10 car safety checks for a long journey

10 car safety checks for a long journey

If you’re going on a long journey, the last thing you want is for your car to break down! These are 10 essential car safety checks you should always make before embarking. Engine Oil Your engine oil keeps your engine going and your car running smoothly. To check your engine oil, locate the dipstick under the bonnet and see where the oil comes up to. It’s very easy to top up the engine oil if needed, but make sure you use the right type from your handbook. Water Levels Every week you should check your coolant level. It should be between the minimum and maximum marks. Always check this when your engine is cold. If the weather is cold, it might be worth also checking your anti-freeze. Screenwash Not having suitable screenwash is actually against the law. You should keep your screenwash regularly topped…

What’s next for diesel cars?

What’s next for diesel cars?

Diesel cars have recently been demonised by headlines and news stories. All you hear about are new costs, emissions, and possible bans, but what’s the truth behind it all and why should you still be considering a diesel car? Why the government has changed its mind on diesel cars Opinions on diesel cars have seen a very big u-turn in terms of the official government position. On average, diesel cars have 20% lower CO2 emissions and a 20% better fuel economy in comparison to petrol cars. With the government attempting to attack the levels of pollution in our cities, there has been a big clamp on diesel cars. Diesel engines produce nitrogen oxides, which are a contributing factor to air pollution. This being said, car manufacturers are constantly improving emission standards on their cars. In fact, diesel cars from September 2015 are the cleanest…

How to maintain your tyre safety

How to maintain your tyre safety

Maintaining your tyre safety is imperative for your own wellbeing. If your tyres are damaged, you could be an accident just waiting to happen. On top of this, if your tyres aren’t legal, you could be facing a £2,500 fine and 3 penalty points, per tyre! To keep your tyres in tiptop shape, follow these safety checks. Tyre Tread The minimum legal tyre trend depth for cars in the UK is 1.6mm, however, some tyre experts believe tyres should be around 3mm for safety precautions. This is particularly important when it comes to difficult weather conditions. The difference in wet braking distance between a 3mm tread tyre and one at 1.6mm is 44%. Essentially, a tyre’s tread helps push water away from the tyre and road. The less tread depth, the less water than can be moved. This will increase your risk of aquaplaning….

What are the new changes to MOT tests?

What are the new changes to MOT tests?

The MOT specification is changing as of the 20th May 2018. Generally, the MOT test is becoming stricter in a number of areas. These changes will affect testing procedure and standards for MOT tests throughout England, Scotland, and Wales.

Why you need Adaptive Cruise Control

Why you need Adaptive Cruise Control

Cars are forever evolving with their tech-savvy ways, from driverless technology to automatic hands-free parking, cars really are taking a futuristic approach. The rapid development in technology associated with future concept cars is a very controversial development. Many people are excited and full of anticipation to bag them a relaxing, self-driven car while many argue that the true fun and enjoyment is being stripped away from driving. Finding the perfect balance of taking control with new technology is easy with adaptive cruise control technology. This is amazingly well suited to all types of driving, whether you want to take control and feel the power of the car, or on a long drive if you want to kick back and rest your legs. What is adaptive cruise control? Adaptive cruise control is really the early stages of autonomous driving; it is a significant step up…

3 easy vehicle maintenance jobs anyone can do

3 easy vehicle maintenance jobs anyone can do

Vehicle Servicing and maintenance worries start from the minute you purchase your car! Cars can be overwhelming and stressful to maintain and properly service. That’s why we have created this blog to give you our best support to make your maintenance and servicing process hassle free. How to avoid buying a car with endless faults Before you have even purchased your car, future maintenance and various mechanical concerns can spike worry, what if my clutch goes in a week, what if the tyres are too worn, the list goes on. A good precaution to take is to read through the full spec of the vehicle, checking for things like age and make/model. You too should be checking for service history and previous MOT certificates, this way you are learning the most about the car to prepare for future costs. 3 easy vehicle maintenance jobs…

How to get cheap car insurance

How to get cheap car insurance

Having already published our blog on ‘how to pass your theory test’, as promised we’re now going to show you our best tips, tricks and techniques to minimising your insurance costs! This blog is going to really help new drivers and particularly young drivers facing the outrageous prices of insurance. Whether you are thinking about buying a new car, have just passed your test or your insurance policy is due for renewal, car insurance can appear to be very startling. So we at Prestige have created our top tips and strategies to minimise these costs bringing your policy down to a much more reasonable and affordable price. Where to look for insurance policies There inevitably are tonnes of insurance company’s out their but finding and searching on the best ones can instantly bring your quotes down, below we have our top sites for you:…

How to pass your Theory Test

How to pass your Theory Test

Having clicked on this page I’m sure that you like many are in an overwhelming bundle of worry and stress surrounding passing that all-important theory test. However, you’re in the right place and have very little to worry about. What exactly is the theory test? In order to gain a full driving license within the UK you must first pass 2 separate tests; the first test is the theory test, which has to be completed prior to booking your final practical driving test. Your theory test takes place in a dedicated theory test center local to you, under exam conditions and is built up of 2 parts. The first part of the theory test is the questionnaire, styled as a test paper. You will answer a series of questions on a computer provided with a total of 50 marks up for grabs. In order…

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