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  • YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO MOTORING & DRIVING IN THE UK AND ABROAD
    CAR REVIEWS, PRODUCT REVIEWS, NEWS, ROAD TRIPS, CLUBS, STORE ...AND MUCH MORE!

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    • Car Review: Mercedes W213 E Class Coupe
      Steve tests the most recent Mercedes E Class coupe and to see whether it can live up to its predecessors reputations.
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    • Used Car Review: Mazda 3 BK
      The first generation Mazda 3 was launched in 2003 as a brand new model for the marque and shared the front wheel drive underpinnings from the Mk1 Ford Focus. Designed by Hasip Girgin and known as the BK, the Mazda 3 looked crisp and modern from the outset thanks to sharp lines and was available in either five door hatchback or four door saloon.
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    • Car Review: Kia Stonic
      Steve tests Kia’s new baby SUV the Stonic, to find out if it can compete in a very competitive small SUV sector.

      Launched in 2017 in South Korea the Stonic is based on the fourth generation Kia Rio and is the smallest SUV in the Kia range. The name is allegedly derived from the words speedy and tonic, but whether the car lives up to this is up to you as the reader.
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    • Car Review: Mercedes C Class Coupe
      Steve sets to find out whether the current C Class Coupe can live up to its sporting credentials. 

      The current C Class range was launched at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show and released onto UK roads in March of the same year. As per its predecessor the new C Class was available in saloon, estate, convertible and coupe form, the latter is the model I will focus on for this review and was designated by Mercedes as the C205.
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    • Used Car Review: Honda CR-V (3rd Generation)
      Vehicle purchases over time have mainly been based on what is around at the time that falls into a budget.
      However, occasionally there is a checklist of 'must haves' to comply with, in order to make a well researched and sensible purchase
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  • Car Review: Ford Fiesta Mk8

    Steve tests the new Ford Fiesta Zetec to see if it can live up to the Fiesta's renowned reputation The new Fiesta is available in Zetec (B + O Play and Navigation versions), Titanium (B + O Play and X versions), Vignale, ST-Line and ST-Line X. plus the all-new ‘Active’ Fiesta released in 2018, the first Fiesta ever to feature SUV styling. Engines available in both Petrol and Diesel – 1.0 EcoBoost, 1.1 Ti-VCT, 1.5 TDCi Duratorq and variety of power output applies across the engin

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    Little red tractor improving lives

    Steve takes a look at a little red International Harvester tractor which is helping improve the lives of individuals with learning disabilities Nestled within the idyllic East Midlands countryside sits a farm with a special purpose in the quaint village of Seagrave. Set up in 2011 the farm in question is called WHM Work Connections which provides person-centred support in the way of life skills and work skills for individuals with learning disabilities with activities such as car wash

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    WHM Car Wash

    For those of you living in and around leicester or Loughborough in the East Midlands, there is a fantastic car wash called Shiners based at WHM Work connections at 60 Green Lane Seagrave LE12 7LU. WHM Work Connections provides life skills as well as work skills for individuals with learning disabilities with activities such as car washing, vehicle mechanics, animal Care and catering skills on offer. Furthermore, these skills help the individuals gain Independence and confidence when managing are

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    UK set to adopt vehicle speed limiters

    Speed limiting technology looks set to become mandatory for all vehicles sold in Europe from 2022, after new rules were provisionally agreed by the EU The Department for Transport said the system would also apply in the UK, despite Brexit. Campaigners welcomed the move, saying it would save thousands of lives. Road safety charity Brake called it a "landmark day", but the AA said "a little speed" helped with overtaking or joining motorways".

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    Most Feared Parking Manoeuvres Revealed

    Parking in a tight space takes top spot, followed by parallel parking YourParkingSpace.co.uk has called for industry standard larger parking spaces Almost one-in-seven motorists get nervous when parking The parking manoeuvres that make motorists most nervous have been revealed by online parking portal YourParkingSpace.co.uk Top of the list in its survey of British motorists is parking in a tight space, which arguably is becoming more-and-more frequent given the growing

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  • You may be ready for this year's Summer Holiday, but is your car?

       (Overall rating from this review)

    For the short amount of time that it takes to check your car before setting off is a worthwhile investment, even if it does highlight a problem that you have to resolve, it is still more beneficial to get it sorted before leaving home.
     

    What you should check on your car before you set off on your Summer holiday

    • Fluids – Engine coolant and oil levels, power steering fluid, screen-wash,
    • Electrics – Battery condition, lighting, warning lamps, horn, washers and wipers
    • Tyres – Pressures, condition, spare wheel or sealant
    • Brakes – Pad wear, brake fluid level

    Other areas to consider having checked over by a Garage before setting off

    • Drive Belts – Camshaft Timing Belt, Auxiliary Drive Belt (Alternator, Air Conditioning, Power Steering)
    • Air Conditioning – Does it blow cold air? Does it smell?

    What else have you forgotten to check?

    • Insurance policy covers driving abroad
    • Breakdown Insurance policy
    • SatNav is updated / route planned
    • Motoring Kit – Warning Triangle, Bulbs and Fuses, Fluorescent Jackets, Breathalysers, First Aid kit
    • Vignette to travel in certain countries and cities (similar to Road Tax)
    • Travel Insurance (home and abroad)
    • Passport and Driving Licence
    • Dash Cam
    • Credit Card for Toll Roads

    All of this is common sense and can easily be eliminated by having the car serviced before setting off. There are always other factors that can lead to a breakdown, such as mis-fuelling, accidents or even getting lost en-route. This is when Insurances are invaluable and even if you don’t need to use it, it gives you peace of mind.

    It is also a good idea to check for the latest motoring rules and regulations of countries that you may be travelling through on your journey. It seems that many more are being introduced on a regular basis and if you are unaware of any then it may cost you dearly.

    Staying comfortable during your trip

    • Refreshments are a must when driving long distances and particularly in hot climates. Drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding eating bread can lead to higher levels of energy and concentration.
    • Keeping the Air Conditioning on but on ‘Fresh Air’ rather than ‘Recirculate’ which can lead to dehydration.
    • Entertainment is an absolute ‘must have’ when travelling long distances or even when sat in a traffic jam. DVD players are great to keep the kids entertained for hours on end.
    • Sunglasses and prescription glasses are also a ‘must have’ along with suitable window tinting in hot climates to protect skin from burning.
    • Plan your journey with plenty of convenience stops and to pick up additional fuel which gives you an opportunity to walk around for a few minutes to avoid cramps and to stay alert for longer.

    Above all, enjoy the road trip and get to your holiday destination in one piece and as stress-free as possible, but remember to check the car for the return journey.

    Happy Summer Holidays !



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