Motoring

A Brief History of the Numberplate

In 2022 cars have become more than vessels getting us from A to B. We see personalisation, technology, engineering and more all develop in tandem with automobiles. Having a car of your own that truly reflects the driver is a goal many people have, and its often registration plate customisation that is used as an unobtrusive, legal way of adding flair to your car. Understanding which plates are legal actually requires a bit of a history lesson, so buckle up for some information on just what plates you can access in 2022, and why.

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

1903 had...

How to increase the value of your car

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Mon, 03/21/2022 - 9:58pm

Whether you're looking to sell your car to help combat the rising cost of living, or perhaps you're doing your bit for the environment and have found that going car-free is easier than you thought, you'll want to ensure you get the best possible price for your car.

How is a price determined?

The value of your car is determined by a number of factors, including the popularity of the make and model, vehicle specs, appearance and condition, as well as mileage and maintenance records.

Where and how you sell your car can also impact the value. Typically, you can get...

How to save for your dream car

Authored by Simon Wells
Posted: Wed, 03/16/2022 - 12:45am

If you were to ask anyone on the street what they were saving for, it’s highly likely that the majority of them would have an answer. This is a good thing; it’s far easier to save for something if you know what that something is and how much it will cost. Otherwise, saving can become very vague and you might not be so motivated to do so if you don’t know what you’re doing it for.

Some people – and you may well be included in this group – will be saving to buy a car, and perhaps even their ultimate dream car. If you are saving for this reason, read on for some excellent advice...

Common signs of alternator problems

When you start your car, the battery gives it the power to run. However, the alternator is what keeps the battery charging while running, and it's also what distributes power to the electrical parts of your vehicle, such as the radio, wipers, and headlights. It can last for as long as the car's life, but it could get damaged earlier than that due to various factors. If the alternator stops working, your car could still run as the battery would supply the power it needs, but not for a long time. However, it's best not to run the vehicle if there is an alternator problem and get it fixed...

Here is What Makes the Q7 SUV Audi’s Most Instrumental Vehicle

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Thu, 03/10/2022 - 1:07am

The Audi Q7 is undeniably an excellent luxury SUV, but we reckon it's also the brand's most important vehicle. Here’s why!

Most Commonly Replaced Car Parts

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Wed, 02/23/2022 - 2:25pm

Car ownership can be an expensive endeavour. As well as the up-front cost of the vehicle itself, there are the ongoing costs to consider. These include tax, insurance, fuel and maintenance. When it comes to the latter, there are certain components that tend to fail more often than others. Let’s take a look at a few of the common swaps you might perform.

Tyres

Tyres should be the only part of the car that actually comes into contact with the road. They’re designed to be regularly replaced, let alone when you get a puncture. Legally speaking, you have a responsibility to get your...

Severe weather warnings issued as Storm Eunice approaches

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 02/17/2022 - 5:50pm

Drivers are advised that Storm Eunice is expected to create severe driving conditions across much of England and a significant risk to vehicles in the South West, where National Highways has issued a Red Alert for gales in addition to a Met Office Red National Severe Weather Warning.

Yellow, amber and red Met Office warnings for wind have been issued in England for the storm, which is going to impact large parts of the country tomorrow (Friday). The National Highways Red Alert relates to the South West between 8am and 11am tomorrow. Exceptionally strong winds are predicted around...

Big fall in vehicle theft revealed by new police figures   

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 02/13/2022 - 11:05pm

Vehicle theft fell 13.6% from 2020 to 2021, according to new figures from more than 40 police forces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This translates to 343,640 reported thefts from or of a vehicle in 2020, which dropped to 296,910 last year.

London Metropolitan Police area had the most reported vehicle thefts, topping 100,000 crimes last year – followed by West Yorkshire with 14,460 and Thames Valley with 12,320 reported thefts.

In 2021, the residential crime rate also had London Metropolitan as the most likely place for thefts according to...

What to look for when buying a vehicle tracker

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Mon, 01/31/2022 - 12:16pm

With vehicle theft, a significant problem in the UK, installing a vehicle tracker to your car, motor vehicle fleet, farm and plant vehicles and equipment, as well as motorbikes and motorhomes, is becoming an ever-increasing way to trace your vehicle.

For high value or vulnerable vehicles, fitting an insurance approved tracker or a GPS enabled tracker may be a condition of your insurance. In some cases, it could even be a means to securing cheaper vehicle insurance premiums. Trackers also provide peace of mind for unexpected happenings, the ability to monitor driving and manage...

4 Economic benefits of installing car security systems in 2022

Authored by Simon Wells
Posted: Thu, 01/27/2022 - 6:30pm

Car security is a major concern in the country today. With car thefts increasing rapidly, more and more people are installing car security systems like steering wheel locks, car alarm systems and so on.

Although many vehicles come with an in-built security system, a lot of them do not and in these times, it is absolutely important for you to have a security system in your vehicle. These systems are absolutely inexpensive and highly effective in preventing car theft.

The fact of the matter is that not only do they protect your car but also save you a lot of money. In this...

Highway Code changes set to take effect this week

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 01/26/2022 - 2:52pm

Today the Government is announcing changes to The Highway Code to enhance safety for all road users, particularly those most at risk.

The changes include the introduction of a hierarchy of road users, the adoption by motorists of the so-called ‘Dutch Reach’ to help reduce the risk of injuring passing cyclists and pedestrians, and fresh guidance to cyclists about riding in the centre of a lane on quieter roads to make themselves more visible.

Commenting on the changes, Jason Wakeford, head of campaigns at Brake, the road safety charity , said: “Brake welcomes the changes...

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