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Driving in Germany

Driving in Germany

As football fans gear up for the Euro 2024 Tournament, many English and Scottish fans will be heading to Germany in their droves to support their teams. Sorry Wales and Northern Ireland. Even with all the excitement of the upcoming tournament, it's essential to familiarise yourself with the local driving laws, documentation requirements, speed limits, and parking rules. 

Oxford Clean Air Zone

Oxford Zero Emission Zone

Oxford has taken a significant step towards reducing city air pollution with the implementation of the Zero Emission Zone. This initiative - also known as ZEZ - launched as a pilot scheme in February 2022, with a further expansion of the areas affected proposed to come into effect in August 2025.

Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Clean Air Zone: Overview Guide

Does Bristol have a Clean Air Zone? Yes, it does. Since November 20022, the Bristol Clean Air Zone (CAZ) has been operational. It encompasses a portion of the city where air quality has historically been recorded as being poor - primarily down to vehicular emissions. Particularly from diesel engines.

Portsmouth Clean Air Zone: Everything You Need to Know

Portsmouth Clean Air Zone: Everything You Need to Know

Portsmouth's Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is an initiative launched on 29 November 2021 to combat air pollution in the city. The aim is to improve air quality by charging certain vehicles that don't meet specific emissions standards.

Bath Clean Air Zone: Everything You Need to Know

Bath Clean Air Zone: Everything You Need to Know

The Bath Clean Air Zone (CAZ) was launched on March 15, 2021. The scheme was introduced with the aim of improving air quality by charging high-emission vehicles that enter the city centre.

Driving in Italy

Driving in Italy: Your Ultimate Guide

From the rolling hills of Tuscany to the rugged coastlines of the Amalfi Coast, Italy is a driver's delight. However, to ensure your journey is both enjoyable and compliant with local laws, it's essential to be informed about the driving regulations, requirements, and nuances of Italian road travel.

Celebrating The Biggest Black Circle: 8 spots to catch the Solar Eclipse in the UK

Celebrating The Biggest Black Circle: 8 spots to catch the Solar Eclipse in the UK

Only a partial eclipse will be visible from the UK. The first part of the eclipse is visible from here because the sun will set before the eclipse reaches its maximum phase. So, where can you catch a look?

Best Cars Under 30K

DIY Day 2024: Top 10 DIY Fixes To Save Money On Your Car

Embrace the spirit of DIY Day 2024 with our essential guide to car repairs you can do at home. Learn how to handle common vehicle issues with confidence and save a bundle on mechanic fees. From simple maintenance to more intricate fixes, we'll show you how to keep your car running smoothly without breaking the bank.

CAZ: What You Need to Know About UK Clean Air Zones

CAZ: What You Need to Know About UK Clean Air Zones

Some cities focus more on commercial vehicles (such as Bath) while others charge private cars. For more information visit the clean air zone information on the Government website, or the low emission zones Scotland website.

Van size comparison

Van Size Comparison: Choosing the Best Van Tyres

Whether it's you have a nimble small panel van or a sturdy box van, when it comes to buying new van tyres, it is important to understand the nuances of what makes a tyre suitable for different sizes of van.

Understanding Vauxhall Corsa Tyre Pressure

Understanding Vauxhall Corsa Tyre Pressure

Figuring out the right Vauxhall Corsa tyre pressure might seem tricky, especially with so many different variants and tyre choices out there. But it's crucial to get it right for your Vauxhall Corsa, both for the car's performance and your safety on the road.

Tyre Fixing Near Me - Why Opting for New Tyres is Safer

Tyre Fixing Near Me - Why Opting for New Tyres is Safer

While the convenience of a quick repair might be tempting, understanding the risks associated with fixed tyres and the advantages of new tyre replacements is crucial for your safety and the vehicle's longevity.

How Do You Connect A Phone To A Car

How Do You Connect A Phone To A Car

This guide takes you through the steps of connecting your phone to your car, explores the features and benefits of Apple CarPlay, addresses common questions, and ensures you are well-informed about the UK's laws regarding phone use in cars.

Driving in the United Kingdom: A Guide to Navigating the Roads

Driving in the United Kingdom: A Guide to Navigating the Roads

For those driving in the United Kingdom, it is not just a country; it's a tapestry of history, culture, and diverse landscapes. Each of its four constituent countries – England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – offers a unique driving experience that mirrors its distinct identity.

Driving in the United Kingdom: A Guide to Navigating the Roads

Driving in the United Kingdom: A Guide to Navigating the Roads

For those driving in the United Kingdom, it is not just a country; it's a tapestry of history, culture, and diverse landscapes. Each of its four constituent countries – England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – offers a unique driving experience that mirrors its distinct identity.

