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Car tyres

Posted on: 12/07/2016

Car tyres

The wheels on the bus go round and round, so the song says. Never did the writer of that nursery rhyme think that car wheels and their aesthetic would be come as important as the car it’s self.
Car wheels come in all shapes and sizes, suited to the size of the car. The market for custom or different rims, in the UK, really started to grow around the mid 2000’s. American TV programs like MTV’s Pimp My Ride made the young audience in the UK sit up and notice the rims on cars...

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Ambient Temperature

Posted on: 16/05/2016

Ambient Temperature

If we were in any doubt when summer would arrive, the recent hot spell has confirmed that summer is here! No doubt, there will be a sudden dip back to baltic-level temperatures as soon as you have squeezed your winter coats into storage and wrestled for the last bottle of suncream in the supermarket, but, overall, the weather is on the turn and the summer of 2016 is ahead of us.
As we say goodbye to winter, the cars in our lives will make the change from freezers that demand the use of ice...

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Sober Up with Thai Drink Drive Punishment

Posted on: 04/05/2016

Sober Up with Thai Drink Drive Punishment

Thailand has the second worst rate of traffic fatalities in the world and it has come up with a drastic solution to curb the country’s epidemic. Individuals prosecuted for driving recklessly, specifically driving whilst drunk, will be sentenced to community service, however this service will not be litter picking in a park or helping out at the local library, it will be an altogether more sobering affair - helping in the local morgue.
The scheme is the brainchild of Thailand’s Director...

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Tips for buying a used car

Posted on: 31/01/2016

You stop dead in your tracks. You've seen your dream car, gleaming and shiny - a brand new model sitting proudly in the dealership forecourt. 
But with such an important transaction, you need to use your brain, and not just listen to your heart. And the brain will tell you that if you want a smart financial investment, you should look elsewhere.
That's because new cars tend to depreciate rapidly - almost immediately after purchase. The worst case scenario is that you'll be unable...

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Protect your car battery from the cold

Posted on: 13/12/2015

When the temperature drops and your car won't start it's more often than not an issue with your car battery. Find out how to remedy the situation with this RAC article.
Cold, damp weather can play havoc on batteries as vehicle electrical systems have to work a lot harder at this time of year and starter motors require all the current they can get to start the engine on these cold mornings. With more and more vehicle equipment demanding electricity this is more of a problem than ever. We recommend...

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Top 10 things to pack for driving abroad 

Posted on: 08/12/2015

There are many different legal requirements for driving abroad, but what are the essential items that aren’t necessary by law that should find their way into your suitcase?
Here are the RAC's top 10 items to pack when travelling abroad:
1. Travel money

Unfamiliar driving conditions mean accident risks are inflated, so don’t forget to pack some foreign currency in case you get stranded. Credit cards are widely accepted, but a small amount of cash could buy you a...

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How to save money running your car

Posted on: 14/11/2015

Maintaining a car can be a costly exercise - but there are way that you can cut your driving bill for the year. Find out how in this blog.
We have sourced 5 of the best money-saving tips from MoneySaving Expert to help you reduce your bills:
1. Don't assume third party cover is cheapest
The minimum level of cover to legally drive on the road is known as 'third party' insurance - a specific type of insurance that covers you for any damage to another vehicle (or property). It...

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How to stay safe on a long drive

Posted on: 07/11/2015

We're heading into the festive season where we will be making long trips to see our loves ones. If you are driving for over an hour, consider the following tips to ensure you and your passengers stay healthy and safe. 
1. Plan the journey
Take into account the times of day when you'll be travelling through busy towns and where there are roadworks. Use the AA route planner, which allows you to choose various route options and alerts you of potential traffic hotspots. If you're aiming...

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Tips for driving at Christmas

Posted on: 01/11/2015

Using your car over the Christmas period presents many challenges. It could be the weather, leaving your car laid up for a while – testing its reliability when you come to use it – or busy traffic with drivers not focusing 100% on the road.
Here are the RAC's top 10 Christmas driving dangers to look out for over the festive holiday:
1. The weather is unpredictable around wintertime. Even if the roads have been gritted, a blizzard can cover them in snow again in an instant,...

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What should you check on your car regularly?

Posted on: 17/10/2015

What should you check on your car regularly to ensure you don't get any nasty surprises? The answer: FLOWER, a snappy way to help you keep your car healthy from the AA.
Fuel
Top up when you pass a filling station rather than delay looking for one until the fuel light comes on – particularly if you’re driving in an unfamiliar area.
Lights
Clean all exterior lights regularly and check for blown bulbs and cracks in the lens.
Oil
Cars can consume as much...

