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Pumpkin spice season is in full swing, the leaves have started turning brilliant autumnal colors, and many retailers have already begun putting up displays of Christmas decorations just behind the shelves of fun-sized candy bars and animatronic skeletons. Can freezing temperatures, slippery streets, and blizzard warnings be far behind?

If you live in a colder climate, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to deal with the snow and ice. One solution is to tuck your head-turning, high-performance sports car or vintage convertible into the garage for a long winter’s nap, and get yourself a beater car to use during the wintery months to come. Not sure what attributes to look for, or even what a beater car is? We’ve compiled this guide to buying a reliable, if not particularly attractive, vehicle to see you through the snow and storms

What Is a Beater Car?

Essentially, the beater is an older vehicle, usually with pretty high mileage and maybe some cosmetic imperfections or minor flaws, that you can drive into the ground. One reason people like to drive them in the winter is that they don’t have to worry about the corroding effects of road salt on the exterior. 

Another is that if you happen to skid out of your driveway and into the mailbox, the dents and dings you incur won’t bother you. The same holds true if a careless driver, or one who’s unaccustomed to handling a car in poor conditions, causes a fender bender

Your beater car isn’t going to win any beauty pageants, so it’s OK if it has some rust around the wheel wells, a rip or two in the upholstery, stained floor mats, or a CD player that’s seen better days. Just so long as it runs OK — and passes inspection, of course.

Qualities of a Good Beater

This car has to be reliable above all else. You need to know that the engine will turn over every morning and that you’ll be able to get yourself to work or school no matter what the weather. In addition, you’ll want something that can be repaired on the cheap, preferably with parts sourced from the junkyard.

It used to be that once a car hit 100,000 miles, it was time to start keeping your eye out for a new one. But cars’ lifetime expectancy, just like peoples’, has increased over the years as manufacturers have figured out how to build both chassis and components that would last longer.

Nowadays, it’s not that difficult to squeeze 200,000 miles out of a vehicle with a little TLC and some regular maintenance. Moreover, these types of autos tend to get pretty good mileage for both city and highway driving. 

When shopping for a beater, look for Honda Civics, Subaru Outbacks, or used Toyota Corollas for sale.

Beaters Are Budget-Friendly

Another huge benefit to driving a beater car all winter long is that you’re going to save some serious cash. For one thing, they’re inexpensive to buy outright — it won’t be hard to find one under $5,000 or even less. Scour Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Autotrader, and your local classifieds. 

Since you’re paying cash for it, you might be able to get a good deal from a used-car lot, and you won’t have to worry about depreciation. If the old gal has any life left in her come spring, you can hold on to her for next winter, or let her go for a song to someone else. 

The insurance on your beater likely won’t set you back too badly, either. All in all, these vehicles are an extremely budget-friendly choice. That means you can put more money toward the payments on your “good” car, or toward your credit card bills, student loans, or vacation fund!

The Bottom Line

You might not look very cool driving a Camry or Escort around town, but who cares? Swallowing your pride and buying a reliable beater car is going to save you money and sanity. You won’t need to worry about the toll that winter weather takes on a vehicle, nor will you fret every time someone parks next to you in the grocery store lot. A couple of scratches and dents just add to your beater’s personality! 

Top Dollar: 5 Tips for Getting the Best Offer for Your Luxury Car Tue, 10 Sep 2019 12:33:21 +0000

Few luxury car owners relish the thought of selling their beloved vehicles. Whether they need some quick cash to deal with a serious emergency or they’re just looking to upgrade and want to reinvest the profit into a new Bentley, they’ll face some challenges if they want to get what the car is really worth. Luxury car owners can read on to find a few tips that can help them ensure they’re working with the right buyer.

Find a Cash Buyer

While car dealerships may have the luxury of offering to finance qualified purchases, the average driver can’t afford to take a risk on a buyer who can’t offer cash. Don’t take trades, and don’t owner finance the purchase. Instead, get cash for your bentley from a reliable buyer willing to pay what it’s worth.

