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Being stopped by the police and your driving rights

Every day, hundreds of drivers of new and used cars across the UK are stopped by the police.
Being pulled over is never a pleasant experience. Our reaction is usually to wonder what we have done wrong, and panic a little. Sometimes we become angry or defensive when talking to the police, especially if an important journey has been interrupted. Understanding your rights and obligations when stopped can help you keep your cool and deal with the situation calmly. more info…

Medical conditions notifiable to the DVLA

Driving is an area of huge responsibility in life: keeping to the speed limit, ensuring your vehicle is roadworthy (this applies to both new and used cars), and having a valid insurance policy are just some of the critical criteria of safe driving. One other factor you mustn’t take for granted is your health, and whether than impacts on your abilities as a driver. The DVLA has a list of conditions which if you suffer from, by law, you must notify them of. more info…

New Car MOT Rules

If a public consultation in 2018 is successful, it could mean that MOT rules are relaxed for new cars. Currently, a new car has a 3 year grace period before it needs to go through the annual safety and emissions test. However, in recognition of technology’s improving focus on safety standards, this could be set to change to 4 years. more info…

Diesel and petrol price variations across the UK

Across the UK, average petrol and diesel prices can vary by as much as 20 pence per litre in new and used cars. The most expensive location for drivers in the last 12 months was Argyll in northern Scotland. Motorists spent an average of 125 pence per litre for both petrol, and diesel. In stark contrast, drivers in Tilbury, Essex, spent an average of 103.9 pence per litre for petrol and 104.5 pence per litre for diesel. more info…

All-time high for car sales in the UK

Everyone has got something bad to say about 2016, whether their favourite rocker bit the dust or referendum results and election shocks gave them the big old blues. But here’s a happy bit of news: 2016 was a booming year for the motor trade. Whilst both new and used cars were changing hands, it was the sales figures of new cars in particular which made a mark in the record books. more info…

What to do if you put the wrong fuel in your car!

Putting the wrong fuel in a car, whether it’s diesel in a petrol model or petrol in a diesel engine, is something many motorists worry about. It only takes a moment of inattention to make the slip, and we tend to imagine that the consequences, both in financial cost and personal embarrassment, will be catastrophic. Yet, in spite of all this paranoia, we still let our thoughts wander while at the pump, only to suffer that instant of freezing horror when we realise what we’ve done. more info…

British VW Customers ‘Taken for a Ride’

The VW emissions scandal continues into 2017 with millions of UK drivers still demanding compensation. The UK Minister for Transport, John Hayes, has been in talks with Volkswagen and is hopeful that UK VW owners will receive compensation. In the US, compensation has now been awarded, with each VW driver affected receiving an average of £8,000. VW drivers living in the US have also recently been given the welcome news that the company is set to make an additional £810 million settlement. more info…

Christmas Driving Playlist

For many of us, driving is an inescapable part of Christmas. Whether it’s heading off to visit relatives or collecting the kids from yet another party, the festive season can really pile on the miles. With thousands of new and used cars on the road, and poor weather conditions, driving at this time of year can be a stressful experience. Why not cheer yourself up and keep passengers entertained with some festive Christmas music? more info…



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