Car Mechanics’ Jargon for the Technically Challenged, Part Two

Bamboozled and befuddled by garage jargon? Tired of pretending you understand what your mechanic is going on about? Then you really need our garage jargon-buster. You should definitely check out Part One of this article first, then continue with the terms below. DPF We actually wrote an article on the DPF back in 2018 —… read more

Car Mechanics’ Jargon for the Technically Challenged, Part One

Don’t you just love jargon? From tech support to pension advisors, doctors to builders, every type of expert assumes you’re fluent in their own special language. For many of us, jargon-filled explanations mean that we’re completely lost within the first few sentences. From then on, it’s a matter of nodding and looking intelligent until the… read more

The Street Fight Over Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, Part Two

  In Part One of this post, we looked at the controversy over Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs), an initiative meant to tackle the increasing amount of traffic on the UK’s residential streets. Essentially, the schemes allow vehicle access for residents, but prevent any through traffic. For supporters, LTNs bring back cleaner air, and some much-needed… read more

The street fight over Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

Grab your placards and fire up your Twitter account, there’s a new controversy brewing on the UK’s streets. To tackle road traffic, some London boroughs are limiting access to motor vehicles, and other cities plan to follow suit. Needless to say, these plans have their supporters and detractors. The battle lines have already been drawn,… read more

The Volkswagen ID4 is here. What’s the verdict? Part Two

  In Part One of this post, we looked at why the Volkswagen ID4 is the company’s next big gamble, and whether it met basic price and practicality requirements for UK drivers. Now let’s turn to the other ingredients for SUV success — has VW cooked up a Sunday lunch or a dog’s dinner? If… read more

The Volkswagen ID4 is here. What’s the verdict?

Volkswagen’s ID4 is another crucial car for the company. As motoring journalists start to post their reviews, we ask whether the electric SUV stacks up for a mass market. Volkswagen’s Big Gamble — Again When it comes to electric cars, no one can accuse Volkswagen of being over-cautious. As other manufacturers dither with massively expensive,… read more

Calling all traffic and driving nerds — here are the random UK stats you need!

Who doesn’t love random statistics about driving and traffic in the UK? Just about everyone, obviously! And don’t forget, driving statistics are also incredibly useful. A few well-placed driving stats can help you: win that all-important argument with a complete stranger on social media send your kids into a frenzy of eye rolling shut down… read more

Smart motorways — not that smart? Part Two.

In Part One of this post, we discussed the idea behind smart motorways and why they raise serious safety concerns. This time, we’ll look at the fate of the Government’s “safety plan”, and some responses to the criticisms of smart motorways. In November 2020, most of us weren’t thinking much about smart motorways. To put… read more

Smart motorways — not that smart?

Smart motorways have the potential to solve a lot of problems — for motorists, the Treasury and the environment. Yet, for their many critics, they’re simply not safe. In this two-part post, we’ll look at both sides of the smart motorway issue. Frankly, the UK motorway system is a mess. When its designers pored over… read more