Be Honest

Don’t try to hide damage to the car in pictures or descriptions. It’s a waste of time. Whether drivers are looking for private buyers, heading to dealerships, or working with luxury car specialists to find a buyer, they’ll notice mechanical issues and cosmetic damage.

If the seller hasn’t been upfront about obvious damage to their vehicles, potential buyers will be hesitant to believe there aren’t other underlying problems that haven’t been addressed. Given how ubiquitous Carfax vehicle history checks have become, there’s really no way to hide a vehicle’s accident history. Plenty of buyers will still be interested if the Bentley has been in a minor fender bender and has been perfectly restored, but they won’t be interested if they feel like the seller is lying to them.

Make Sure It’s in Good Shape

It’s worth investing a little money in a tune-up prior to listing a luxury car for sale. If drivers have noticed any minor mechanical or cosmetic issues, they might want to have them fixed before getting ready to sell. Even if the vehicle is in good condition, it’s worth investing a little time into getting the vehicle in pristine shape by removing all belongings, cleaning the interior trim and upholstery, and having the exterior washed and waxed.

Avoid Dealers

Car dealerships don’t stay in business by offering sellers top dollar for their vehicles. They do it by purchasing cars for as little as they can and then reselling them for a higher price. Sellers can waste their time driving around visiting local dealerships, or they can contact a company that specializes in luxury car resales to get what their car is worth without all that hassle.

Don’t Jeopardize Personal Safety

There are a lot of scammers on the Internet, and luxury cars make good targets. Drivers may want to think twice about posting a Bentley or another luxury vehicle on Craigslist and similar marketplaces, as there’s no way for them to guarantee the sincerity of potential buyers. Those who insist on selling their luxury cars themselves instead of working with an expert who can help should prioritize their personal safety by choosing a public location to show the car and bringing along a friend for protection.

The Bottom Line

Selling a luxury vehicle can be a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be. Drivers need not waste time haggling with consumers who can’t actually afford to buy luxury vehicles or visiting every dealership in town only to find that they all make the same low-ball offers. Instead, Bentley owners can clean their vehicles and sell them to a luxury car resale professional who will make an immediate cash offer.

Auto Accidents as a Rideshare Vehicle Passenger Wed, 03 Jul 2019 12:42:38 +0000
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While taking a Lyft or Uber to get around is a great way to reduce traffic, save yourself the trouble of enduring parking in the city, and save the environment, it’s not without its shortcomings. For instance, you may be involved in an accident while in the backseat of a rideshare vehicle. Do you know who bears responsibility for any injuries you sustained? 

Knowing Whose Insurance Applies

If the ridesharing driver is deemed to be at fault for the accident, Uber and Lyft have third-party liability insurance plans, which can cover up to $1 million for your injuries. That said, those plans only activate after all possibilities to recover damages from the driver’s personal insurance plan have been exhausted. 

Maybe the driver wasn’t at fault for the accident. If so, the focus of your auto accident claims turns toward the actual at-fault driver. There’s a chance you may have to receive compensation with the help of legal assistance, depending on how complicated matters become. In either case, it’s good to look into what’s known as un/underinsured motorist insurance coverage. Such coverage could be of great help if the responsible party either doesn’t have insurance or doesn’t have enough insurance. 

Passenger Responsibility 

There is one exception to whether you have a solid case on your hands in the event of a ridesharing accident while you are a passenger. Passengers who are intoxicated or otherwise unruly and contribute to an accident because of their state of mind or actions harm their chances of receiving compensation. While such passengers may receive financial compensation, the total amount can be reduced according to their overall percentage of responsibility. 

Filing a Lawsuit 

Depending on your case, you may have no choice but to bring a lawsuit against the ridesharing company. The reason for this is that Lyft, Uber, and other companies like them work with drivers as independent contractors, not employees. That limits the company’s legal responsibility for a driver’s actions. 

