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eyesight, driving standards, road safety, eye test, driving test, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

The Eyes Have It! Driving & Your Eyesight

As a dedicated specoid, I ensure that I get a regular eyesight test annually and change my glasses accordingly. I don’t like contact lenses because I know it will all go wrong and I have this vision (sorry) that they will slide out of the back of my eye and collect in the space where my brain used to be pre-Brexit. Continue reading

Seat Leon ST, new cars, family cars, SEAT, estate cars, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring blog, car blog

Seat Leon ST – Family Xcellence

They say that the first impression informs the ultimate opinion about a person or thing but it is often the case that the first impression does not always reveal the hidden talents within. This was the case with my week with the Seat Leon ST (Sports Tourer) seen in my snaps. Continue reading

car insurance, utilities, car premiums, motor insurance, rip-off Britain, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring blog, car blog

Are We Ripped Off On Car Insurance?

We live in a world where we take advice from a meerkat. Worse still, we are obliged to take advice from government ministers and that advice is to switch. Everything. All the time. Not that many years ago we took out car insurance with this or that company and there we stayed, our policies renewing year on year. Continue reading

2040, emissions, N0x, electric cars, EV, alternative fuels, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring blog, car blog

2040: Yes, But Have They Thought It Through?

Following the government’s announcement that the sale of petrol and diesel cars must stop after 2040 a taxi driver was interviewed by some television Johnny. He was broadly in agreement with the idea but wondered how taxi drivers – for example – would manage given the EV range issue as it stands today. Continue reading

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Why Van Hire Makes Sense For Small Businesses

In the challenging economic environment that the average small business has to perpetually endure these days, often the need for a company vehicle is an expense too far. On the other hand, the fast paced demands of the modern world mean that customers and clients want their goods and services now, not later. Continue reading

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Suzuki Swift: Great Value Supermini

All versions of the good-looking Suzuki Swift tip the scales at well under 1000kg thus delivering a lively and fun driving experience from the available economic engines. I liked the previous model a lot and this new one improves on that across the board. The test car, in top-of-the-range SZ5 trim, came loaded with extras (see the full spec below) and still cost under £16k, making this supermini tremendous value. Continue reading

young driver, roadsafety, Learner Driver Week, driving test, new driver, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring, cars, Pass Plus, driving courses

Are Young Drivers Ready For The Road After Their Test?

A recent survey asked 1,800 young and learner drivers, about the process of learning to drive. It highlighted some concerns. These worries are being addressed this very week which is designated Learner Driver Week to encourage positive change and make driving as accessible, valuable and affordable as possible. Continue reading

Audi A4, A4 saloon, TFSI, new cars, executive car, prestige car, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring blog, car blog

Audi A4: Pound For Pound Is This The Best Car Around?

That’s a fair question and I know what my answer would be. There are of course many Audi A4 variants. Audi do not miss a trick when it comes to offering something for everyone on every model. In this case the car on test is an A4 saloon with a 2.0L TFSI 248bhp (252PS) quattro S-tronic in S-Line trim. It has got the lot. If you check out the options list below I cannot frankly see anything I would like to add, except maybe Audi’s Virtual Cockpit which is the best thing since sliced bread. I would also like to specify a lower price. Continue reading

holiday, Brexit, driving abroad, driving in Europe, holidays, Kwik Fit, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring blog, car blog

Holiday Abroad While You Still Can?

Across the short stretch of water that will soon be officially called La Manche lies a mysterious continent called Europe. I mention this because a new study reveals that Brexit could bring a boost to the tourism industries of a number of European nations over the next two years as more Brits holiday on the continent before we exit the EU, with Italy and Spain profiting the most presumably because they have the best weather. Continue reading

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An Ongoing Struggle With The Pothole

A problem that just won’t seem to go away for drivers across the whole of the UK are potholes – especially if the results of a new report by the RAC is anything to go on. According to their figures, between January and March 2017, the RAC dealt with over 6,500 breakdowns, which were likely attributable to poor road surfaces. The last time that so many pothole-related breakdowns were recorded in a three-month period was in the first quarter of 2015 (almost 6,900 breakdowns were recorded then). However, in the early months of 2015, the country was subjected to more days of frost and rainfall when compared to the first three months of 2017, when the nation experienced mild and moderately dry conditions. Continue reading