Scrapping your car can be a tricky business, let us guide you through it
Last week, UK publisher Motoring Research revealed that there’s been a 14% drop in the number of cars being scrapped in January 2016 compared to January 2015. Combined with a staggering 65% drop in the price of scrap metal between March 2015 and March 2016, this all spells bad news for UK motorists who are hoping to get a return on their old vehicles. So what are your options if you’re want to scrap your car and invest in a new model? (more…)
Is the future electric? The rise of the electric car and what it means for the motoring industry
Earlier this month, on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show, Matthias Muller, CEO of the VW Group, discussed their electric future. As the company struggles to save it’s reputation after the shame of the emissions scandal, it seems they’ve decided that launching a range of eco-friendly electric cars is the way to turn things around. And they’re not the only company investing in a fully charged, electric future, as Google, Toyota, Prius and of course Tesla, are also in on the act. (more…)
Will removing road markings cause you to slow down, or cause chaos?
In 2014, Transport for London (TfL) removed the central white lines from a number of roads in London as part of an experiment that was inspired by Hans Monderman, a pioneering Dutch road traffic engineer who sadly died in 2008. According to Monderman’s research, leaving roads blank causes uncertainty for motorists, and as they are less sure of themselves, they slow down, thus reducing the average speed and lowering the number of accidents. The TfL study confirmed Monderman’s theory and speeds were reduced, in fact similar policies have proven that the speed of the average road user reduces by 13% in such circumstances. (more…)
Driverless Cars: Are they coming to a town near you?
According to Google, Tesla and even Renault, by 2020 there are going to be driverless cars on our streets. In fact, in some cities around England, driverless vehicles will be appearing as early as July this year. The pod-like cars, which are similar in design to the pods currently used to shuttle passengers around Heathrow Airport, will initially just drive on the pavements, and are going to be tested in Bristol, Coventry, Milton Keynes and the Greenwich Peninsula in London. The tests are being conducted in order to see how the vehicles work within the urban environment and in order to gauge public reaction. (more…)
Don’t get blown away: follow our windy weather advice and stay safe on the roads this winter
It’s proving to be a windy winter so far for much of the UK, especially with Storm Desmond determined to do his worst to houses and pedestrians. But while walking in strong winds comes with its own risks, driving in them is another matter entirely, and if you’re not careful it can prove life threatening.
If the wind is high and conditions look treacherous, it is best to avoid driving altogether, but if it is simply unavoidable there are a few precautions you can take in order to protect yourself from the elements. (more…)
Want to stay safe? Then stay off social media!
In a recent Institute for Advanced Motoring (IAM) survey, the first of its kind to be conducted about attitudes to safety culture, the IAM discovered that motorists now believe texting and social media are a bigger threat to their safety than drunk drivers. With so many people now online and available 24/7, the survey discovered that 77% of UK drivers believe that technology is having a bigger impact on driver distraction than it was just three years ago. (more…)
It’s all ‘appening at Andy’s Kars
Ask a question these days and you’ll more than likely be met with the response ‘there’s an app for that’. From dating to grocery shopping, via music and photography, apps are now fully integrated into our day-to-day life. As with most things though, separating the wheat from the chaff is essential if you want to work out which apps are benefiting your life and which are useless white noise. Candy Crush for example isn’t going to help you get a discount on your car insurance, but it might make your commute to work pass a bit quicker. Though if its addictive nature starts to impact on the rest of your day, you might want to reconsider its worth. (more…)
Accidents happen, so here’s what to do if you’re in one
We might not like to think about it every time we get in the car, but as the old saying goes, “accidents happen” and it’s better if you’re prepared in advance, and know what to do if you find yourself caught up in one. If you’re involved in an accident with another vehicle, whether it’s a motorbike, car, van or lorry, there are certain things that you are legally obliged to do. Firstly, and hopefully most obviously, stop! Many people are still arrested every year for driving away from accidents, and in all likelihood you will be caught and may be prosecuted if you try to do this, as failing to stop is an offence under the Road Traffic Act. The urge for flight may come naturally at times, but if the accident is proven to be your fault, you’re likely to be given more lenient treatment if you’ve stuck around than if you ran away from the scene. (more…)
Why extending the MOT period to four years is bad news for Britain
Before we discuss the proposed MOT changes that the government is seeking to introduce, we’d like to share some great news with you about some MOT testers of our own. Tim O’Flynn and Andrew Youle have both just passed their MOT testers courses; a fantastic achievement in itself, and not forgetting that Tim is blind in one eye and Andrew is autistic. We’d like you to join us in giving our warmest congratulations to both of these young men, who will both add enormous amounts to the motor industry. Now, on to the serious stuff… (more…)
MOT Tests and Cloud Storage: what does it mean for mechanics?
From September this year, the DVSA’s method of recording and storing MOT tests is going to change dramatically. After years of falling behind the digital times, the DVSA has decided that it is time to move to a new web-based service that will see all test data transferred to cloud software. Currently, all MOT tests are stored on the VTS Device, a computer that is located in the MOT Test Centre. This year however, the DVSA’s contract with ATOS, the provider who licenses its computer software, will come to an end, meaning that they are free to switchover to new technology and a web-based system. (more…)