• Be prepared for a winter breakdown

    During the winter months, there is a much greater likely hood of breaking down. Firstly, you tend to put much more drain on the battery, particularly when defrosting the car on frosty mornings or using thee light s without the engine running. There’s also the bad weather to contend with. Whether it’s flooding, high winds or heavy snow, there’s a real risk of getting stranded in your car. It’s worth considering that if you are stranded due to bad weather, then a recovery vehicle may not be able to reach you immediately due to those weather conditions. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to pack a basic survival kit in your boot, just in case. Extra clothes, blankets and even a little food and water could be a life saver. Always make sure your mobile phone is charged…
  • Baby and toddler car seats

    Buying a car seat for your baby or toddler can be a worry. You may not have a lot to spend but certainly do not want to skimp on safety and quality. The advice is to never buy a second hand car seat unless you know it has been looked after and not been involved in a car accident, so ideally only from family or close friends. There are many different types of car seats available and knowing which one to get can be tricky. When the child is newborn, they need to be in a rearward facing seat, this can be either Isofix or using the car seat belt. Once the child is old enough (although actually weight of the child is more important than age as children vary in sizes when at the same age) you can move…
  • Defrosting your car window screen

    With winter fast approaching us (and many of us feeling like it is already upon us) it is soon going to be time to start thinking about defrosting your car in the mornings. For many of us, we simply do not have the time or secure place needed to start our car in advance and allow it to defrost naturally as the engine gets warmer therefore we need to find a safe and effective way of doing it. People often state that the quickest way is to pour boiling or hot water on to your window screen, and although this can clear a screen very quickly can also damage your screen causing it to crack. This is especially true if you have already got any chips on the screen. De-icer is a popular product used on screens which will melt…
  • Dog car seat belts

    If you have a dog and often take it in the car or on long journeys then you may want to invest in a dog seat belt. This is essentially a harness that is fitted round your dog and then clipped on to the regular seat belt fitted within your car. These have been proven to in-case the safety aspect for the dog when travelling but can also assist in safety for the driver as the dog is not able to jump over the seats etc. When purchasing one of these car accessories it is worth while reading the reviews as some of them state that they do not stay tight meaning the dog can therefore get out or even twist themselves around in it. Many of the car seat belt harnesses can also be used as a normal walking…
  • Driverless cars – are they the future?

    Certainly the technology is already there, and a lot of it is creeping into your car without you really noticing it. Lane departure warning has been with us for years, so it’s no stretch to teach the car to steer you away from danger. Autonomous parking can take any fiddly manoeuvres right out of your hands. Most major manufacturers now have tested mules that can talk to each other and interact. You may have heard of the Google car – it’s a rapidly developing domain. Slowly the car is taking over more and more of our driving, until ultimately we will drive no more, except for entertainment, confined to enthusiasts on tracks. If you don’t control the car, you could simply order it to collect and deposit you at will, and pay on demand. As all the cars interact, you…