Learning to Love Your DPF, Part Two

In Part One of this post, we reminded ourselves of what a DPF did and looked at its shortcomings. In this part, we’ll look at why the DPF is necessary and how to live with one.   The DPF is not the Devil’s work DPF-related articles and YouTube clips are haunted by angry motorists. You… read more

Learning to love your DPF, Part One

Reviled by many drivers, the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) is a fixture on modern diesel vehicles. Is it time we started learning to love them — or at least how to live with them? There’s no doubt about it: Diesel Particulate Filters have made life more complicated for many drivers. Compulsory on diesel vehicles since… read more

The Best Roads to Drive in Wales, Part Two

In part one of this post, we looked at three dreamy Welsh roads that are either great fun to drive or wind through idyllic scenery (or both). In this part, we present three more routes to fall in love with. Scenic Snowdonia Route — A498,  A5 and A4086 This route takes you through gorgeous Snowdonia,… read more

The Best Roads to Drive in Wales, Part One

OK, we admit we’re biased. But honestly, for anyone who loves driving and/or road trips, Wales is an amazing country. Incredible vistas, beautiful National Parks, satisfyingly twisty A and B roads. And, if you pick the time and place right, hardly any traffic. With the sun starting to put in brief guest appearances, now’s the… read more

Diesel: Dirty or Demonised? Part Two

In Part One of this post, we looked at the air quality problems associated with diesel cars. In this part, we’ll ask if modern diesels have addressed this, as well as the issue of climate change. Are modern diesels ‘dirty’? We spent most of Part One looking at the damage that diesel emissions cause to… read more

Diesel: Dirty or Demonised?

In this two-part post, we take a look at the environmental controversy over diesel cars and ask if buying one is right for our health and for the planet. Diesel vs petrol: it’s not all about you Not so long ago, fuel type and ethics never appeared in the same sentence. You bought a diesel… read more

The Geneva Motor Show: VW Group Round-Up

As the dust settles on perhaps the highest-profile event on the motoring calendar — the Geneva Motor Show — we round up a few of the VW Group highlights. Bugatti and Lamborghini The Geneva Motor Show isn’t all about absurd amounts of horsepower, but it’s certainly plays a major part. The VW Group didn’t disappoint… read more

The fuel-saving tips you can’t ignore

Our last blog post covered the fuel-saving tips that, in the real world, don’t actually amount to very much. This time, we’ll look at two simple ways of making real savings. Fuel-saving. There’s good news and bad news Last time, we established that if you remove all the excess weight from your car and never… read more

Three fuel-saving tips that you can safely ignore

Now that filling your tank feels like you’re stuffing it full of ten-pound notes, we all want the best fuel economy we can get. There’s no shortage of advice on how to achieve this — whether it’s from websites or Dave down the pub — but unfortunately, it tends to be a mixture of solid… read more

Our worst driving playlist

Producing a great driving playlist isn’t difficult. At the last count, there were roughly 3,659 compilation CDs entitled Your 100 Best Driving Tunes (or some variation on that). A selection will be available in your local supermarket. What would be harder, we thought, would be to produce a list of absolutely terrible driving songs. And… read more