Fixing your Speedo

A speedometer is one of the most useful tools you use as a driver. You rely on it. So when it decides to stop working you can have yourself a big problem. Not being able to check the speed you’re going at isn’t safe or legal, so you will have to get your car collected by a recovery provider. Alternatively, you could plug in a Satnav to get a fairly accurate speed-reading. That said, there is one thing you can do before you call the AA. Disconnect your battery. By disconnecting your battery and plugging it back in, you’ll reset it so the computers in your car refresh. Sometimes this... Read More »

Making the switch to an automatic

As more cars are introduced with automatic gearboxes, more and more people are taking the step from manual to automatic and the majority of these drivers will never drive a manual car again. It’s not easy switching from manual to automatic as you’re giving up a certain amount of control. You don’t get to decide when to change up or down (unless there’s a manual override option), the car does this for you and you have to learn how to use the throttle and brakes effectively to get the best out of it. Automatic cars have improved hugely over the last decade and many people who have made the change,... Read More »

Driving in Australia – What you need to know

When you’re spending time in Australia and you decide to hire or buy a vehicle, there are a few things you should know. Firstly they drive on the left over there like we do in the UK so it doesn’t take long to get used to the roads. Secondly, you’ll need at least 2 spare tyres if you’re hitting the outback. Tyres can wear extremely quickly and you need to be familiar with changing your wheels, so practice first because it’s bound to happen at some stage. You’ll also need to make sue you have a medical kit handy with plenty of suncream in there, because you could be stuck... Read More »

The Vauxhall Astra

Car giants, Vauxhall Motors is a fully fledged automotive manufacturing and distribution organisation which has their main headquarters in Luton, Bedfordshire. With an operating income of £131 million and a large and diverse portfolio of cars, Vauxhall has been round for a long time and has embedded themselves as a real competitor within the world of cars. One of their most popular models of cars is the Astra, which is a small hatchback varying between 3 and 5 doors and engine sizes of 1.3 litre to up to 2.2 litre (diesel models only). The car itself has been rated as one of the best automatic cars to drive according to... Read More »

Hiring a Car Rental when Travelling

Travelling around, whether for work or for pleasure, can be an expensive activity. Businesses and individuals alike would look kindly upon any way in which they can reduce the costs of travelling, including renting a car. Everyday, thousands of people travel by plane, train or ship, in order to get to where they’re going. Once there, they are cut off from accessing their own vehicle, which means they need to either rent a vehicle or hire taxis to get around everywhere. There are situations where hiring a taxi simply isn’t practical, is too expensive, or presents the wrong image to those you’re meeting, and so hiring a car makes a... Read More »