While you do have the option of suing Lyft or Uber to receive compensation for your injuries, know that the companies have taken steps to make it considerably difficult to successfully bring a suit against them. It is best to focus on the company’s insurance coverage, or your driver’s insurance coverage before you think about hitting the company directly. Speaking with a legal professional can help you determine your best next move, and the best use of your time and energy. 

Damages To Consider 

Speaking of the best use of your time and energy, knowing what damages you can collect as a result of an accident can help you focus your case. For instance, you can receive damages for future and past mental anguish, physical pain and suffering, and physical injuries that result in impairment. Hospital, medical, disability, and rehabilitation expenses are another type of damages you can seek to recover. Maybe your injuries left you unable to work, or otherwise resulted in a loss of wages, which is another type of damages.

There is no need for you to bear responsibility for injuries suffered as a passenger in someone else’s vehicle. Now you have a better idea of how to proceed if you are ever injured in a ridesharing vehicle.

The Best Option For Car shipping in Chicago Mon, 22 Apr 2019 16:50:09 +0000 You visited the Chicago Auto Show, you chose a new car, and now you are now wondering how to ship your new vehicle from Chicago to your home. The easy, affordable and fastest way for car shipping is to hire a shipping company.

But buying a new car is not the only reason for car shipping from one place to another. Many other reasons prompt you to ship your vehicle.

Despite the many reasons for transporting cars, I will not list them. Everyone ships their vehicle for some reason. We are interested in car shipping Chicago. If you are currently in Chicago and you need a company for the transport of your car, you will need the best car shipping.

I will help you on how to choose the best way for car shipping Chicago.

You want the cheapest, the fastest and the most effective manner for car shipping Chicago.

How much will you pay for car shipping Chicago?

Several significant things determine the price. Moreover, if you are doing this for the first time, you’ll need to know what kind of options you have for the transport of your car.

First of all, the price depends on the destination of shipping. The longer the distance is the highest the cost would be.

For example:

Car shipping Chicago to Los Angeles it will cost you about $1000. If you calculate if you are driving the car from Chicago to Los Angeles, you will spend nearly close to the price that is for shipping.

Secondly, the way of carrier. There are two options:

Open auto transport and Enclosed auto transport.

Open auto transport is an inexpensive way to ship a car from any place to another.

Then you’ll have to choose the transport. Also, you have two options:

Door-to-door transportation and Terminal-to-terminal transportation. The cheaper option is Terminal-to-Terminal transport.

The other things that determine the price are the weather, the model of the vehicle and the route of the car shipping.

Your car is in Chicago but where is the departure destination? If your goal is another big city, the price will be lower, but if you want the car to be shipped to some peaceful village that you’ll need to prepare a little more money.

The best option for car shipping Chicago

When we transport our car, we want the best choice possible and the cheapest, right?

If you already have the company for car shipping Chicago, now you need to decide what transport service you will choose.

For example, I will take the Chicago auto show- the largest National auto show again. You went there, you saw your dream car, you made a contract, and you now have a beautiful new car. Next, you’ll need transport of the vehicle.

Because you have a new car the best option for you would be enclosed transportation.

But if you have another reason to ship your car, then you can choose the cheapest way of transport. If you choose the right shipping company, then the open carrier will be the best option.

If you think that open auto transport will do damage to your car, then you can always choose the other option, but be sure that every shipping company is trying to transport your car safe and secure to your chosen destination.

If you need to transport the car, always decide with the best company that has the experience instead of driving the car. If you calculate which option will cost you more, the result is car shipping company option. But then you have to consider how much time you will need to spend while driving in the same direction, and nothing can replace the lost time. If someone asks me, I always choose a car transport company.

