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Best Cars for Family of 5
21/05/2024

Best Cars for Family of 5

Family cars aren’t hard to come by these days, with it not only SUVs that are regarded as good family cars – hatchbacks have also steaked claim to being some of the most reliable and practical family vehicles on the market. Having an outlook on what the best cars are for a family of 5 is important to garner, which is what we’re here to do in this article today.

20mph speed limit across the uk
17/05/2024

20mph Speed Limit Across the UK

Over the past few years, you will have no doubt noticed the increasing number of 20mph speed limits are becoming common across many cities in England, Scotland, and Wales. The introduction of these 20mph limits have been put in place in a bid to improve road safety, reduce accidents, and encourage more walking and cycling. 

International Hot Wheels Day
15/05/2024

International Hot Wheels Day

At Blackcircles.com, while we're known for supplying top-notch tyres for your real-life rides, but today we shift gears to celebrate the iconic miniature cars that have sparked the imaginations of millions.

Aberdeen Low Emission Zone: Your LEZ Guide
02/05/2024

Aberdeen Low Emission Zone: Your LEZ Guide

Aberdeen were introduced to the concept of a Low Emission Zone on May 31st, 2022. Therefore, it’s important to outline what the fines are for being non-compliant, where the LEZ is located in Aberdeen, and how to find out if your vehicle is compliant or not to drive in the vicinity of a Low Emission Zone.

Would You Learn to Drive in an Electric Vehicle
29/04/2024

Would You Learn to Drive in an Electric Vehicle

A recent survey created by Griderve, it was found that nearly half of learner drivers would prefer lessons in electric vehicles (EVs). However, only one in seven are able to find instructors with an EV.

Birmingham CAZ: Everything you need to know
18/04/2024

Birmingham CAZ: Everything you need to know

As of April 2021, the City of Birmingham has had a Clean Air Zone (CAZ), an area in which there are regulations in place to tackle air pollution. But what are Clean Air Zones? And how does it affect motoring throughout Birmingham? Let’s explore that today.

moped-vs-scooter-vs-electric-scooter-tyre
17/04/2024

What is the difference between a moped, scooter & electric scooter tyre

Moped, scooter and electric scooter tyres may at first glance appear to be one and the same. However, there are some subtle differences between these vehicles, which can mean that a person could order the wrong type in error.

Bradford CAZ: Your Guide to Clean Air Zones
17/04/2024

Bradford CAZ: Your Guide to Clean Air Zones

Bradford was introduced to their own Clean Air Zone (CAZ) back in September 2022. Since then, there has been slight restrictions for specific drivers within the City of Bradford, that we will be covering here today.

Best Cars for 17-Year-Olds 2024
15/04/2024

Best Cars for 17-Year-Olds 2024

Even if finally being able to drive is an exciting prospect, it can also be stressful to find that first new car. That’s what we’re here to do today, with this article outlining some of the best cars for 17-year-olds.

Glasgow LEZ: Your Low Emission Zone Guide
08/04/2024

Glasgow LEZ: Your Low Emission Zone Guide

The city of Glasgow was introduced to LEZ on May 31st, 2022, with plans of full enforcement being executed June 1st, 2023. With the full enforcement of LEZ in Glasgow being in full effect, it’s important to know the details and how it affects motoring within the city.

Best Cars Under 20K
05/04/2024

Best Cars Under 20K

There has never been more options out there, including ones that are under the £20,000 price bracket. Whilst these cars may not be deemed luxury, a lot of these vehicles are still tipped as good options to go for when looking for that next ride. Today, we will cover our top picks for the best new cars that cost under £20K.

Best Cars Under 30K
01/04/2024

Best Cars Under 30K

If you are fortunate enough to have a budget of £30,000 or less, the options are endless. This article will help decipher the best cars under £30K on the market today.

Understanding Ford Focus Tyre Pressure
29/03/2024

Understanding Ford Focus Tyre Pressure

Determining the correct tyre pressure for a Ford Focus can be a bit of a puzzle, given the range of models and tyre options available. However, it’s essential for both the vehicle's performance and your safety while driving.

Best Camping Vehicles
22/03/2024

Best Camping Vehicles

If you’re planning a camping trip, ideally you would need a practical car to store all your camping gear in whilst making your way to your destination and/or parked up. That’s why we’re here today, as we outline our top picks for the best vehicles for camping.

