Category Archives: Travel

road safety, fog, ice, driving, motoring, bad driving, DriveWrite, automotive, cars

Road Safety: Drive Safer For ’17

Someone, not me, once said words to the effect of, ‘It isn’t ice or fog or snow or rain that causes car accidents, it is drivers’. Very true. I’m reminded of this by the tragic multi-car pile-up on the A40 at Oxford. Generally, we will never know the actual circumstances but at least one fool was clearly driving too fast for the conditions and roped innocent people into his or her death wish. Once again road safety is a hot topic. Continue reading

Councils, box junction, parking, road safety, DriveWrite, automotive, motoring, car, blog, council tax

MUSTN’T GRUMBLE: 1. The Councils

‘Mustn’t Grumble’ is a new and occasional feature that will appear when I, rather than explode, will find it necessary to have a very British rant: No.1. The Councils

1852: “As to Corporations, Parishes, Vestry Boards and similar gatherings of jolter-headed clods who assemble to exchange such speeches that, by Heaven! they ought to be worked in quicksilver mines for the short remainder of their miserable existence… how thick skulls may become”: Mr Boythorn, Bleak House by Charles Dickens.

2016: So, not much has changed then… Continue reading

Bowood House, Jaguar F-Pace, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring, car, blog

A Change Of F-Pace At Bowood House

A version of this article, written by me, first appeared on Automoblog in the USA:  Last week I was forced to spent my time driving and assessing a Jaguar F-Pace for the ultimate benefit of others. I know what you’re thinking but it really was not too much of a hardship. Somebody has to do it. There’s really no need to thank me. Continue reading

Driving, hot weather, road safety, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

Californians & Driving Up A Sweat

It seems so distant now but it was only a week or so ago when we experienced the hottest day of the year and we all started wilting like un-watered, delicate hot house flowers. At the time of writing this we are back to normal, i.e. rain. Here in the UK we always seem to get caught out by sudden bursts of hot weather which is unsurprising given our climate. For a brief period it looked like summer had truly arrived. Never mind, it could still happen and when it does we need, like good boy scouts, to be prepared – especially when driving. Continue reading

driving, holiday driving, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

Take Care With Holiday Driving

Now that the summer holidays are truly upon us, many of you are likely to be driving off into continental Europe for some hard-earned R&R. Have things changed in Europe given our recent decision? Will you find that a Five Pound note only buys one Euro? Would it be better to barter with bright beads or perhaps live goats? Whatever the welcome you receive one thing never changes: European cops hate you. Continue reading

Isuzu, Arctic D-Max, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

Truck-Tastic: The New Isuzu D-Max Arctic Pick-Up

It’s okay to be a lumberjack. Develop that outdoor thousand-yard stare. These days humble working pick-up trucks have become much more civilised and versatile. Sure, they don’t match up to cars in the comfy ride stakes but they still have a lot to offer fun-loving families as much as industry. Trucks sold in the UK never really match up to the massive machines sold over in ‘Murica but this new Isuzu D-Max Arctic AT35 Truck is starting to look the business. Continue reading

Subaru BRZ, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

Subaru BRZ – Thoughts On Driving Pleasure.

Over half a century ago the late and legendary Colin Chapman, when talking about performance in cars, said, “Simplify, then add lightness”. If around today he would no doubt be delighted by the Subaru BRZ. The BRZ was born from a desire to develop a sports car which was built only to the mantra of sheer driving pleasure. Thanks to this unwavering determination, Subaru have certainly achieved their aim. It’s a pocket rocket. Continue reading

Jaguar XJ, automotive blog, DriveWrite Automotive, car blog, motoring blog

Jaguar XJ R-Sport – An Effortless Way To Lose Your Licence

Previously I said goodbye to the current iteration of the Land Rover Discovery and felt sad at its passing. Demonstrating a shallower side to my nature however I bucked up enormously when I key-swapped the old Discovery for the nice new Ammonite Grey Jaguar XJ R-Sport SWB you see in the snaps. Well, you have to move on, don’t you? Continue reading