Innovative vehicle technology: What will the next few years bring? Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:06:23 +0000

Whether it’s keeping drivers safe on the roads, or designing luxury comfort features, automotive manufacturers are always striving to improve their vehicle technology. But with technology moving at such a fast pace, what can we expect to see next? We’ve enlisted the help of Grange, who offer prestigious vehicles including the McLaren 570 Gt, to show us what the next few years will bring…

AI and autonomous technology

Self-driving cars have been a huge talking point in the industry for several years. Most manufacturers now offer self-driving technology as part of their latest models – with most used to improve road safety.

Let’s take a look at lane keeping systems and how they can improve driver safety. These intelligent systems keep you within your lane when driving on the motorway. When motorway driving, it’s vital that you stay firmly in your lane, unless you are overtaking. This system alerts you with a vibration on the steering wheel if your vehicle is unintentionally edging out of its lane – and in circumstances when the vehicle thinks you are reacting too slow, the vehicle will take control and provide steering torque to divert you back into the safe space on your lane. This is a safety feature to prevent drivers from veering out of their lane on motorways and dual carriageways where drivers around them are driving at high speeds.

Blind spot information systems (or BLIS) are another clever innovation designed to keep us safe on the roads. When a vehicle enters your blind spot zone, the BLIS system will alert you. The detection area is on both sides of your vehicle, extending rearward from the exterior mirrors to approximately 10 feet (3 meters) beyond the bumper. The system alerts you via a small light on your side wing mirrors – when there is a vehicle in your blind spot zone, the light will illuminate. When your blind spot zone is clear, the light will switch off.

When drivers exceed the speed limit, ISA (Intelligent Safety Assist) technology uses a combination of audio and visual signals to send an alert. By using GPS, the system is able to detect the vehicle location and reference this with a digital road map that is programmed with speed limit information for each road. The system can be used as an active speed limiter whereby it can take control of the vehicle and reduce the speed when travelling above the speed limit. It does this by reducing the throttle signal. Additionally, the system is also fitted with a speed limiting function that increases the pressure on the accelerator when you exceed the speed limit, so that it is harder to accelerate and break the speed limit.

Comfort and eco features

JLR are leading the way in weather adaptation, by equipping all of their new models with the technology. The system allows cars to autonomously adapt to weather changes and situations to make adjustments to drivetrain, suspension, traction control and climate control for optimum efficient driving. The system is said to be able to connect to present and future weather data via telematics and GPS to sensibly adapt both inside the cabin and around the exterior. One feature suggests that the system will automatically close your vehicle windows if it senses that rain is forecast. Onboard rain- and terrain-sensing mechanisms will be used to control the temperature, pressure and humidity inside the cabin, whilst interior and exterior lighting will be altered depending on the circumstances.

This helpful gadget should be rolled out by 2020, so we don’t have to wait much longer to see it in action!

Of course, the popularity of EV’s has led to manufacturers adapting their offerings to include more eco-friendly features and models. With news of how air pollution is negatively impacting our planet and quality of life, automotive manufacturers have been striving to develop all-electric models. An increase in EV charging services from suppliers such as Northern Powergrid and the widespread availability of charging points has meant that the market looks set to take off once again.

Another manufacturer who has been leading the way when it comes to innovative eco tech is Nissan. The new Nissan Leaf not only has double the mileage range of its previous model equivalents, but the one-pedal driving system allows for the accelerator pedal to be transformed into a multifunctioning e-pedal at a touch. The e-pedal functions as a start, stop, accelerate and breaking pedal when activated. Suitable for 90% of urban driving, the system means that the car will slow to a halt by itself with the ability to hold itself on an incline without the need of the brake pedal.

The ECO-pedal system can control the acceleration speed so that the engine doesn’t over-rev. The level of fuel-efficient driving is displayed through a colour and flashing Eco-P lamp. According to Nissan, studies have proven that effective eco-driving with the ECO-pedal can contribute to an improved fuel efficiency by 5-10%.