All season vs winter vs summer tyres

All season vs Winter vs Summer tyres

Which is right for you? Is it a summer, winter or all-season tyres? Let's have a look at the different options to see which type of tyre best suits your needs, type of vehicle and climate.

Drink Driving on New Years: The Dangers and How to Avoid Them

Drink Driving on New Years: The Dangers and How to Avoid Them

Each year, countless accidents occur due to impaired driving, leading to tragic outcomes. It's crucial to understand the risks and take proactive steps to avoid them. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to stay safe and prevent drink driving this New Year's Day.

Driving Abroad with UK Licence: A Quick Guide

How to Defrost a Car Quickly

It is very easy to rush getting your car defrosted, particularly when you are running late for something and needing to leave as soon as possible. Improper defrosting of your vehicle is dangerous, which is why it is crucial to know how to defrost your car.

Driving Abroad with UK Licence: A Quick Guide

Driving Abroad with UK Licence: A Quick Guide

Are you considering an international road trip? Exciting as it may be, it's important to understand the rules of driving abroad with your UK licence. Different countries might have varying rules and requirements. Including local speed limits, traffic laws, and driving license validity.

Tyre Care in Extreme Weather Conditions

Tyre Care in Extreme Weather Conditions

In the United Kingdom, the seasons are renowned for their unpredictable nature. Presenting a diverse range of weather conditions that can transform within a matter of days… sometimes even hours.

What to Do with Used Tyres

What to Do with Used Tyres

Having anything that you don’t have use of anymore can be a burden to have lying around, taking up space no matter where you decide to store them. When it comes to tyres, however, there are many things to do with them once they’ve been used.

What to do when you are locked out of your car

What To Do When You Are Locked Out of Your Car

Have you ever had that heart-sinking moment when you realize your car keys are on the wrong side of a locked door? In this guide we go through the different options you have to try and gain entry back into your car.

Driving home for Christmas checklist

Driving Home For Christmas: A Festive Checklist

Whilst Christmas may be a time of celebration and togetherness, for some it does mean travelling. There are many factors to considering when driving home for Christmas, so why don’t we run through some of them today.

Car prep for winter

Car Prep for Winter: For Safe Driving

Instead of fretting about the coming cold weather and how it affects the roads, make sure you prepare your car for winter. With shorter days and dark, cold nights, the change from autumn to winter acts as a perfect reminder to carry out some essential checks on your car.

Buying a Used Car - A Comprehensive Guide

Buying a Used Car - A Comprehensive Guide

The second-hand car market is a big landscape - one filled with opportunities. Whether you're a seasoned car buyer or you are looking to buy a car for the first time, this guide is designed to empower you. To give you the knowledge that is required to make an informed decision.

How to Jump Start a Car

How to Jump Start a Car

When, or if a flat car battery ever happens to you, it is important to know how to bring your car battery back to life. How do you jump start a car you may ask? Let’s explore that today and find out how to go about doing it.

Black Friday Birmingham

Black Friday Birmingham: A Guide To Deals & Offers

Each year in Birmingham, Black Friday casts a transformative spell over the city's shopping landscape. Although it started as a post-Thanksgiving tradition in the U.S.A. - Black Friday has, over the past decade, become a global sensation.

Driving in a Snowstorm (Winter Driving Tips)

Driving in a Snowstorm (Winter Driving Tips)

Particularly in the UK, there is a possibility that you might have to drive in a snowstorm. Therefore, it is important to understand how to tackle this dangerous driving condition, to make sure you have the safest possible journey to your destination.

Black Friday Glasgow: 2023 Deals

Black Friday Glasgow: 2023 Deals

Each year the shops of Glasgow embrace Black Friday. Immersing themselves in shopping fervour. What first started as a post-Thanksgiving sale in the U.S.A, has become a regular global phenomenon. It is very much an annual event in the retail calendars of many shops and local businesses in Scotland.

How to clean your car

How to clean your car: our guide to late autumn car cleaning

As the vivid colours of summer give way to the golden hues of autumn, car owners face a unique set of challenges when it comes to keeping their vehicles clean and maintained. Autumn in the UK brings with it the whimsical dance of falling leaves, crisp mornings, and the anticipation of winter's chill.

OEM: What Does it Mean?

OEM: What Does it Mean?

Also referred to as ‘OE tyres’, OEM tyres will be a common term used relating to both tyre and car manufacturers, whether it be in press releases, tyre sidewalls, or vehicle handbooks. But what does OEM mean? And how does this apply to your car and tyres?

Tyre Safety: Everything you need to know

Tyre Safety: Everything you need to know

Your car's tyres are its only point of contact with the road, making them one of the most crucial components for your safety on the road. Neglecting proper tyre maintenance and safety checks can result in serious consequences, both for your wallet and your well-being.

