. I think that, as well as their place of residence, the overwhelming wealth of the residents could contribute significantly to their happiness. But go there, and whilst you queue up for an hour to get into Betty’s tea rooms you will probably see at least two dozen Range Rovers. And even beyond Harrogate, the Range Rover Sport has always been the status car of choice. I decided to find out why, and managed to get hold of an Autobiography Dynamic for a week.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

The car technology that is making driving safer

There has never been a safer time to be a driver because of the fact that modern day cars are making driving so safe with their modern technologies. To see just what sort of tech this comprises of, make sure to read on.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Security alert: new cars are safer than ever

Since records began, the number of accidents in relation to the population has fallen. And, people say overpopulation is a bad thing! If you don’t believe it, the stats are there for everyone to see. Seriously, just click on the link. But, the facts and figures aren’t the only indicators. Don’t worry – this isn’t the type of post which relies on “gut feel.” After all, what if you had spicy food for lunch? No, the signs are the cars themselves and what they represent. Below are three ways vehicles are more secure than ever.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Improve your car; improve your winter

It’s a known fact that the wintertime is a very dangerous time for drivers. What with the falling of snow, the forming of ice, the dark mornings and nights and the other hazardous things it brings, wintertime is nightmare for drivers. And one small collision in their car for a driver caused by something like the black ice winter creates on the roads can be enough to ruin that driver’s whole winter. Not only this, but it is a known fact that wintertime can be a very annoying time for drivers too, just because of how cold it is. But there are ways to stop your winter months being ruined in such ways — if you are willing to improve your car and take heed of the advice below, that is.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

REVIEW – Ford Focus TDCi ST-3

I have always loved fast Fords. From the Escort Cosworth – the poster car of my youth – to the Fiesta ST: a car I loved so much I just had to buy. I have previously tested the Ford Focus ST, and I did quite like it. But now, you have an alternative to the 2.0-litre, 250PS petrol engine: a 2.0-litre, 185PS diesel. It’s an interesting concept: all the sporty trim with a more efficient engine. I was certainly intrigued, so booked one in for review. But would it be able to live up to the ST badge, or would it be all style with no substance? Let’s find out, shall we…

Saturday, 30 September 2017

REVIEW – Audi RS 6 Performance

Ask any car lover about their lottery garage, and they will usually rattle off their top 5 cars instantly. I won’t give my list here, but I will say that one of the cars on it is the Audi RS 6. So when I had the opportunity to test one, I was feeling a reserved excitement. On the one hand, they say you shouldn’t meet your heroes. But on the other, how many of us can say we’ve had the chance to drive our dream cars? Well I can, and it was actually the RS 6 Performance, which is even more bonkers than the standard car. So after living with it for a week, would the Audi remain in my dream garage?

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

REVIEW – Ford Edge ST-Line

Anyone who has ever been to America will have seen that Ford has a vast range of vehicles in comparison to the ones we can buy here in the UK. And time and time again the question has been asked as to why more models aren’t sold here. Well, in addition to the Mustang, Ford has also brought the Edge to Europe. Whilst in the USA this looks like a mid-size SUV, it’s actually rather large by our standards. But because it has been engineered for European markets, it shouldn’t feel like a big American car. So I grabbed one for a week, and was rather excited to get behind the wheel.

Friday, 22 September 2017

REVIEW – Peugeot 3008 SUV GT-Line

You will by now have seen the TV advert in which that chap knocks over a glass of water, as a new 3008 SUV drives around. The thinking behind this is to highlight the new i-Cockpit, which is the centrepiece of the new car. I have to admit, I wasn’t much of a fan of the previous 3008. But then I have been impressed with the new cars in the Peugeot range. So it seemed only fair to give it a chance. Before long I had a shiny new 3008 SUV GT Line on the driveway, and boy am I glad I gave it a chance…

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

COLUMM – September 2017

Here is another chance to see my column from the September editions of The Local Herald and The Clitheroe Local.It was another expensive month of test cars, but I have to confess that I rather enjoyed driving around in a Range Rover Sport. And at £108,000 I enjoyed it while it lasted, because I don't foresee ever being able to afford one of my own! Next up was the Ford Focus ST, although it was a diesel version. Could it really wear the ST badge with pride? Full reviews are available on the Reviews page.

Friday, 15 September 2017

5 mods to make an old car safer

For most classic car buyers, safety isn’t high on the priority list. However, it shouldn’t be overlooked. Car safety has come on a long way and you old car may be a deathtrap by today’s standards. Wear and tear may have also caused parts to become loose or ineffective, which could further pose a danger on the road. You’re never going to make an old car as safe as a new car, however making a few modifications to your car could make a world of difference. Here are just a few fix-ups worth considering.