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8 steps to safer tyres

Posted on: 03/10/2015

Research by the AA has revealed the alarming risks motorists are taking: two thirds of female drivers (65%), and one third of male (36%), put their lives at risk by running worn tyres – because they rely mainly on garages for information on when to change them.
The research further highlights how many motorists take tyres for granted, courting danger as they fail to check tyre pressures and tread depth.
AA Tyres’ director David Bruce confirms that millions of drivers ignore...

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10 ways to save fuel

Posted on: 06/09/2015

Fuel efficiency is a constant consideration for motorists across the UK. That's why we thought we'd share 10 top tips, provided by Shell, on how to get the most out of your tank.
 
1. Treat Your Car to Some TLC
A well-tuned engine can improve fuel economy, so follow your car manufacturer’s recommendation on servicing. High quality motor oils can also help your engine operate more efficiently.
2. Lighten Up
You may be surprised, but every extra pound or kilogram...

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7 tips for driving with children

Posted on: 10/08/2015

In this article, the IAM looks at how parents can cope with travelling with children on long journeys. Here’s how you can ensure your journey is a lot less stressful.
1. If you’re travelling with children under the age of three years you must use a child restraint. And any children three years and above must be placed in a booster seat, safely secured with a seatbelt. Make sure you make the appropriate adjustments before you start your journey. And if you’re using a child...

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Top 8 eco cars

Posted on: 08/08/2015

Research by Warranty Direct has highlighted the used cars aged three years or older which offer the best combination of reliability and economy, as motorists continue to look for ways to reduce the cost of car ownership.
Manufacturers are continually developing new technology which delivers better fuel consumption and lower emissions, but some more complex machines are still prone to going wrong, forcing owners to foot expensive repair bills.
Warranty Direct analysed its 50,000 live policies,...

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TIPS: Best days to travel in the summer

Posted on: 25/07/2015

Drivers taking holidays in the UK this summer are advised to leave home and come back on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday if their vacation period allows it.
This is because 59% of AA members say they will go away by car for a long weekend in the UK this summer.
August will be the busiest month for ‘long weekenders’, with 28% of 25,810 respondents in an AA-Populus panel survey saying they will take a short motoring break next month. This compares with 25% in July and 23% in...

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65% of drivers 'don't need motorway rests'

Posted on: 18/07/2015

Motorway drivers are putting themselves at risk because not enough of them take breaks, a new survey suggests. 
The Institute of Advanced Motorists ' (IAM) poll of 1,753 adults shows that 65% don't feel they even need motorway rests.
The road safety charity's research suggests that nearly four in five motorway drivers will only take one if the services are convenient to their journey.
IAM CEO Sarah Sillars warns that such behaviour puts drivers in danger of making many...

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New online vehicle recall search tool to help motorists

Posted on: 16/06/2015

The UK automotive sector, led by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Motor Codes, has launched a new consumer-facing web portal to enable motorists to identify if their vehicle is on a safety recall list. Customers will also be directed to their nearest dealer so that any necessary remedial work can be carried out as quickly as possible.

The Vehicle Safety Recall search tool, which operates using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), is a one-stop-shop for car...

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Mobile phone use still makes drivers mad

Posted on: 05/06/2015

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is urging the new government to increase its efforts in promoting road safety by giving targeted enforcement a higher priority.

With the yet-to-be-revealed figures for 2014 shaping up to show an increase in deaths and injuries on UK roads, the IAM believe the new government must make road traffic policing a core priority function for police forces and commissioners in England and Wales.

The call comes following a survey conducted by...

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Tips for keeping your car safe

Posted on: 28/05/2015

Maintaining car safety is a key concern for any motorist. Below, we provide a summary of tips provided by Admiral UK.

1 Sat nav theft
If your sat nav is portable remove the cradle and clean any marks left on the windscreen. These are telltale signs there may be a sat nav tucked away in the glove box.

2. Secure parking
Pick a secure car park in a well-lit and well-populated part of the town or city you're in, one with a ticket barrier, CCTV or a car park attendant...

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Top tips for safer driving on the motorway during roadworks

Posted on: 28/05/2015

With ongoing repairs taking place across UK motorways, the IAM has provided top tips for how you can make your motorway journey a safe one.

