Five ways to stop your tyres wearing out so quickly

What’s your favourite way of spending your hard-earned cash? For most of us, it’s certainly not a set of new tyres. With the exception of dedicated car enthusiasts, tyres are just a necessary (and expensive) evil. So, assuming that you’d rather spend your readies on something more interesting than black rubber hoops, let’s look at… read more

Four Favourite First Cars of Yesteryear

Ah, you never forget those all-important firsts. First pet, first love, first job… and first car. For people of a certain age, just mentioning their first car is enough to make them go all misty-eyed. Maybe it’s because first cars are a reminder of freedom and youth, of a time in our lives when mortgages… read more

Reducing Insurance Costs for Young Drivers

Car insurance is a significant expense for young drivers. We look at how you can keep the costs down. In our most recent post, we pointed out how much things had improved for young drivers — because today, they have a range of fantastic little cars available in which to gain driving experience. But it’s not… read more

What’s the Best VW Group Car for a New Driver?

All hail new and learner drivers! Over the next few posts, we’ll be focusing on car-owning newbies, with a look at the choices and challenges they face in 2020. And just to keep the geezers happy, we’ll take a walk down memory lane and go misty-eyed over the beloved first cars of yesteryear. First cars… read more

Small cars we’re looking forward to in 2020

This post was originally going to be, ‘Cars We’re Looking Forward To In 2020’. But when we saw just how many amazing cars are on the way next year (Lotus Evija, anyone? Tesla Roadster?), we realised we needed to focus on one market. In our blog, we usually stick to VW Group cars. But this… read more

7 Christmas-Related Driving Hazards

For UK drivers, December means short days, lousy weather and increased holiday traffic. And as if that isn’t enough, there’s a whole bunch of Christmas-related shenanigans to contend with. Weird and mostly wonderful, we’ve listed our top seven Xmas distractions that will test your driving concentration. 1. Extreme Christmas House Lights Most of us like… read more

Can We Finally Trust Manufacturers’ MPG Figures?

So many inflated mpg figures, so many disappointed motorists. How did manufacturers’ fuel economy claims go so wrong — and can we trust the official figures now? Way back in 2006, a friend of ours bought a shiny new Suzuki Alto. Frankly, it was a pretty terrible car: slow, poorly equipped, flimsy and dull to… read more

Speed Limits and Converted Vehicles — Don’t Get Caught Out!

On the face of it, UK laws on speeding are pretty simple. For each public road, there are designated speed limits. These are different according to what type of vehicle you’re driving. However, there are at least two areas where things aren’t so obvious. Get these wrong and you could get a speeding ticket —… read more

Five Remarkably Easy Ways To Reduce Wear On Your Car

Your car suffers a lot without complaining. It doesn’t whinge when you don’t clean it for months. It stays quiet when you chuck your Twix wrapper in the footwell. It doesn’t even protest when you sing along to S Club 7. In return, the least you can do is show your car a bit of… read more

Our Favourite Car Owners’ Reviews

Years ago, the only car reviews you could read came from motoring journalists. Clarkson and Co aside, what you got was a reasonable and restrained summary of a model’s strengths and weaknesses. Ah, but that was before the internet. Today, anyone with a keyboard can review a car. And they do — with extravagant praise,… read more