3 top tips for the drive to Le Mans

3 top tips for the drive to Le Mans

Le Mans is one of the most iconic sport car races in Europe. One of the most prestigious races in the world, the 25 Heures du Mans is an exciting weekend for all car lovers. The weekend always starts with the pilgrimage to northern France for Brits as the atmosphere builds.

Everything you need to know about Smart Motorways

Everything you need to know about Smart Motorways

Smart motorways are becoming more frequent around Britain, but what do they actually mean and how should you be driving on them.

Changes to Car Tax in 2018

Changes to Car Tax in 2018

In April 2018, new car tax regulations were introduced and there has been an overhaul of the UK’s system for taxing cars. The Government has constantly revised and updated UK vehicle tax to reflect the buying habits of the population. These VED changes are coming in after the previous increase only a year ago. In the 2017 Autumn budget, the cost of car tax was increased significantly for thousands of drivers. There were also strict rules for diesel cars introduced. However, this year’s tax changes have strengthened the rules for diesel cars, in an attempt to clamp down on highly polluting cars on the road. Drivers of diesel cars that do not meet a pre-determined emissions standard will have to pay a band higher car tax than they are currently paying. Diesel cars will have to meet the real-world driving emissions standards. This means…

Automotive Technician Job

Automotive Technician Job

Join the Prestige Team as an automotive technician. We are looking for a full or part-time technician. Experience for this role is required and MOT tester is preferred. This position will be commensurate with industry wage standards. To apply for this great opportunity, email [email protected]

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.

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