Follow safe driving practices to avoid mishaps 0

Nearly all motorists on a daily basis are guilty of certain driving habits can potentially lead to crashes, near misses or even fatalities. Some of these bad driving habits are not even considered as mistakes by many drivers as it comes to them as their second nature. Adjusting all the side mirrors and rear view(…)

How to cut fuel spend? 0

You may notice your petrol gauge going down rapidly, some days quicker than others. Drivers may wonder why that is and how to indeed be more fuel efficient. With petrol prices continually on the increase, many drivers are desperate to lower their petrol bill. There’s nothing we can do about the high inflated petrol prices,(…)

Ford announce record profits 0

In times of such deep recession with many watching what they spend their money on, it may have come as a big surprise at first to many that Ford’s announced huge profits of a reported £2.6 billion in the first quarter of 2011, their biggest margin since 1998. However demands for greener cars have been(…)

Do we really need an MOT every year? 0

It has very recently been announced that the government is pondering whether to extend the validity of the compulsory MOT Test. Under the new proposals the MOT Test would be done every two years rather than yearly, making the UK closer to the EU in regards to vehicle testing. This will certainly come as good(…)

The history of British motor industry 0

Back in the 1950’s the UK was the world’s second biggest car manufacturer. Many also remember the 60’s as when the industry had its glory days but the British Motor Industry has been declining slowly since. In fact in 2008 it was reported that Britain was the 12th biggest car manufacturer in the world. So(…)

Car Safety Technology 1

There are many new advanced technologies which have been implemented within cars to provide safety for drivers and passengers. These features are standard within most new cars and are being utilised effectively, preventing accidents, near misses and fatalities. Electronic Stability Control is built within all new vehicles. It’s a piece of technology that is used(…)

The SARTRE Project 0

Firstly SARTRE stands for Safe Road Trains for the Environment. It’s a European Government Initiative which is at present being developed, with many different partners involved. In a nutshell, it’s a unique piece of technology to allow a type of Road Cluster for cars which allows them to follow a lead vehicle automatically. Once following,(…)

How is my vehicle powered – how does petrol make my engine work? Part 3 0

Remember from Part 2: Think of each piston in your engine as the leg of a cyclist on a bike. Except you need to imagine the cyclist with four legs (a typical car has four cylinders) or maybe six, eight or more – so a fly on bike, or a spider on a bike.  To(…)

How is my vehicle powered – how does petrol make my engine work? Part 2 0

Remember from Part 1:  When fuel burns, the space taken up by the exhaust gases is much much greater than the space that the original petrol and oxygen took up to start with. This is due to the gases produced, and a lot of heat. In an internal combustion engine, like the one in your(…)

How is my vehicle powered – how does petrol make my engine work? Part 1 0

In a nutshell, the fuel our car uses is a specific ‘fraction’ extracted from the refining of crude oil, which is a naturally occurring liquid, formed from the remains of animals and plants that lived millions of years ago, and were compressed by billions of gallons of sea water. Imagine crude oil is a box(…)