So, there we have it – there are a number of new tech innovations on the horizon. With a positive future of technology ahead of us, we can expect to see the driving process, and experience, completely transformed in the coming years.

Protecting Our Environment: 5 Questions and Answers About Testing Your Car’s Emissions Wed, 17 Apr 2019 15:42:24 +0000 Emission Testing

In February 2019, Ford became the latest car manufacturer embroiled in an emissions testing controversy. The auto giant announced it would be launching a probe into its emissions testing procedures after employees raised several concerns. Ford has hired an outside company to look into its practices.

Vehicle emissions testing was thrust under the international spotlight in 2015 when Volkswagen, the German car manufacturer, was at the center of an emissions scandal. The carmaker had planted software within its diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested. When tested, the engines altered their performance to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.

But emissions testing is not solely the manufacturer’s responsibility. To improve air quality, many states across the United States have legislation in place that requires vehicle owners to have their vehicle emissions tested periodically to identify vehicles with high carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions. These are 5 answers to common questions about testing your car’s emissions.

Does my vehicle need testing?

Under the Gateway vehicle inspection program, any gas vehicle that was built after 1996, or diesel vehicle built after 1997, weighing less than 8,500 pounds needs to undergo regular emissions tests.

There are exemptions in place for vehicles that are two years old with less than 40,000 miles on the odometer. If the vehicle is older than four years old and has done less than 12,000 miles in the last two years it is also exempt from testing.

Plug-in, hybrid and electric vehicles are also exempt, as are motorcycles, scooters, government vehicles, school buses, historic vehicles (over 25-years-old) and specially constructed or kit vehicles. If you have any questions about vehicle exemptions, the individual state can provide further information.

How often does my car need testing?

Your car needs to have its emissions tested when your license plates needs renewing. Odd vehicle model years are testing on odd years, and even vehicle model years are tested on even years. You will need to show evidence that you had your vehicle emissions tested within the last 60 days when you try to renew your registration.

What are the penalties for not testing?

If you don’t get your vehicle emissions tested, you will not be able to renew the registration, you will not receive new stickers and your vehicle will be deemed off-road.

Will I be notified that my vehicle needs testing?

Yes, the state sends out notifications 60 days before your license plate renewal is due. This gives you plenty of time to organize for an emissions test and head to your nearest test location.

Do I have to take my vehicle in for its emission test?

The vehicle owner does not have to be present when the vehicle receives its test. Any licensed motorist can take the car in for testing at a recognized testing station.

Avoid having an unregistered vehicle by adequately preparing for you license expiration and organizing an emissions test. Contact your local tester today to arrange your emission test and stay on top of your legal responsibilities as a car owner.

Is a car loan the same as a personal loan? Fri, 21 Dec 2018 13:52:54 +0000

Let’s face it, there’s nothing more convenient than being able to drive to and from any place you want. However, considering your current daily expenses, buying a car, whether brand new or second-hand, may be problematic. For this reason, taking out a loan could be your best bet.

The most common loans to choose from are car loans and personal loans. Assuming you’re able to provide all the requirements needed for each one, it is fairly easy to get one. Today, applying for either personal or car loans is mae much easier thanks to online applications. You can easily look at car loan rates and figure which choice is the best for you.

But what is the main difference between the two?

Personal Loans versus Car Loans

There are two kinds of personal loans, secured and unsecured. The former requires you to secure your loan against something of value like your house so that the lender can seize ownership of the asset if the loan is not repaid. The latter, on the other hand, considers only your credit status.

Car loans is a kind of personal loan used solely for the use of purchasing cars, as the name implies. It becomes a secured loan if you put up your car as the asset of value in the event that you are not able to repay the loan. This type of loan considers the depreciation value of the car over time and may require you to make a downpayment early in the term. Just like mortgages, the lender technically owns your car until you have made the final payment.