1. Check for road status and traffic updates before you travel. If you know of any roadworks that will affect your journey consider avoiding this route if you can - even if it means covering a few more miles; it could well be faster. Current motorway roadwork information is easily available on the internet.

2. Changing when you travel...

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Are politicians ignoring the UK motorist?

Posted on: 28/04/2015

Even though drivers contribute £58 billion or almost 10% of the Treasury’s entire £582.6 billion UK tax-take, the need for fair pricing on UK forecourts has so far been largely ignored by politicians seeking the votes of the UK’s 35 million motorists.

The latest AA Fuel Price Report shows that average petrol prices have risen from 111.92p a litre in mid March to 113.29p in mid April, a 1.37p increase which adds 75p to the cost of filling a typical 55-litre petrol...

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Record month for the UK car industry

Posted on: 11/04/2015

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show 492,774 cars were registered in March 2015 - the best month since the twice-yearly number plate changes were introduced in 1999.

New products and attractive finance packages underpinned by low interest rates helped deliver this record result which was led by the fleet sector, with 11.6% year-on-year growth, reflecting the economic confidence currently felt by UK companies. Registrations so far this year have...

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Road drainage trouble - a bad case of deja vu?

Posted on: 21/03/2015

Drivers across the UK say road drainage is as bad this winter as the last one. But, without the excuse of last winter’s 'biblical’ amounts of rainfall, councils are facing deeper resentment from motorists, AA research has found.

On 5 March 2015 the Government published its report on the condition of England’s roads - a key local election issue.

Half (50%) of 18,806 AA members polled in late January said that, where they live, heavy rain leaves roads pockmarked...

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Half of UK wouldn't travel in driver-less cars

Posted on: 07/03/2015

As driver-less cars take to public roads, half of Britons would not be passengers in the self-driving vehicles it has emerged.

Half of Britons would be unwilling passengers in driver-less cars over safety worries, with 16 per cent professing to feel 'horrified’ by the belief of unmanned vehicles driving on British roads.

Driver-less cars will take to the roads of Coventry, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Greenwich in January in a bid to examine the challenges of bringing...

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Volkswagen Passat announced Car of the Year 2015

Posted on: 03/03/2015

Volkswagen Passat announced Car of the Year 2015

Car of the Year 2015, the Volkswagen Passat, was announced in Palexpo on the eve of Geneva Motor Show press day. Hakan Matson, president of the Jury, handed the trophy to Heinz-Jakob Neusser, responsible of Techical Development for the brand.
The Passat was the favourite of the Jury for a big margin, gathering 340 points against the 248 of runner-up, Citroen C4 Cactus. The Jury comprises 58 members, all of them motoring journalists, from 22 European countries. The other finalist were: Mercedes...

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5 top tips to staying safe on a long drive

Posted on: 22/02/2015

If you are driving for over an hour, consider the following tips to ensure you and your passengers stay healthy and safe.

1. Plan the journey

Take into account the times of day when you’ll be travelling through busy towns and where there are roadworks. Use the AA route planner, which allows you to choose various route options and alerts you of potential traffic hotspots. If you’re aiming to be somewhere at a specific time, plan meal and toilet breaks in advance.Click here to read more...

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White: The most popular colour for UK drivers

Posted on: 17/02/2015

White is again the colour of choice among British motorists.

Those buying a car in the UK chose this shade above all others in 2014, just as they did in 2013.

As many as 544,815 of the 2,476,435 new motors registered last year were white - that's 22% of them.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures suggest that motorists are not deterred by the practicalities of white cars being more difficult to keep clean.

The stats certainly reflect...

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UK driving test to be revamped?

Posted on: 17/01/2015

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and young driver safety organisation the Under 17 Car Club Charitable Trust are calling for the UK driving test to be revamped to make it more relevant to the real world.

Currently the driving test does not include any testing of a driver’s ability to cope safely with country roads, poor weather or driving at night - aspects both organisations know are the main risk factors in the first six months of solo driving.

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Is your automatic costing you more than a manual?

Posted on: 10/01/2015

Cars with automatic transmissions are more likely to fail and when they do they are more expensive to fix than their manual counterparts, according to automotive specialist, Warranty Direct.
The gearbox is one of the most expensive parts of a car to repair or replace, with garage costs rising as high as £5,850.

But, as the percentage of automatic cars on UK roads continues to rise compared with manual vehicles, Warranty Direct’s analysis of 50,000 live policies reveals...

