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What Not To Do When Your Car Gets Scratched

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As well as getting us from A to B, our cars are an extension of who we are. So that moment when you spot a scratch on your paintwork triggers a range of emotions – it’s annoying, upsetting and sometimes (if you have no idea how it’s happened) puzzling. You might be angry at yourself for a careless maneuver or concerned the damage will affect the value of your vehicle if you’re planning on selling it. However they happened, there are a few things you shouldn’t do when there are scratches on your car. Ignore them It’s tempting to leave them, especially if they’re not that bad. Once the initial irritation has faded, you might think they’re not that noticeable...

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Think Bike! How to Drive Safely Around Cyclists

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You might have noticed more bikes on the roads in recent times. Cycling is increasingly popular, both as a hobby and a mode of everyday transport. Some people want to live a greener lifestyle or have had enough of sitting in queues of traffic on the daily commute. For others it’s their exercise of choice in a bid to get fit and healthy, or a way to wind down at weekends. As motorists, it means taking extra care while driving to avoid accidents. Yes, there are rules of the road for cyclists too and it’s important they follow them to keep themselves and their bicycles out of trouble. But in a collision between the average car and a bike, the...

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4 Tips for Towing Trailers and Caravans Safely

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There’s an art to towing a trailer or caravan safely – it’s not as simple as hooking up and driving off.  Whether you’re planning to go caravanning this summer or even if you’ve just borrowed a trailer to dispose of garden rubbish, there are laws and safety measures to bear in mind. Take a look at our guide to towing, and make sure you stay safe when you hit the road. Keep an eye on your load There are rules when it comes to how much weight you’re allowed to tow with your vehicle. You’ll need to check the exact regulations depending on which country you live in, but generally the loaded weight of our caravan or trailer shouldn’t be...

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9 Great Father’s Day Gifts for Dads Who Like Cars

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It’s not long until Father’s Day – the time to spoil your dad and show him just how much you appreciate him. It can be surprisingly hard to find the ideal gift, though. If you’re still searching for inspiration, check out our suggestions – we’ve got some great Father’s Day gift ideas for car fans. Car-shaped survival tool Whose doesn’t love a multi-purpose gadget? This car-shaped version is a real winner. It includes a knife edge, saw blade, bottle opener, can opener, two wrenches, screwdriver, ruler and more, and it’s made from 420 stainless steel. A new toolbox Where does your dad keep his tools? Smarten up his current storage by buying him a new toolbox. A sturdy cantilever design...

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Introducing StopThatScratch – The Easiest Way to Protect Your Bike

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Never ones to rest on our laurels, we’ve had a busy few months developing our new range. It’s time to introduce StopThatScratch, the simple way to protect bicycles from scratches and scuffs. Cycling is increasingly popular, both as a leisure activity and a way to get fit. More people are also using bicycles as an everyday mode of transport as they try to reduce their carbon footprint and use cars less frequently. It’s estimated there are already more than two billion bikes in use around the world, and that figure is expected to rise to five billion by 2050. Whatever your cycling habits, being out on the roads exposes your bike to wear and tear. Loose stone chips, high curbs and...

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8 Ways To Be a Greener Driver (And Save Money)

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However committed we are to caring for the environment, it’s an undeniable truth that the car is an essential part of life for most of us. Some industry analysts estimate there are more than 1.4 billion vehicles on the world’s roads, a number that is only expected to increase. The effects of so many vehicles on the planet are well-documented, and car manufacturers have begun to focus on electric and hybrid models as a result. Governments too are bringing in laws to make motoring more eco-friendly; in the UK, for example, no new cars powered solely by petrol or diesel will be sold from 2030. While choosing to buy an electric or hybrid car is the obvious way to become...

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How to Check and Top Up Your Car’s Engine Oil

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Knowing how to check and top up engine oil is an essential car maintenance task for every motorist. It’s also simple to do – you can take care of it yourself at home in a matter of minutes. If you’ve recently bought a second-hand car privately, you might not know when the oil was last changed. In that case, we’d suggest you err on the side of caution and ask your regular garage to do an oil and filter change. This is also something that should be carried out as part of your vehicle’s annual service. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to check your oil every few weeks – set a reminder on your phone or write it on your...

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April is Car Care Month – Show Yours Some Love

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While we all know we should look after our cars, it’s easy to let things slide. If we’re busy, tired and focused on other priorities, then as long as it starts ok we don’t worry too much. That’s why Car Care Month is important – it’s a good reminder to look after our vehicles. Car Care Month takes place every April. It was introduced by the US Car Care Council as a way of encouraging motorists to take better care of their cars but has since spread further afield. The organisation’s executive director, Rich White, says that keeping on top of routine maintenance not only ensures your car is reliable and safe to drive, it also helps avoid more costly...

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The Must-Have Features on Your Next New Car

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Whether it’s fresh out of the showroom or pre-owned, buying a new car is undeniably exciting. Comparing features and choosing which make and model you’ll get is half the fun. But it can be confusing, too, with a bewildering array of accessories and add-ons to consider. The more features you choose, the higher the cost of your vehicle, so while it’s tempting to go for them all it makes sense to work out what’s really necessary. While your specific needs will determine your final choice, we’ve rounded up some of the features you should consider when looking for your next new car. Essential safety features Keeping yourself safe while driving should be your primary concern when choosing a new car....

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Why Waxing Your Car in Spring is a Good Idea

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As signs of spring begin to appear, it’s time to wash away the last of the rock salt and prepare your car for brighter days. The winter weather can take its toll on your vehicle’s condition and appearance, so it’s time to dispense some TLC. As well as giving it a thorough clean inside and out, waxing your car in spring is a wise move. There are still seasonal factors to consider that can adversely affect your vehicle, and waxing will help combat them. Why wax your car? A coat of wax adds a protective layer, shielding your paintwork against extreme weather conditions. While many of us look forward to warmer temperatures, it still rains a lot in the spring....

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