Important things to consider

Before you choose one on a whim, make sure you know the details involved in each type of loan. Consider the following items first:

Terms of payment

Look at how much you need to pay monthly and see if it falls within your budget. What you want is a monthly payment with low interest so that paying for the car would not put a dent in your expenses. You should also look at the payment terms. Note that longer payment terms will most likely have a lower monthly payment amount, but will have a higher interest over the agreed loan term. On the other hand, short payment terms have higher monthly payments, but will have less interest since you will have paid the principal rate immediately.

Interest rates

Interest is what you pay the lender for providing the payment to purchase your car. The amount is usually based off of the car’s list price and your current financial status. Personal loans have higher interest rates than car loans, but it can still be lowered if it is a secured personal loan.

Credit score

If you decide on getting a personal loan, make sure that you have good credit standing. The lender will want to see if you have the capacity to make the monthly payments or have a history of not paying debts. In case you have a less than ideal credit score, you try your chances in getting a car loan instead; but do note that they can increase the interest rate because of it.  Regardless of the type of loan you choose, make sure you have good credit standing so that the lender feels at ease.

Consider all of these before settling on a loan type. You should also look for other lenders and compare interest prices and term flexibility. This can help you see which can fit in your current financial situation and allow you to make the payments without any problems.

5 Car Maintenance Tips to Keep You on the Go Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:52:13 +0000

If discovering the wheel was the one achievement that made us humans, the smartest of all the living species, the idea of putting four wheels together certainly did make us the fastest. Yes, we are talking about cars and boy, aren’t they work of beauty!

With a car in your garage, you can go anywhere you want to, at any time you want to. Stereo blaring, your rooftop or car windows rolled down, the wind in your hair, and there you are, living life to the fullest. However, that paint job on your car won’t remain glossy forever if you don’t wash and wax it regularly or that engine may not come to life in the morning, as you turn on the ignition, because cars, like us humans, need to be looked after and pampered.

Just as we eat, go out for jogs, maintain personal hygiene, go for regular medical check-ups and take naps, to stay healthy, cars too need to be regularly taken care of, so that they continue to remain on the roads and out of the repair shop. To help, here are a few essential tips to help keep your beloved four-wheeler in peak condition.

Listen to Your Car

Agreed, not everyone can be an expert car mechanic. In reality, you may know very little about cars; however, anyone can catch something that happens out of the ordinary. A bent, swollen or flat tyre. A scratch by your door. A crack in your windshield. Anything.

Being on a lookout would enable you to identify any faults in time before they escalate into a trip down to the workshop. For example, if you continue driving with a bad tyre, it can severely damage your car’s suspension and rims. Therefore, you must keep a regular tab on the threads to make sure they aren’t threadbare, or the rim isn’t bent. Also, a worn-out wiper would cause significant scratches on the windscreen, if left undetected for long. Overall, you need to make it a point to listen to your car and spot any anomaly at the very first occurrence.

Take a Peek Under the Hood

All the crucial parts of your vehicle lie under the bonnet, be it the engine, battery, wires, hoses, fluids or belts. Therefore, it’s a no-brainer that you need to check under the hood more often than not. For example, experts recommend that you change the oil between 12,000 and 15,000 km. Most modern-day cars feature an oil-life monitor gauge to help you identify, when is the next scheduled oil change. Moreover, these fluids have dipsticks; therefore, it becomes easy to check their levels and quality periodically. You must also keep a close on eye on the belts for any wear or fraying on the edges while looking out for any oil leaks or loose wire connections.

Make Sure that the Wheels are Fine

If the engine is the heart of any car, its wheels can easily be the limbs, and you wouldn’t want the limbs to be frail or in bad shape. First, you need to make sure that your four-wheeler’s tyres have the optimal air pressure and are not under-inflated or over-inflated. While under-inflated tyres put you at high risk of rim damage or a blowout, over-inflated ones pose the threat of bursting. Moreover, under-inflated tyres can decrease your car’s mileage. Hence, you would have to get the tyre pressure checked at least every two weeks. You can also refer to the manual and check the optimal PSI rating for your tyres yourself, with a gauge.