Low Emission Zones Scotland
22/03/2024

Low Emission Zones Scotland

In Scotland, the introduction of Low Emission Zones (LEZs) in key cities has marked a pivotal stride in trying to create healthier urban environments. These zones, which are in force throughout the year are hoped by the Government to symbolise Scotland's commitment to improving air quality.

ULEZ Check: Is my car ULEZ compliant?
21/03/2024

ULEZ Check: Is my car ULEZ compliant?

If you're wondering, "Is my car ULEZ compliant?" here's what you need to know.

What is the difference between LEZ, ULEZ & CAZ?
18/03/2024

What is the difference between LEZ, ULEZ & CAZ?

Various areas across the UK have had their motoring lives changed recently following the inclusions of Low Emission Zones (LEZ), Ultra-low Emission Zones (ULEZ), and Clean Air Zones (CAZ). So, what does this mean for certain areas in the UK? And what are the differences between these three zones? That’s what we will cover in this article today.

Edinburgh LEZ: Everything you need to know
11/03/2024

Edinburgh LEZ: Everything you need to know

The date is May 31st, 2022, and the city of Edinburgh has just been introduced to an all-new Low Emission Zone (LEZ). The purpose of the introduction of LEZ being present in the centre of Edinburgh was to contribute to reducing negative emissions within the capital city of Scotland.

Cars with the Best MPG 2024
08/03/2024

Cars with the Best MPG 2024

Much like electric vehicles having the best range, petrol/diesel cars that have the higher number in MPG are generally considered some of the strongest cars regarding fuel economy. Today, we will cover some of the best cars on the market when focusing on the vehicle’s MPG.

Best Electric Vehicles with the Longest Range 2024
01/03/2024

Best Electric Vehicles with the Longest Range 2024

Electric vehicles have taken the automotive world by storm over the past few years, offering motorists an alternative to traditional diesel/petrol cars. This article will shine a light on some of the best electric vehicles that have great range and are attainable to the general EV buyer in 2024.

Audi BHP: A Guide to BHP in Audi Models
01/03/2024

Audi BHP: A Guide to BHP in Audi Models

Audi, the German car manufacturer known for blending luxury with performance, offers a wide range of models that cater to various tastes and needs. Understanding Audi BHP gives you a glimpse into the heart of their engineering excellence.

Best Family Cars
15/02/2024

Best Family Cars

When you have a family, small or large, it is important to have a practical car that can take your loved ones from A to B. Our top picks in this article will give you a broad outlook on what family-friendly vehicles to consider.

Best Cars Under 50K
13/02/2024

Best Cars Under 50K

If you are in the fortunate position of having a budget of £50,000 for your next car, there is no denying the excellent range of options you have at your disposal. Let's explore what those best options are for cars under £50k.

Best cars for insurance for young drivers
29/01/2024

Best Cars to Insure for Young Drivers

After passing your driving test, the next step is to find that first car that’s best for you. This process can be exciting, but can be equally as stressful. Today, we will be covering the best cars for cheap insurance, giving you a good outlook on what cars to consider.

What is the effect of low emission zones?
26/01/2024

What is the effect of low emission zones?

Low Emission Zones (LEZs) have been a topic of robust discussion, with varied viewpoints on their impact on air quality and business operations. In September 2023, a discussion on our Facebook page revealed a spectrum of sentiments, from scepticism and frustration to adaptive strategies and acceptance.

Guide to Tesla
12/01/2024

Your Guide to All Things Tesla

The automotive world is not just evolving; it's undergoing a thrilling transformation right before our eyes. This is the exhilarating landscape where Tesla, a name synonymous with revolutionary change, makes its mark.

Best First Cars for New Drivers 2024 article
11/01/2024

Best First Cars for New Drivers 2024

Getting your first car is one of the most memorable and important moments of your life. New drivers, both old and young, will always want that perfect car to kickstart their new life on the roads. Explore our top picks of the best cars you should consider for starting your very first car.

Car Brand and Model Anniversaries of 2024 article
08/01/2024

Car Brand and Model Anniversaries of 2024

As the new year is now underway, it is sometimes good to reflect back on some historic, important, or personal anniversaries of the year of 2024. These include car brands and models from around the world, so let's take a look and see what ones are celebrating anniversaries in 2024.