Dashboard Symbols

Understanding Car Dashboard Symbols

It can sometimes be an alarming moment when unfamiliar car dashboard symbols come to light, with some of the warning lights creating cause for concern for motorists. To understand these warning lights, explore this article to give yourself a better idea of what these symbols mean and what to do when they show.

Driving in Egypt

Driving in Egypt 2023: A Guide for the Adventurous

As Egypt's landscapes unfold before you, it's essential to be well-prepared to embark on a journey that intertwines history, culture, and the thrill of the open road

Driving in France 2023

Driving in France 2023: Your Ultimate Guide

If you're planning a road trip to France this summer - use our guide to ensure that you are aware of the many nuances of driving in France, compared to the UK.

How to Check a Car

How to Check a Car's MOT History

When it comes to buying a used car, having access to its history is crucial for making an informed decision. But how do you check your car's MOT history?

What oil does my car need?

What Oil Does My Car Need?

Having the correct type of oil in your engine is particularly important for the maintenance of your car. Whilst electric vehicles do not need oil for the car to run smoothly, all diesel/petrol cars need lubricant for their engine.

Choosing bike tyres

How to Choose the Best Tyres for Your Vehicle

Choosing the right tyres for your vehicle directly impacts your safety, driving experience and the overall performance of your vehicle. Tyres are the only part of your car that come into contact with the road. As such, they are instrumental in the handling, braking, and stability of your car.

Choosing bike tyres

Choosing the Best Tyres for Your Bicycle

Whether you're a casual cyclist or a passionate bike enthusiast, selecting the best bicycle tyres for your bike is key to a care-free and enjoyable experience.

Choosing tyres

A Guide to Choosing the Right Tyres: Premium, Mid-Range, or Budget?

Whether you're an experienced driver or a new car owner, selecting the ideal tyres for your vehicle can feel overwhelming. With a wide range of options available, such as premium, mid-range, or budget tyres - making the right choice is crucial.

Car dashboard on a motorway

Understanding Stopping Distances

When it comes to road safety, few things are as crucial as understanding your vehicle's stopping distances. The ability to come to a halt in a controlled and timely manner can mean the difference between a near miss and a catastrophic collision.

How to Change a Tyre

How to Change a Tyre

A tyre puncture can be a very stressful situation for most motorists. However, understanding how to properly change a car tyre can significantly lower your stress levels, should you need to carry out the task.

Pot Hole Claims

A Guide to Pothole Claims For Tyres

We’ve all been there, driving along happily when all of a sudden BANG! Potholes seemingly come from nowhere and cause us road users all sorts of trouble. This guide will help to make sense of claiming for the tyre damage.

Uneven tyre wear

The Impact of Underinflated Tyres on Your Car

Underinflated car tyres can have a significant impact on both your car's performance and your bank balance. It's not just about safety - driving with underinflated tyres can lead to accelerated wear, compromised handling, an uncomfortable driving experience, reduced durability and increased fuel and battery usage.

Uneven tyre wear

Causes of Uneven Tyre Wear

There are several reasons why your car tyres might be wearing down unevenly or excessively...

Tyre Pressure: Understanding BAR and PSI

Tyre Pressure: Understanding BAR and PSI

Proper tyre pressure is essential for safe and efficient driving, but many people are unsure of the differences between BAR and PSI. To properly look after and maintain your car tyres, it is important to understand tyre pressure and the different ways in which you can measure the pressure.

Tyre pressure guide

A Tyre Pressure Guide

Maintaining proper tyre pressure is crucial for the safety of you and your passengers. Proper tyre pressure helps improve fuel efficiency, increase the life of your tyres, and provides better handling and stability on the road.

MOT Checklist

Essential Checks for Your Vehicle To Get MOT Test Ready

As the date for your car's MOT test approaches, it's essential to ensure that your vehicle is in optimal condition to pass the inspection. While some checks may require the expertise of a professional mechanic, there are still several things that you, as the car owner, can do to give your car the best chance of passing the test.

EV tyres guide

Your guide to buying EV tyres

As more and more motorists choose to invest in electric vehicles (EVs), we wanted to highlight the main points to consider when it comes time to buy new EV tyres. Our guide takes you through key points to consider, to ensure you choose the right tyres for you and your vehicle.

Check your tyres

Driving tips for winter 2022

As the weather changes, your driving style should adapt to suit it. Make sure to keep a safe distance from vehicles in front - stopping distances in winter conditions can increase up to ten times.

Check your tyres

Tyre basics - how do I check my tyres?

Every year, thousands of people are involved in accidents that were caused by under-inflated tyres or worn-out car tyres. That's why it's so important to keep your car tyres in good condition and ensure they're safe for driving.