Also, you should periodically check for any worn-out treads, optimal tyre rotational levels, tyre alignment and brakes’ condition. If anything feels out of place, be sure to get your car to a mechanic.  

Keep Your Car Clean

You must take some time over weekends to clean, polish and rust-coat your car to protect it from the elements. Be it bird droppings, dead moths or dirt, these elements can accumulate on your car layer by layer and ruin its visual appeal. The paint of your car would eventually get dull with time; therefore, you may give it a newer look by applying polish and elbow-grease, once a week. Moreover, you can use a soft cloth or sponge with a non-abrasive cleanser, made especially for cars to wipe off the dirt trapped on to the body and clean the glass surfaces of the car including the windows and the windscreen.

Go for Scheduled Maintenance Appointments

Given our hectic schedules, it may become tedious to check on your car. However, you must take care not to miss your scheduled car service appointments. Your vehicle’s user manual would contain information about the scheduled maintenance services. Usually, these maintenance services involve checking or replacing minor body parts such as wires, spark plugs, and timing belts along with any replacement of significant parts as and when required. Also, regular servicing would ensure that your car runs efficiently and safely, and maintains a unique value, should you want to resell it.

Like any other piece of equipment in your home, your car too starts demanding a little attention once it gets older. Therefore, you need to diligently work towards keeping your car in peak condition and maintaining its asset value. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t an expert on four-wheeler anatomy, but you need to be aware of some essential car maintenance tips that can help you keep your car running as new. Another factor that helps protect your car’s value as an asset and reduces your burden of maintaining them is vehicle insurance. With a comprehensive vehicle insurance policy under your belt, you can not only protect your car against accidental damages but also protect yourself and your family from any harm and incurred medical expenses. Remember, better the condition of your vehicle; nicer would be the feel of taking those long drives down the freeway.

The biggest driving distractions and how to avoid them Mon, 26 Nov 2018 13:35:07 +0000

Road traffic accidents can be caused by a number of factors, however, one of the most common causes of road traffic accidents is distracted driving. In 2016, out of 1445 fatal crashes, 140 of those were caused by distractions while driving, according to government statistics.

Anything that involves taking your eyes and hands off the road is known as a distraction. To make you aware of what can cause an accident, we have listed the biggest offending driving distractions and what to do to avoid them.

Mobile phones

Drivers who use a mobile phone are four times more likely to crash, injure or kill themselves than other people, according to research led by the NHTSA. Talking, texting, answering calls on a mobile phone are all distractions which take your eyes off the road. Avoid an accident by keeping your mobile phone out of sight and on silent so it doesn’t distract you. Use Bluetooth rather than requiring handheld use.

Reaching for objects

Reaching for something from the front or backseat can cause a serious accident, as it involves taking your hand and eyes off the road to retrieve the object. If you do need to reach over to get something, wait until it is safe to pull off the road to get it.

Food and drink

Did you know that eating or drinking while driving could result in a £100 fine and three points applied to your licence? Unwrapping, eating food and drinking while driving are dangerous distractions as they involve taking at least one hand off the wheel. If you need to eat a snack or have a drink, find a safe place to pull over.


Although music can be a large part of the driving experience, the downside is that it can significantly affect the quality of your driving if the volume is too high. Loud music in the car can make you less aware of external sound sources that would usually alert you in a quiet car. Changing radio stations can also distract you from driving. Keep your attention on the road by maintaining a low volume and only adjusting the music before you set off on your journey or when you stop.


Passengers, including children and pets, can be a major distraction for drivers. To reduce the risk of distraction, think about how the children can keep themselves entertained with toys or audio books to avoid them distracting the driver. Pets must be suitably restrained in your car – a pet seatbelt or carrier will keep your pet away from the driver and will help to keep them safer in a car accident.