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DriveNow carsharing scheme launched in London

Posted on: 03/01/2015

DriveNow, the carsharing joint venture between the BMW Group and Sixt SE, launched its flexible carsharing service in London last month.

Initially, 210 BMW 1 Series and MINI Countryman models are available for spontaneous hire. DriveNow furthermore intends to add 30 all-electric BMW i3 cars to the London fleet in spring 2015, expanding it to a total of 300 vehicles during the course of next year. The scheme will start off by serving an area around 65 square kilometres (25 sq. miles) in...

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6 driving resolutions for 2015

Posted on: 28/12/2014

A new year means a new start. And what better time to reflect upon your driving habits and what you need to change. Below, you can find a list of common resolutions that you should be making on Wednesday night:

Put down the electronic devices

This should seem like common sense but mobile phone use can cause serious car crashes. It’s illegal to ride a motorcycle or drive using hand-held phones or similar devices. The rules are the same if you’re stopped at traffic...

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How to Avoid Motorbike Collisions

Posted on: 18/12/2014

Safety on the road is an evergreen issue that we should all have front of mind.

Motorcyclists particularly are in danger when on the road and have much more to lose in the occasion of a collision. They are completely exposed and can easily be flung off.

So, in honour of our two-wheeled friends, we've compiled this post to help you be more aware on the road. So you can make sure this doesn't happen.

 1. Never accommodate the same lane space: This happens all too...

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Top social media tips for car maintenance

Posted on: 13/12/2014

Nowadays, we don't have to rely on our car manuals or advice from our Dad when it comes to motoring tips. We can simply log on and find out from across social media. Check out our top tips we've found online in the blog below.
1. Pinterest has an entire section dedicated to car tips that you can find here: http://www.pinterest.com/faureciana/helpful-car-tips/. It contains some gems as "10 Things in Your Car You Didn't Know You Could Fix" and "How To Win The Holiday Parking Game"

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Fuel duty winter freeze

Posted on: 04/12/2014

Drivers will continue to enjoy the current fuel duty freeze, it was confirmed in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.

George Osborne cemented the already-published April freeze this week - but it has been strongly hinted this tax break may only last for a further five months after that.

Also, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) - the Government's independent economic advisory forecaster - spoke of anticipated petrol tax increases from next September, linked to RPI inflation.Click here to read more...

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How to navigate motor insurance when abroad

Posted on: 28/11/2014

Figures compiled by comparison website GoCompare found that one in six out of 245 policies would not cover you when travelling abroad unless you paid extra.
While these mostly offer third-party cover, they may not pay out if your car is involved in an accident or needs repairs. This means you face hefty charges to get your car home.

Policies also vary widely over the amount of time they will cover you while abroad. Some will offer you only three days per trip while others will cover...

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Your most popular car names

Posted on: 21/11/2014

Four out of ten (39%) drivers have given their car a name, according to the AA Driving School.

Women are far more likely than men to have named a car, with half (50%) saying they have done so compared to a third (33%) of men.

Young drivers aged 18-24 were by far the most likely age group to say they had named a car with a huge seven out of ten (70%) having done so, compared to just three out of ten (30%) of drivers over 65.

The science of naming your car
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5 tips to avoid parking fines

Posted on: 14/11/2014

Nothing is more frustrating that getting a parking fine - and it's a common problem for millions. Only a fraction of these are contested but many more drivers could contest their fines.
Of the millions of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued each year, only a few thousand are appealed by drivers. This is despite the fact that as many as 65 per cent of appeals are upheld and the fines are then withdrawn.

Parking tickets aren’t just irritating, they’re expensive. Plus,...

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Driving licence fees to fall by up to 32%

Posted on: 07/11/2014

Driving licence fees to fall by up to 32%

Driving licence fees will fall by up to 32% as part of the government’s commitment to deliver savings to the taxpayer.

The changes, which follow a recent public consultation, come into force from 31 October 2014. Drivers applying online will see the fee for a provisional driving licence fall from £50 to £34 and online renewals after ten years fall from £20 to £14. The fee for driver tachograph cards - used by businesses to record how far their staff are...

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Drink driving limit cut in Scotland

Posted on: 31/10/2014

Drink driving limit cut in Scotland

Scotland is to reduce its drink-driving limit in time for Christmas, with motorists advised not to get behind the wheel if they have drunk any alcohol whatsoever.

The reduction from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood means that drivers could be breaking the law if they have drunk a small glass of wine or single pint of beer. The new limit brings the country into line with Northern Ireland and most of Europe, while the limit in England and Wales remains at 80mg.