What to Buy a Car Lover for Christmas
13/12/2023

Gifts for Car Lovers

With Christmas only a few weeks away, it’s time to check your list (twice of course) and make sure you have everything you need for your loved ones.

Car Price Prediction 2024 (Will Prices Drop or Rise)
06/12/2023

Car Price Prediction 2024 (Will Prices Drop or Rise)

Predicting car prices for 2024 can be complex, thanks to the many factors that can influence the market. However, based on current analysis and expert opinions, it is likely that car prices will remain relatively stable in 2024. With a potential, gradual decline - compared to the peak levels seen in 2023.

New Cars Brands Coming in 2024
28/11/2023

New Cars Brands Coming in 2024

In the dynamic landscape of the UK car market, 2024 promises an influx of new car brands and models. Heralding a shift towards greater diversity and innovation. This surge is notably led by Chinese and American manufacturers. A testament to the global appeal of the UK market.

UK Autumn Statement 2023 – A Boost For Motorists?
23/11/2023

UK Autumn Statement 2023 – A Boost For Motorists?

The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, announced the Autumn Statement of 2023, outlining intent for all areas regarding the Conservative manifesto. Drivers in the UK may be wondering what these policies entail, and how it may impact motoring across the country - let's find out what it means.

Cost of living crisis and tyres
21/11/2023

Tyres During The Cost of Living Crisis

The cost of living has not gone away. It continues to assert itself on people across the globe. Many people are feeling the pinch, now more than ever. As prices for essentials like food and energy continue to remain high, families struggle.

Joining a Caravan & Motorhome Club
13/11/2023

Joining a Caravan & Motorhome Club

Joining a caravan & motorhome club gives a sense of community and life experiences for people that have a passion for travel, comfort, and socialising. Ranging from retirees to families, the demographic of caravan & motorhome club enthusiasts is wide, meaning there is great importance to knowing what to look for if you are interested in joining one yourself.

King
10/11/2023

King's Speech: What is the Automated Vehicles Bill?

This week, in what was his first King's Speech, King Charles introduced an Automated Vehicles Bill (AV). One of 21 priority bills to be set out for the Government. But what is the Automated Vehicles Bill?

Private Number Plates: All you need to know in the UK
28/09/2023

Private Number Plates: All you need to know in the UK

Private number plates have become increasingly popular in the United Kingdom over the past couple of decades. These unique combinations of letters and numbers not only add a personal touch to a vehicle but also open up a world of possibilities for customisation.

A Guide To UK Number Plates
11/09/2023

A Guide To UK Number Plates

Number plates, those ubiquitous combinations of letters and numbers adorning vehicles, may seem mundane at first glance. However, much like car tyres, these small plates carry a rich history - and play a crucial role in identifying vehicles

ULEZ: Everything We Know (So Far)
15/08/2023

ULEZ: Everything We Know (So Far)

Significant changes to motoring in London are due to transpire at the end of this month, with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announcing plans for Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ) to cover all London boroughs from August 29th, 2023.

Car Brand and Model Anniversaries of 2023
02/08/2023

Car Brand and Model Anniversaries of 2023

In the year of 2023, we have seen many iconic car manufacturers and models celebrate milestone anniversaries. But what car brands and models are they?

New hidden speed cameras could roll out soon
11/05/2023

New hidden speed cameras could roll out soon

A new generation of ‘stealth’ speed camera vans could soon appear on the UK’s roads. Unlike the police vans we are accustomed to, these new vehicles have been designed to be more inconspicuous, making them harder for drivers to detect.

Road signs
26/04/2023

Low Emissions Zones and What It Means For Drivers

Low Emissions Zones (LEZs) and Clean Air Zones (CAZs) are often used interchangeably to describe inner-city areas where drivers of older, more polluting vehicles must pay to drive through. What are they and how will they affect drivers?

Road signs
12/04/2023

Smartphone Dashcam App for Reporting Traffic Crimes

A new app, set to be launched later this year, could mix up the way drivers use the roads - and how traffic crimes are dealt with.

Slow puncture
29/03/2023

The Future of Autonomous Travel

For many people, self-driving cars are the future of travel. But what will that look like? The answer is… who knows?