By limiting the distractions in the car, you can make sure that your attention is on the road and that everyone in the car is safe in the driver’s hands. If you need to do something that’s distracting, find a safe place to pull over first.

Author Bio: Thompsons Solicitors is one of the top law firms in the UK that specialise in personal injury. Our solicitors have extensive experience in running and winning road accident claims for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists who have been injured on the roads.

The evolution of car technology Thu, 01 Nov 2018 14:06:09 +0000
We’ve come a long way since the Benz Patent Motor Car and the developments made recently have heightened our love for driving — from electric car windows to reverse-camera technology! But, perks such as these haven’t always been a given. Exactly who invented the first-ever automobile may be up for debate — many believe it was Karl Benz — but what can’t be argued is that it certainly didn’t resemble the hi-tech vehicle we use today.

Created in 1885, the Benz patent Motor Car was powered by just one single cylinder four-stroke engine — revolutionary for its time. Fast forward 133 years and your typical petrol-fueled economy car has either three, four or six cylinders.

Here, we look at car developments throughout time and how technology has changed the car industry. After all, as technology keeps advancing, so too will the car we drive.

The upgraded car radio

You can’t deny that as soon as you enter the car door, you stick your heaters on and tune into your favourite radio station. While this is second nature to us these days, it was first introduced to our vehicles in 1930.

Pioneered by Paul and Joseph Galvin and William Lear, this allowed motorists to have access to the AM radio. Compact cassettes arrived on the scene in the 1960s, before car stereos started to rival home versions for their sound quality in the 80s. Nowadays, a lot of drivers connect their own music systems – often their mobile phones – to listen to their favourite tunes, and if we don’t, many car radio systems are now touchscreen.

The essential anti-lock brakes

Anti-lock braking systems haven’t always been a required safety feature of a car. ABS’s development has been a long process since first being a concept in the 1920s. Until the 1950s, the system was primarily used on aircrafts, but by the 60s, car manufacturers began to experiment with the technology. It wasn’t until the 90s that ABS and related systems became commonplace.

The lifesaving parking sensors

Parking sensors are still relatively new to most cars as not every vehicle has them. However, they first burst onto the scene in the 70s and were originally supposed to be guidance devices for the blind.

Simply put, these parking sensors are positioned on the vehicles bumpers and can detect any obstacles using ultrasonic technology. This device become widely used in the early 2000s and is now the most common and basic parking system available.

The love of camera technology

You can’t deny that cameras are now a main selling point for cars. Whether it’s a dash-cam to record everything that is happening around you – where there’s blame there’s a claim, right? – or reverse cameras to help you park, these are really becoming a staple addition to any new car.

But opposed to what most drivers think, they’ve been around for a while. In 1956, Buick’s Centurion concept car included the technology. However, again like parking sensors, this helpful tool wasn’t used mainstream until the turn of the millennium.

The importance of on-board diagnostics

At one time, your car could break down and you wouldn’t know why — but not now. Since 1994, on-board diagnostics have been able to indicate to us that there is a problem before it’s too late. We may not know what the symbols always mean, but by detecting a fault or an issue, we are able to seek the help to fix the problem before it causes further issues.  

The rise of electric cars

Electric vehicles are only becoming popular, but were introduced over a century ago. By 2030, the UK’s government has proposed that three-fifths of cars sold should be electric.  Whether this target is met remains to be seen, but with dealerships ready to introduce the new electric version of the popular Corsa to their fleet next year, it’s clear that many manufacturers realise the importance of the electric car’s future.  

You can’t deny that there have been many changes over the years that have changed the way we get around. With plans in place to have fully autonomous cars rolled out as soon as 2021, it’s clear that technology will never cease to change the car industry — find out more from expert Vauxhall dealers today. The invention would mean that in less than 150 years, we would have gone from our first car to our maiden autonomous car. Now that is fast!