Monthly Archives: February 2016

road safety, white lines, DriveWrite Automotive

Road Safety – Reading Between The Lines

When driving in Europe amongst foreign persons it pays to learn the rules of the road as they can change from country to country. Standards of driving can vary enormously. Parisian motorists for example see it as their duty to try and kill a tourist a day; it’s a matter of honour to them. Continue reading

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Top 10 Most Anticipated Cars Of 2016

Apart from a house, there is no bigger purchase than a new car. While more than 2.6 million people in the UK bought a car fresh off the production line in 2015, the numbers for this year are expected to be even higher as a raft of highly anticipated new models and face-lifted versions of old favourites hit the market. Continue reading

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Our Disappearing Culture

Picture by Nick Youngson: It’s good that we still have a strongish car culture in this country (although not one that can touch the USA) but, over the coming few years, we will witness it morph and change as the regulations pile up and the interest in proper motors wanes – and it isn’t just our car culture that is disappearing. A few days ago I bemoaned the lack of any decent pop or rock music these days and I don’t want to labour the point again, but I will. Continue reading

Driving, advanced driving, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

Enhance Your Driving Pleasure

2015 saw the 80th anniversary of the introduction of the UK driving test. Quite a lot happened in 1935: Cat’s-eyes were first used on roads (invented in 1933, before anyone says anything), Penguin books published their first volume, Sir Malcolm Campbell set a new land speed record and a certain Mr J Beene passed his driving test, the first person to do so. It cost him the equivalent of 37.5p. Things have moved on a lot since then, especially the cost of taking your driving test which works out at about a million pounds per attempt these days. Continue reading

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All Aboard The Audi A4 Express Train

It’s finally come to this. I have no complaints; no real criticisms. My mind is clear and not clouded by irritating grumbles. Sure, I can nitpick about the Audi A4 3.0L S-Line TDI quattro saloon I recently enjoyed for a week but when all is said and done, for me this car is near perfect. Some may not agree but our criteria for these things often varies. All I can say is that it was very hard to give it back. Very hard. Continue reading

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Car Care – Nature Hates You

You know how the government hates us? We, the great, unwashed populace are seen as just a nuisance, getting in the way of the smooth running of the country with our incessant demands for fairness, equality, decent roads, a proper day’s pay for a day’s work, world peace and that sort of thing. They don’t care for us. Well, unfortunately the news gets worse because nature hates us too; so, just out of spite, all year round it attacks our vehicles which means more grinding work for us. This is why car care is so important. Continue reading

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Infiniti Q30 – First Drive

Let’s get one thing straight from the outset. I am not going to do any ‘To infinity and beyond!’ jokes; I only went to Reading. So it was that, bright and early with the weather staying mercifully dry, I rolled up at the Infiniti premises in the aforementioned town to trial the new Infiniti Q30 Active Compact hatchback and cast a stern, discerning eye over the showroom stock. Continue reading

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Driving To Reading With The Radio On

I went to Reading. Somebody has to. Miles and miles of meandering, mundane motorway culminating in a car crawl through roundabouts and traffic lights just trying to get into the outskirts of the town. I can’t imagine what the centre must be like. Fortunately I was in the surprisingly enjoyable Audi A4 3.0L TDI S-Line (still with me at the mo – reviewing next week) you see in the image so at least my peace of mind remained undisturbed. Or so I thought… Continue reading

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Fashionable Glamping

We, the people, are always looking for different holiday experiences (you can say that again!) but tented holidays? Getting under canvas loses its appeal when you get a bit older. It isn’t like your childhood days of camping in the garden knowing that Mum & Dad were but a shriek away. Now though, it doesn’t have to be that way any more. Continue reading

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Audi Q7 – Out And About

It has been some time since I drove the previous – and only – iteration of Audi’s flagship SUV and, although perfectly fine, it was even then starting to show its age. So the replacement Audi Q7 seen here in sporting S-Line Quattro form is welcome and it makes its predecessor seem like a potentate’s barge. It has been given a complete overhaul. My week with this car has been varied and weather affected yet the Q7 rose above it all to give a great all-round experience. Continue reading