Road signs
15/03/2023

Highway code refresher - weird and wonderful signs

When out driving, have you ever come across signs that left you scratching your head?Fear not! As your friendly local neighbourhood online tyre retailer, we're here to refresh your memory...

Slow puncture
10/03/2023

Slow Punctures - A Silent Danger

These are punctures that occur over time and cause a loss of traction and handling, reduced fuel efficiency, and can even lead to a dangerous blowout.

cars of 2023
03/03/2023

What are the new car brands to keep an eye on in 2023?

As we fully settle into 2023 – 2 months down and counting – we can see that the automotive industry in the UK is undergoing a significant shift towards electrification and sustainability. Established brands are launching new electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid models, while new players are entering the market with innovative technologies and designs.

Best cars for pets
22/02/2023

Best cars for pets

For pet owners in the UK, finding the right family car that accommodates both loved ones and furry friends can at times seem like a tricky job. Pet owners need to consider space, comfort levels, overall safety, and affordability.

Blackcircles.com Partner with Jonny Smith for Exciting New Content
10/02/2023

Blackcircles.com Partner with Jonny Smith for Exciting New Content

Blackcircles.com, the UK's leading online tyre retailer, has teamed up with automotive expert Jonny Smith – the former presenter of the TV show "Fifth Gear" and host of the extremely popular YouTube channel, Late Brake Show.

Future of electric SUVs
01/02/2023

The Future of Electric SUVs

Once maybe deemed a futuristic fantasy, electric SUVs are very much a present reality. With new models being launched on a regular basis. Some love, some lament. But what does the future of these vehicles entail?

Technology in cars
18/01/2023

Alternative car power - solar EVs and beyond

Solar electric vehicles (EVs) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) are two alternative car power sources that have been gaining attention in recent years. But are they the future to the automotive industry? As it looks for better ways to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.

Technology in cars
11/01/2023

Top 4 Sports Cars For Under £40k in 2023

The market for affordable sports cars can seem like a sparse one, with new models typically demanding more money. But with some careful scouting, you can find some good bargains. We've rounded up our top four picks for under £40k, so that you can find your perfect car no matter what you're looking for.

Technology in cars
08/12/2022

Technology in cars: The Good, The Bad and the Downright Wacky

Today we’re going to have a look into the wonderful world of union between technology and the car industry. Highlighting some divine matchups, hellish pairings and couplings which make you question both your, and the engineers’, sanity.

Understanding Run Flat Tyres
17/05/2022

Understanding Run Flat Tyres

Run Flat tyres are a type of tyre capable of running on air pressure that would result in a standard tyre becoming unusable. There are a number of advantages for those who have Run Flat Tyres fitted to their car.

EV Charging Points
27/04/2022

Find EV Charging Points Around The UK

One common opinion you may hear when the conversation turns to electric cars, is that there are not enough EV charging points within the UK’s network. Looking at the numbers, you can start to see why some people may feel this way.

Registration Plate Article
24/02/2022

The Curiously Interesting World of Reg Plates

My name is James and I find vehicle registration numbers and number plates curiously interesting. There – I said it. No less than a day ago this sentence was perhaps one of the least likely things I would have imagined writing.

Prepare for MOT Test
18/02/2022

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the MOT Test

Once that your vehicle has reached its third birthday you have to book it in for a MOT Test at least once a year. The entire process is very strongly regulated and because of this, you are only able to take your car for a MOT Test at an approved MOT test centre.

Smart motorways delayed
25/01/22

Smart Motorways Delayed To Gather Safety Data

Last week it was announced that the smart motorway rollout across the UK has been delayed until 5 years of safety data is available.

New UK driving laws
07/01/22

New UK Driving Laws & Guidance in 2022

The UK’s driving laws are set to receive some changes this year, with some major additions to the Highway Code. Read our summary to find out more.

e10 petrol
03/09/21

E10 Petrol: What is it? Can I use it?

It feels like only the other day that E10 petrol became the standard type of unleaded being sold all over the UK. It comes as part of the UK Government's plans to cut down on carbon emissions.

Driving Holidays
25/06/21

Top 5 UK Driving Holidays

With holidays abroad not fully accessible at present, many Brits seem set to explore the awe-inspiring landscapes that we are lucky enough to have on our very own (collective) doorstep.

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