Road trip

How looking after your tyres can save you money

Keeping a close eye on your tyres and carrying out quick and simple maintenance, can help to optimise their performance and therefore save you money in the long run.

Road trip

Should I buy All Season Tyres or Summer Tyres?

During the summer months, when the weather is at its best, one question that motorists may find occurring is whether they should buy all season tyres or summer tyres - thinking ahead to the rest of the year.

Road trip

How to Plan The Perfect UK Road Trip

A good road trip is one of the most loved types of holidays there is - but road trip planning can be tricky - especially if you don't know where to start or what to do. Before you set out on your road trip, make sure that you have carefully planned everything and thought through all aspects of your journey for a stress-free adventure.

Road trip

5 Safety Checks For Your Car Before A Road Trip

With more than one UK Bank Holiday on the horizon, thoughts inevitably turn to the fun road trips you have planned. Before setting off on your journey, we urge drivers to take the time to ensure their vehicle is prepared and ready for long drives.

Recycling tyres

4 Unusual Uses for Old Tyres

Each year over 1 billion tyres are manufactured across the globe. The average lifespan of a tyre ranges anywhere from a matter of months to 5 years. So, there are a lot of car tyres that require recycling.

Spring Cleaning tips

Prepare Your Caravan For Spring

Before you awake your pride and joy from its long slumber, there are several key checks you should make – in order to ensure it is ready for the next adventure.

Spring Cleaning tips

Do Electric Vehicles Need Specific EV Tyres?

There is nothing more satisfying than driving an electric car... so I am told. The power is right there at your fingertips (or is it foot-tips?), making any journey fun and exciting - unless stuck in traffic.

Spring Cleaning tips

Get Your Car Ready for Spring

Spring is here and that means preparing your car for some Springtime driving. From car maintenance to spring cleaning, we have some top tips to get your car ready after the cold winter months.

Daily commute tips

5 Top Tips To Prepare Your Car (& You) For The Daily Commute

Now that the working from home advice has been withdrawn in England, people all over the country are facing the prospect of returning to the daily commute.

Winter driving tips

Winter Driving Tips – 2021

The usual prediction of snow and ice seems to be on its way to hit the UK - with drivers are sure to have their skills put to the test. To help you out, we’ve put together this list of things you can do to make driving safer and easier in the cold weather.

What are run flat tyres

What Are Run Flat Tyres?

Well, that is a good question, we’re glad you asked. Run Flat tyres are constructed so, in the event of a sudden loss of air pressure, the tyre is still functional and can be driven on for a limited amount of time.

Tyre safety

Tyre Safety Month: The Importance of Looking After Your Tyres

yres are your car’s only contact with the road surface. If these important components of a vehicle are overlooked for maintenance and safety checks, the results can be dangerous.

Fully fitted tyres

Customer Questions: What Does Fully Fitted Tyres Mean?

In a recent TrustPilot review, one of our customers was incredibly happy with the service, but fed back that some terms could be explained more clearly. So, today we are going to answer that question, what does fully fitted mean?

Summer driving tips

Top Tips for Driving in Adverse Summer Weather

To put it mildly, the weather in the UK is temperamental. Even during the summer months, we are not guaranteed to enjoy favourable conditions.

Part flat tyres

Should You Buy Part Worn Tyres?

Part worn tyres may, on the face of it, seem like a cheaper alternative. However, part worn tyres can also be a potential accident waiting to happen.

When to change tyres

When should I change my tyres?

Tyres are an extremely important part of your car – being the only section in contact with the road and carrying the entire weight of your vehicle.

UK tyre law

UK Tyre Law

Tyre law in the UK is fairly straight forward with only a few rules to follow. While being simple it’s also extremely important to ensure you are within the law – not just to avoid hefty fines or MOT failures but to keep yourself and other road users safe.

Cold tyre pressures

Tyre Pressures in Cold Weather

As the temperature gets colder, driving becomes increasingly difficult and less safe than in warmer weather. This means it’s a more important time than ever to ensure your car is as safe as can be.

Winter tyre test 2020

Finding the Right Tyres for your Car

Load ratings, speed ratings, sidewall aspect ratios; finding the right tyres for your car can be a real minefield if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Even once you know your size there can be so many options available but which one should you choose?

How to check your tread depth

How To Check Your Tread Depth

Checking the tread depth of a tyre is one of the easiest and quickest things you can do and could save you a small fortune in the long run – it could also save your life!

Caravan tyres

Caravan Tyres: How to Check the Age and Condition

Just like your car, the tyres on your caravan are extremely important in keeping you safe on the roads. It is important to make sure that before attaching it to your tow bar that you check the age and condition of the tyres

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