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Future Of Automotive Industry is Hybrid Cars
Ever since the emergence of Toyota Prius in 1995’s Tokyo Motor Show, the World is mesmerised by the futuristic technologies and fuel saving powers that hybrids have to offer. The Prius took the lead in garnering public and critic’s acclaim in Japan, with the first mass produced Prius of 1997 winning highly reputed title of ‘Car Of The Year Japan’ – the same title that Toyota Aqua or Prius C won in 2012. Soon after, in 1999, Honda Insight was released which pushed the boundaries and showed the world what this new technology is capable of. The first-generation Insight achieved an impressive EPA rating of 53 miles per gallon (4.4 L/100 km), a figure which still stands unbeaten, though Honda failed to replicate this figure in subsequent generations and models, …
How to Drive in Spain
You can garner a ton of memorable memories on your road trip to Spain from UK. Beautiful scenery, fluid roads and mesmerising architecture are sure to leave a lasting impression on the whole family for many years to come. With Google Maps and Satnav for assistance, car rentals offering competitive prices, and all-encompassing insurance plans from different insurance companies, driving to Spain has become a hassle free, enjoyable experience. But before you take the plunge and ditch the airlines for a one in a life time UK-Spain road trip, you need to get accustomed to road rules, laws and the documents needed for the journey, so let’s begin: Documents Required: The UK nationals can still drive in Spain and across Europe, for now, with their valid UK driving licence, V5C …
Best Engine Oil For Your Car
One of the first things to check when you are in search of the best engine oil for your car is the Grade. The oil’s grade is denoted like 10W-40 (which you can see on the label), which implies the thickness or viscosity of the oil. Modern engines come with finer tuning, so they require oils with low viscosity. However, it is not that simple, as modern oils have become quite complex. Most oils have 2 sets of numbers as they are multi-grade and this means there are additives in the oil, which allow it to change viscosity at different temperatures. The first number of the grade shows how smoothly the oil will function at low temperatures. So, the lower the number, the better the result. The W in the …
Choose The Best Baby Car Seat
Statistics have shown that 3 out of 4 baby car seats are improperly installed in cars, which accounts to 75% safety seats potentially causing injuries or failing to protect your child. With all the belts, latches, anklets and buckles while keeping track of weight, height and age, shopping for a baby car seat quickly become overwhelming. Well, it shouldn’t be. Let’s break down this seemingly complex yet absolutely essential kid gear, according to kids size (age, height and weight), to flush out the complexity. Birth to 2: This category is for infant seats, which are required to be rear-facing to safeguard your baby in case of impact/ accident. Maximum weight limit for this category is 20 to 35 lbs, depending on the maker. However, height is an equally important determining …
Booster seats and booster cushions exist to provide a safe travelling experience for your children, most importantly, toddlers. They raise small children above their height so that the car’s seat belts can be easily fastened around them. Booster cushions are different than booster seats, because of the absence of a back, so they do not provide side impact protection. Booster seats do come with detachable backs, but it is better to keep them on for added protection. Now that you know booster seat is a traveling essential for your children, but this doesn’t end here. The right choice of a booster seat and its correct installation play an important part in the safety of your child too. The last thing you want is an unfixed booster seat thrashing along with …
Apple CarPlay
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link are three top systems offering seamless integration of your smartphone with your car’s infotainment system. Auto manufacturers either provide CarPlay – smartphone-infotainment integration solution from Apple – or Android Auto  – Google’s take on the integration -, and few come with Mirror Link – an open source integration solution. Only a few vehicles render all three or two of the three prevailing systems. Though Ford Sync has been around for a longer time than all three mentioned earlier, but it is limited to Ford vehicles, so we are leaving that out for this comparison. All three integration platforms require you to connect your smartphone with car’s infotainment system via cable. Wireless connectivity is a future prospect for now. Upon connecting, car’s infotainment system …
Hassle Free Car Hire On Your Summer Trip
Hiring a car for your family trip is not all smiles and giggles as advertised. The realistic scenario is actually quite grim as you will have to dig through the sale pitches, deceptive insurance scams and false promises to find your way to the best car hire service in the UK. Yes, it does sound like swimming with sharks but fear not, we have lined up the pit holes and the moves you need to make to avoid them. For starters always go for the basic package on everything, be it insurance or accessories. Our guide will help you save on all the extras without compromising on your comfort and safety. Be Wary of Insurance Sales Pitch: Yes, insurance is mandatory by law, so it is wise to opt for …
MOT Test
If you have just purchased your first vehicle and don’t know what an MOT test is, then this article will be very useful to you. The MOT (Ministry of Transport) is an annual test of vehicle safety, roadworthiness aspects and exhaust emissions required in the Great Britain for most vehicles defined in the Road Traffic Act 1988. It does not only apply to highways but also includes other places available for public use, that aren’t highways such as streets, main roads etc. Every vehicle over the age of three years has to have an MOT test done after every twelve months, failure to do so can impose £1000 penalty. The MOT test is a source of employment for about 53,000 people working in 20,100 garages, who are authorised to perform …
What’s The Best Vehicle For You
What’s The Best Vehicle For You Making the most logical decision while purchasing a new set of wheels has become complex, mainly due to so many choices. The options available are intimidating; almost all automakers offer everything from Hatchbacks, SUVs, Saloons to Convertibles and Coupés. Let’s explore what the market has to offer in different categories: Hatchback: There is a reason for hatchback’s dominance in the current landscape; they are agile, versatile, can tackle urban roads and motorways alike, seat 4 to 7 persons with ease, frugal on the gas and are easy to maintain. Plus, their everyday practicality has no parallel. They do lack the boot space though. Nowadays, they come in varying sizes and are blurring the lines between minivans and compact station wagons. Also, the fact that …
Airport Car Parking
Airport Car Parking Imagine the restlessness your mind goes through thinking about your car not being safe when you are miles away from it. Disturbing, isn’t it? Airport parking facilities are there for your peace of mind, so you won’t have to rely on public transport in the fear of losing your car at the airport. Convenience and affordability are what you look for when taking up the services of airport parking facilities. Today, we’ve enlisted 5 tips for you to secure the best airport car parking deals, so the next time you go on a holiday, you can stop worrying about your car and start enjoying your stay! 1) Know the Parking You Want: Don’t just rush into signing up for any vehicle parking service that crosses your eye. …
Flood-Damaged Car
Flood-Damaged Car Floods have been seen to cause a lot of damage. From tearing down houses to destroying roads and infrastructure, nothing is unharmed and untouched. Hence, the cars we park outside on the roads or on the porch have to suffer as well. These flood-damaged cars, however, end up making their way in the used market.  The mechanics renew them that it is almost impossible to tell if it is flood-damaged or not. Here are 7 tips to help you distinguish a flood-damaged car: 1) Sniff for Dampness: It is not possible to completely dry out a flooded car. There will surely be some areas inside, which would be damp and moist, trapping a damp smell inside the car. Smell for mold or fungus under the seats and mats. …
Country Driving Tips
Country Driving Tips Driving on smooth twisty roads of Europe may be enticing and refreshing, but before you indulge yourself in this ultimate liberating experience, you need to go through some points and prepare yourself for the journey ahead. Documentation: Before going to nitty-gritty and pro-tips you need to cover basics, and yes that include driving license and vehicle documentation. That means you will need a valid IDP (International Driving Permit). Though it may seem a tedious chore, actually you can get one from the post office for £5.50, valid for a whole year. Keep in mind that all Post Offices are not authorised, so you need to check if yours offers this facility or not. Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about visa and passports while travelling to European …