Category Archives: Transport

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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

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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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

MOT, DriveWrite Automotive, public transport, car blog, motoring blog

Don’t Let Your Car Let You Down

Britain’s motorists are a put-upon bunch. A day doesn’t seem to go by without some new piece of malevolent legislation designed to create so much monetary, motoring misery that drivers will eventually give up their car and say, “Do you know what, I think I’ll take public transport instead”. Which is, of course, exactly what THEY want. Continue reading

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Man With A Van

Van Monster have just released the results of their survey to find out who the man (and woman) with a van really is.  The survey was completed by van drivers who were asked a series of questions relating to motoring, expenses and work – as well as more light-hearted topics such as what they listen to and even the sauce they have on their sandwiches! Lovely. Continue reading

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Roadworks? Safety And Consideration First!

Roadworks are always inconvenient. By definition, they create a temporary traffic obstruction which means disruption and nuisance affecting all road users, and often pedestrians too. For drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists, roadworks can be the bane of their lives. Excess traffic due to roadworks can cause congestion, delays and diversions. Continue reading

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Parent Alert: Don’t Give Your Daughter Driving Lessons

In an earlier article I mentioned teenage daughters and Greek waiters. This was drawn at least in part from personal experience except it wasn’t Greece but another of our European partners that shall remain nameless so as not to offend their Latin sensibilities. Let’s just say they wear a lot of Armani. Continue reading

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Smoking, Choking Cars

Those amongst you who have been around for a very long time may well remember that there was once a brand of cigarettes called ‘Strand’. The advertisements had the strap-line, “You’re never alone with a Strand”. The standing joke was that total strangers would come up and try and mump a snout from you. Presumably if you happened to be in the City of Westminster, on the Strand, with a Strand, you may have been absolutely mobbed by people, possibly politicians. The point was, smoking made you popular. Continue reading

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Top Tips For Driving Through Flood Water

With all the terrible flooding parts of the UK have seen recently, comes endless flood images on social media and the news showing stranded cars. Naturally a portion of the vehicles you see in these pictures have been swept away, or were parked before the water arrived and there is very little that can be done in these cases. Continue reading