Car safety is not the most glamorous of subjects, but it remains hugely important for obvious reasons. That’s arguably even more the case when it comes to choosing a used car rather than a new one, where crash performance and safety features might not necessarily be up to the latest standards.
With 37.9 million vehicles registered for use on Britain’s roads it’s hardly surprising that traffic jams are commonplace. Indeed, research conducted by traffic information provider Inrix shows that in 2017 drivers in the UK spent an average of 31 hours in traffic jams during peak hours.
If you live in the UK and own a car that’s over three years old then it is more than likely to be one of the 30 million that goes through an annual MOT test to ensure it is in roadworthy condition. But did you know that on May 20 2018 the rules surrounding the UK’s MOT test are changing?
In honor of National Superhero Day, we’re taking a look at auto tech that gives today’s drivers their very own superpowers – no need to slide into the nearest phonebooth for a costume change.
Whether you’re connecting your phone to a rental car or your own car, you’ll want to make sure you erase your personal phone data before returning or selling your vehicle. Any time you connect your phone to a car infotainment system, your number as well as your contacts and other data may be saved to the car’s memory. Continue reading >>>
We are now all of course only too aware of the havoc caused by the so-called ‘Beast from the East’. Damaged cars, stranded motorists, communities cut off by the snow; it showed just how unprepared the UK is when the weather really turns.
It might be time to open the conversation about requiring dash cams on all vehicles.
Have you ever witnessed an accident, or been in one, and wished you’d been able to record the events leading up to the collision? A dashboard camera, or dash cam, may be able to help with that. The current versions sit on one’s dashboard or attach to the windshield.
Dash cams are legal to own in the United States, but using one has its positives and negatives. Continue reading >>>
Like it or not, you are the average American consumer.
So am I.
We all take our paychecks, however large or small, and buy what we want or need. We buy gifts online, we buy food in stores, we order coffee on the way to work. We can do it in person or via our smartphones. But shopping from our cars?
Your car has been the one place that’s been free of e-shopping. But GM has just changed that with an app that looks to add a dose of convenience, and probably caffeine, to your daily drive. Continue reading >>>
New technology that makes cars easier to drive, more fuel efficient, and better connected could also be the reasons why new cars are less reliable than they’ve been in the past.
It wasn’t that long ago when a car buyer could take home a sedan with a 5-speed manual transmission, a CD player, a steering wheel, a basic 4-cylinder motor, and air conditioning. Cars like that could be driven for decades with minimal problems. Heck, Toyota and Honda built their businesses on those cars and still benefit from that reputation for reliability.
Things are changing, though. As cars become more advanced, their reliability is decreasing. Continue reading >>>