Fuel of the Future

Love the idea of an electric car but put off by the lack of range, long charge times and the weight of all those batteries? Well, Toyota may have the answer: Hydrogen fuel cells. And they’ve recently decided to share thousands of patents on their hydrogen fuel cell technology…for free! Cars powered by these fuel cells could offer increased range over their battery powered counterparts, with much faster refuelling, an abundant fuel source (hydrogen gas can be obtained from ordinary water) and best of all the only stuff coming from the exhaust is good old H2O. Of course there are...

Driving a BMW in the wi...

I had often heard that BMW’s are not very good in wet and icy conditions but I didn’t realise quite how bad they could be until I owned one through winter. There are a number of factors that can cause a car to underperform in wintery conditions and if you have a car that struggles in the wet, then you may want to consider the points below. Rear wheel drive cars are often worse in the winter than front or four wheel drive vehicles. This is something to consider when making you initial purchase. Tyres have a great effect on...

The new Hyundai ix25 re...

  Hyundai have recently released pictures of the new ix25 model that they are going to be selling in 2015. The Hyundai ix25 is a supermini-sized SUV, and it comes as no surprise that they have decided to manufacture one as up until now they do not have a small SUV in their range. The styling is very much based on that of the Hyundai’s larger ix35 which was first launched in August 2013. The new ix23 has already received great reviews from those lucky enough to get an early test drive of the car. The great thing about Hyundai’s,...

Private Plates In The U...

When you buy a car, it’s a general requirement by the law to have it registered. However, many people still don’t know what it entails to have a private plate on their vehicles, and that’s because most of them opt for a general number plate. Well, if you’re looking to install a private plate on your car or vehicle, then this article will help you unravel how to go about it and what it means to have such a plate. Overview of private plates It basically involves buying a personalised number, which also gives you the right to assign and...

Checks that you should ...

It is essential for you and your passengers’ safety that you carry out routine checks on your car at regular intervals. Your car is only MOT’ed once every 12 months and a lot of things can happen in that time that could mean your car is not roadworthy. A few of the main things that should be checking include: Tyres: check that they have the correct pressure in, there is no major damage to them and that they are within the legal limit which is 1.6mm across 75% of the tyre Water / coolant: these levels are fairly easy to...

Preparing for a Long Jo...

A long drive can take its toll the driver and it’s important to properly prepare, especially if you’re going to be driving for more than 4 hours. Planning the route is always important, and you are likely to want to keep it as short as possible by avoiding high traffic areas and accident prone roads. Noting places where you can stop off can ensure your journey is broken up slightly and this is especially important when you’re travelling back at night, otherwise you may find yourself drifting off at the wheel. Whatever time you’re travelling, it’s important to make sure...

The Peugeot 508

Many people will say that Audi and BMW are in a league above Peugeot in terms of producing high quality saloons, while Jaguar, Bentley and Mercedes are in an even higher league. There is something a little bit different this time round though, and the fact is Peugeot has come on leaps and bounds with its recent models. The 508 may be more affordable, and that’s because it is cheaper to make, but you get that trustworthy manual gearbox, plenty of dials for your in-car accessories and a very snazzy digital speedo display. The car really does have a solid...

The Nissan LEAF

The Nissan LEAF may well be a bit of a strangely named car, but it doesn’t glide effortless on our roads and it’s becoming ideally recognised as the world’s best selling electric vehicle. This is largely down to the car’s success in Japan, but it’s a remarkably stylish city car too and you get a really stunning infotainment system. Space is probably a drawback and you may just about have space for a week’s worth of shopping, but then not much else. The car can simply be charged from the front and all you have to do is lift up...