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6 Great Car Gadgets You Never Knew You Needed

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Are you a fan of long-distance road trips, or do you use your car mainly for commuting and domestic chores? No matter what kind of motorist you are, there’ll be a gadget that will make the journey easier, more fun or will prove its worth in an emergency. We’re all in favor of improving the driving experience, and there’s no shortage of practical accessories, luxury add-ons or must-have tech. We’ve rounded up six of our favorites here. A night-vision system Even the best drivers can struggle to see at night. Bad weather conditions may make it more difficult, or perhaps fatigue has set in. So it’s good to have a little help sometimes to make driving at night that bit...

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How to Change a Tire in 7 Easy Steps

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  If you found your car had a flat tire – either before you set off or due to a puncture during the journey – would you know what to do? Changing a tire is one of those basic mechanical tasks every motorist should know but many of us neglect to learn. After all, it never looks that complicated – surely we’d be able to work it out? In reality, especially if you’re stuck at the roadside in the dark or bad weather, that’s unlikely to be the case. Getting familiar with the process before you need it is a good idea, so we’ve broken it down into 7 simple steps. First things first Make sure you know where your...

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9 Essential Winter Maintenance Tips for Motorists

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Let’s face it, while there’s never a good time for our cars to break down or need repairs, it always seems worse when it happens in winter. Cold, wet weather makes being stuck by the roadside or having to rely on public transport that much worse. To minimize the chances of it happening, there are a few simple tasks you can do. As well as preventing some problems before they happen, they’ll help you spot other potential issues so you can get them resolved quickly. Keep an eye on your windscreen Inspect your windscreen, other windows and lights regularly to make sure there are no cracks. If you spot any, get the glass fixed or replaced as soon as possible....

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5 New Year Resolutions Every Car Owner Should Make

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A new year means a fresh start – most of us see it as a chance to shake things up in our lives. The promises we make to ourselves each January range from big to small, whether it’s wanting to get fit and lose a few kilos to pursuing a whole new career. Whatever your goals are, we wish you success – but spare a thought for your four-wheeled friend, too. It’s easy to take your car for granted when you use it every day, whether it’s on the school run, getting to work or going to the gym. To make sure it keeps you safely on the road, though, it needs some attention. With that in mind, while you’re...

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10 Things You Should Do If You Get Stranded While Driving

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We hope it will never happen, and if you keep on top of routine maintenance and have your car regularly serviced, the chances are it won’t. Sometimes, though, the unexpected happens – flat tires, a broken fan belt, an accident in bad weather – and you could end up stranded by the roadside. It’s a stressful situation but follow these steps to keep yourself safe while you wait for assistance to get you back on your journey. Stay calm It’s natural to panic, especially if you’re up against a deadline such as traveling to catch a flight. Try not to let it take over, though – keep your cool and you’ll cope far better with managing what’s happened. Look after...

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7 Great Christmas Gift Ideas for Car Lovers

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Now we’re into December, there’s no putting it off any longer – it’s time to think about Christmas shopping, if you haven’t already started. Some people are easy to buy for, while others have us tearing our hair out and crossing our fingers that they’ll love whatever we choose. While we can’t suggest the perfect gift for everyone, we can help if you’re wondering what to buy the car lover in your life. From the motorsport fan to the weekend tourer, check out our top picks for some ideas. An in-car phone holder A decent in-car mount for your phone mount can make life so much easier when you’re traveling. That said, when we change our devices so regularly (and...

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13 Essentials for Your Emergency Winter Breakdown Kit

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However well-prepared you are for driving in winter, there’s always a chance you’ll find yourself stranded. Even if your car is regularly serviced and well maintained, you could still suffer a breakdown, have an accident, or be forced to stop by sudden bad weather. It’s always a good idea to carry an emergency breakdown kit just in case the worst should happen. It’s easy to put together and, once assembled, can be left in your vehicle – where it will hopefully stay unneeded! What you put in your emergency winter breakdown kit may vary according to where you live and the kind of weather you’re likely to experience. As a minimum, though, we’d recommend you include the following items. A...

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How To Stay Safe While Driving in Winter

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As well as often being unpleasant, driving in winter weather also means we need to adjust some of our habits and behavior on the roads. Snow, ice and heavy rain all affect surfaces, and our cars react differently than in the dry. In extreme conditions you might prefer to stay at home or defer your journey, particularly if you’re an inexperienced or nervous driver. That might not always be an option, though, so here’s our advice to help you stay safe on the roads this winter. Before you travel The more prepared you are, the less stressful your journey is likely to be. Of course, there’s a difference between nipping out to the local supermarket for groceries and traveling several...

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6 Good Reasons to Buy an Electric Car

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Adverts for new cars have been around for as long as we can remember. Television commercials, roadside billboards, glossy magazines – all feature the latest models, urging us to check them out and upgrade. In recent times, though, the focus has changed. Automotive manufacturers are now as keen to promote the benefits of choosing an electric or hybrid vehicle as they are to showcase safety, comfort, and the latest optional extras. With the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the roads increasing – global sales topped 1.1 million during the first half of 2019 in the US alone, according to the Edison Electric Institute – it’s a trend that shows no sign of slowing. The introduction of more affordable models, such...

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9 Ways to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

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Most of us are already preparing for harsher weather as we move into the colder months of the year. Winter brings its own challenges for motorists, both on and off the road. Lower temperatures and wet conditions can take their toll, with electrical faults and mechanical issues rearing their heads. You can’t prevent every problem, of course, but you can take steps to reduce some of the risks. It’s a good idea to look after your vehicle anyway, but the last thing you want is a lengthy wait by the roadside until your breakdown service arrives – or the repair bill that comes afterwards. You could take your car to a garage for a pre-winter check and service, but if...

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