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How to keep your car secure and safe

Posted on: 21/10/2014

How to keep your car secure and safe

Your car is likely to be one of the biggest purchases you ever make. So you need to keep it safe.

It's also likely that you keep valuable stuff in your car. So to avoid becoming a victim of car crime, check out these 5 top tips:

1. Get a car alarm

Although they can’t physically stop a car (or valuables kept inside) from being stolen, a thief will likely think twice before tackling a set of wheels that he or she knows will get everyone’s attention. Most...

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Overseas drivers escape £2.3m worth of speeding tickets

Posted on: 14/10/2014

Overseas drivers escape £2.3m worth of speeding tickets

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has revealed that overseas drivers have escaped 23,295 speeding offences since January 2013 - the equivalent of £2.3 million worth of speeding tickets.

The figures were revealed following a freedom of information request to police authorities, which asked how many overseas motorists had been caught by speed cameras across England and Wales. As foreign vehicles are not registered with the DVLA these speeding offences are not pursued. Click here to read more...

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Is your hands-free technology putting you at danger?

Posted on: 09/10/2014

Is your hands-free technology putting you at danger?

Any hands-free technology that keeps your eyes on the road must be safe, right? Well, not according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Three out of four drivers believe that hands-free technology is safe to use, so you may be surprised to learn that these popular new vehicle features may actually increase mental distraction, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. This research can serve as guidance to manufacturers who increasingly market hands-free systems...

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3 questions to check the state of your brakes

Posted on: 02/10/2014

3 questions to check the state of your brakes

The ability to brake is the most important function of your car. That's why it's so important to pay attention to the warning signs: it can mean the difference between life and death. Check out the three questions you should ask to see if your brakes need a service in the blog below.
1. Can you hear a squeak?

One of the warning signs that your brakes need servicing can come from a small indicator in your braking system that emits a high-pitched squeal when your pads need replacing....

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Your car health calendar

Posted on: 25/09/2014

Your car health calendar

Making sure that your car health is as robust as it can be should be a priority for every driver. And at Recycle Motors, we want to make sure you have the best driving experience possible.


Use our checklist below, and make sure you get the most from your vehicle:

 

CAR HEALTH - WEEKLY

Check the condition of your tyres

Study the tyre's sidewalls. This is the area visible on the side of the tyres. If there is any damage to...

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Not a driving role model? You're kidding yourself

Posted on: 21/08/2014

Not a driving role model? You're kidding yourself

The Kids in the Car campaign has been unveiled by the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland to encourage drivers to set a positive example to children while driving.

 The Kids in the Car campaign draws on research that reveals how children’s future driving behaviours are greatly influenced from a very young age by the behaviour of their parents and carers.

The main message on their website says: "A driver under the age of 20 is killed or seriously injured...

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How to stay safe on a long drive

Posted on: 13/06/2014

How to stay safe on a long drive

Making sure you keep yourself and your passengers safe on the UK's roads should be your number one priority while driving. And it's never been more important, with tales of driving stupidity getting increasingly ridiculous. For example, the lorry driver who was caught on Skype while driving on the M25.

 

If you are driving for over an hour, consider the following tips to ensure you and your passengers stay healthy and safe.

1. Plan the journey
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5 of the best UK driving blogs

Posted on: 22/05/2014

5 of the best UK driving blogs

Which are the best driving blogs in the UK? Find out in our top 5 below.

While it's true that we provide a fantastic array of information here at Recycle Motors, we know that you may want to have a little look at some other blogs. You know, just for another point of view.

That's why we've decided to help you with our top 5 driving blogs in the UK.

1. MotorPaper

"A fresh new look at motoring through the eyes of industry experts, petrol heads and...

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Are your tyres treading the line between safety and danger?

Posted on: 01/05/2014

Are your tyres treading the line between safety and danger?

Are your tyres safe? A recent article from CarBlog.co.uk shared the latest legislation, news and guidance in this area, helping you to work out whether your tyres are up-to-scratch. Read below to find out more.

 

More than 1.5million motorists are putting lives at risk by driving on sub-standard tyres as they try to cut the cost of maintaining their vehicles. Of the 23 million sets of part-worn tyres sold over the past five years, more than a quarter were not legally...

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A guide to buying your new car

Posted on: 04/04/2014

A guide to buying your new car

Buying your new car can be stressful. In this blog, Recycle Motors guides you through the process and provides plenty of food for thought.

With such an important transaction, you need to use your brain, and not just listen to your heart. It's easy to get seduced by all the gleaming models sitting in the dealership forecourt, but take a second.

If you want a smart financial investment, you should look elsewhere.

That's because new cars tend to depreciate rapidly...

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13 tips to driving in the rain

Posted on: 14/02/2014

Driving in the rain can be scary. Especially during the last few months of extreme weather, where the country has faced torrential downpours on an almost daily basis. Use our tips to make sure that you stay safe out on the roads.

 

We don't like the rain at Recycle Motors. It can cause accidents, reduce visibility on the roads and don't get us started on the dangers of flood damage.

So we thought we'd help you out with our 13 handy tips to help you while...

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The attraction of alternative-fuel vehicles

Posted on: 06/02/2014

Are alternative-fuel cars the future? According to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), sales of alternative-fuel vehicles (hybrid and electric cars) increased 25 per cent from January 2013 last month, with 2,859 registered.

 

Fully electric cars boasted the biggest growth in registrations last month, posting a 755.3 per cent increase; from 38 units in January 2013 to 325 this year. Other types of plug-in cars such as plug-in hybrids and...

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6 of the best driving apps on the market

Posted on: 31/01/2014

Driving apps have revolutionised the way we travel and navigate the roads.

Not only can you get directions on your smartphone, but you can even access the latest traffic information and even find out how economical your driving is.

Here's Recycle Motors favourite driving apps you can get on your tablet or smartphone:

THE BEST FOR....

Finding your way: NavFree GPS UK & ROI

This free app offers navigation through audio and on-screen...

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5 signs to not buy a used car

Posted on: 23/01/2014

When you sell your vehicle to us here at Recycle Motors, we know that in most cases, you're planning to buy a used car. But there are a few signs to keep your eye out for to ensure you don't walk away with a banger.

 

1. Lack of repair records

If the seller can't show you accurate records of repair, you should assume the car hasn't been reliably serviced. Approach the condition of the car with plenty of skepticism, and have it thoroughly checked out by...

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Potholes and the problems they create

Posted on: 16/01/2014

Potholes cause misery for drivers every day of the week across the country, and they are only getting worse.

The 'P' word has become a hot issue for drivers in the UK and has been covered extensively in newspapers and various television programmes, including Pothole Britain, which you can watch here.

So what should you do if your car has been damaged by the curse of potholes?

Well, you can claim for compensation from the local authority. However, your chances...

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Author: ADMIN
Categories: Blog, Tips, News

5 ways to see if your flood damaged car can be saved

Posted on: 10/01/2014

A flood damaged car can be a nightmare to salvage. But in the recent bad weather that has swept the nation, flood damage has become a reality for many, and ruined hundreds of cars.

"That would never happen to me"

This is what many people would have thought while watching the news over the Christmas break. Images of cars stranded in deep water, and underground car parks fully flooded, littered our television screens as we suffered the wettest winter weather in recent years....

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Author: ADMIN
Categories: Blog, Tips

Buying a new car: an essential guide

Posted on: 02/01/2014

Buying a new car is exciting. You talk to friends and family, read pages and pages of catalogues and magazines, and browse the web to find the perfect model.

But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows.

Here at Recycle Motors, we know that the process of buying a new car can be just as stressful as getting rid of your old one. You need to weigh your options and ask the right questions.

And that's hard to do during a viewing at your local forecourt, which can...

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Author: ADMIN
Categories: Blog, Tips

Buying a used car: what to remember

Posted on: 19/12/2013

We're realists here at Recycle Motors. We know that not everyone has the budget for a brand new car. Especially as we've all got Christmas presents to buy.

So, if you can't afford a brand new vehicle, don't worry! Buying a used car is a great way of cutting the cost of your driving: in fact, most new cars lose around 40% of their value in the first year.

Go grab a coffee, put your feet up, relax and let us show you how to buy a used car without getting a bum deal.
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Author: ADMIN
Categories: Blog, Tips

A seven step guide for when your vehicle breaks down

Posted on: 13/12/2013

Recycle Motors sees its fair share of broken down cars and vehicles that are beyond repair.

And when your vehicle breaks down, it usually occurs in the worst place and at the worst time.

If your vehicle breaks down on a motorway or busy road, you should:

1. Pull on to the hard shoulder - keep as far to the left as you possibly can with your wheels turned to the left.
2. Turn your hazard lights on and leave your sidelights on (although if you need to reserve...

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Author: ADMIN
Categories: Blog, Tips

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