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Be Sure, Know the Law: Everything you need to Know about the New Driving Laws 2018

With new driving laws introduced in the beginning of 2018, you may be wondering, how will they affect me? Keeping up to date with these changes can be a challenging task and should you break the regulations, you could be faced with a large fine, driving ban or in the worst-case scenario, imprisonment. With that in mind, we thought we’d make things easier for you to ensure you’re driving safely on the roads and avoid breaking the law!

Changes to Road Tax

High polluting vehicles are of course, bad for the environment. As a result, in April 2018 the government introduced new car tax regulations with the aim of reducing the number of these vehicle on the roads and in turn improving air quality. So, what does this mean? Unfortunately, it’s not good news for diesel drivers. Road tax has now increased for new diesel vehicles bought on or after 1 April 2018.  But, all is not lost. The good news is, these charges will only apply for 1 year – and we can’t complain if we’re helping the environment, right? It is also worth noting, if you’ve been considering buying a flash new car, you will have to pay more taxes if the vehicles costs £40,000 or more, regardless of fuel type.

Changes to MOT

It is, yet again, bad news for diesel drivers (sorry folks!)  Changes were made to MOT regulations in May 2018, which has resulted in lower amounts of acceptable emissions levels. In simpler terms, if your vehicle has a high level of emissions, it may fail the MOT. If your car is fitted with a diesel particulate filter for example, it will automatically fail the test if it emits visible smoke. If the filter has been removed or damaged, it will also result in a MOT failure. For those that own classic vehicles, there is some good news! Vehicles over 40 years old and which were registered in or before 1978 no longer require a MOT certificate. This is because statistics suggest that classic vehicles are well maintained and looked after, obviously because they are worth a lot of money, and therefore they are less likely to be in an accident or fail the MOT test when compared to newer vehicles. Vehicles are also required to undergo more vigorous testing which include checking break discs. There are three new categories which have been introduced when calculating results, these are minor, major and dangerous. If your vehicle falls within either the major or dangerous category, it will automatically fail. Any vehicle which receives a minor result will pass the MOT and the minor faults will be noted on the certificate.

Changes to Motorway Laws

As of the 4th June 2018, learner drivers can drive on the motorway if they are accompanied by their driving instructor and are at an advanced level, meaning they are close to being able to take their test. Before this change, driving students were unable to drive freely on the motorway until they had their license. This change was introduced in hope that it would improve motorway knowledge of new drivers, resulting in fewer accidents.

Other Changes to look out for

  • It is rumored that new regulations to stop motorists driving on lanes that are closed on the motorway will be coming into effect at some point in 2018. Although this is already an illegal offence, it is often ignored. This new law will result in perpetrators receiving a fixed penalty if caught – the likelihood of being caught is high as the offence will be monitored by the same cameras that monitor speeding.
  • We could see the introduction of digital driving licenses according to Utility Saving Expert.
  • New drivers could face the prospect of being banned from driving at night for up to two years after passing their test. Statistic shows that more accidents happen in the evening and involve recently passed drivers. This legislation is therefore designed to safeguard new drivers and help prevent accidents until drivers are more confident on the roads.




Tips to take care of your car

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  • Always keep the windshield clean- A grimy, bug-splattered windshield is a safety hazard, as blocks your sight of the road. So give it a standard cleaning. Utilizing the spongy piece of the gas station squeegee, splash the entire windshield with the cleaning liquid. At that point pull the squeegee firmly from the center of the windshield to the sides, completing off the rest of the streaks by pulling it top to bottom. This is particularly imperative after a long drive on the highway.
  • Keep checking tire pressure at specific intervals- Keeping up the appropriate tire pressure will keep you safe and even spare you a little money. Improperly inflated tires — and this may mean over-inflated or under-inflated — don’t handle or stop like the tires with the right pressure. They expand your shot of a blow out. Additionally, tires with the right pressure have longer life and increase your fuel efficiency. Tire pressure is something you need to watch out for, as it always shows signs of change as the tires log miles and the temperature varies. That is the reason it’s so vital to check it consistently and fill air when required. A few specialists say you ought to do this at each gas station, bust like with the oil check, every other top off ought to be sufficient to get any problems solved before they turn out to be enormous issues.Car Care
  • Check oil level and fill up as needed- Motor oil is essential to your car’s performance. Its most essential activity is to lubricate all the moving parts in your engine so they don’t granulate and result in dysfunction. It also transfers heat far from the combustion cycle and traps and holds all the nasty byproducts of combustion, sending it to the oil filter. In the event that your engine doesn’t have enough oil, your car is at risk of going kaput. To ensure your car always has enough oil, it’s imperative to start routinely checking it. Your owner’s manual likely recommends that you do this at each gas top off, yet every other is commonly sufficient. Checking your car’s oil level is super easy. All you require is a clean paper towel, adequate light, and around three minutes.

  • Keep the car clean- Other than performing regular maintenance, another critical piece of dealing with your car is keeping it clean. Wash your car regularly. Consistently cars are subjected to sun, salt, grease and grime, acid rain, smog, tree sap, dead bugs, and to top it all off, the acidic compound of bird poop. These things consume paint, and once that is gone, they will eat at the metal in your car. While neglecting to wash your car won’t result in prompt harm, after some time the components will corrode your vehicle, alongside its potential re-sell value.

Top Auto Shows of all time

  1. Frankfurt Motor Show– Officially referred to as Automobil-Ausstellung, this show is declared as the king of car shows of all time. The auto show has been split into since 1991, one where in the even years commercial vehicles are put on display in Hanover, Germany and in the odd years passenger vehicles are exhibited. The origins of this car show can be traced back to the 1800s and has developed to become the best car show ever.
  2. Woodward Dream Cruise– This car show is a car lover’s paradise with more than 30,000 muscle cars and hot rods. The car shows has hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world. The origins of this show could be traced back to 1848, when street racing used to happen where carriage drivers used to race on the streets. This trend has slowly turned into a car exhibition.
  3. Auto Shanghai– In recent times, China had become a vial target for the automobile industry and this can be said from the addiction to cars that the country has shown in the recent years. Shanghai Auto was started in the 1800s and is held every two years since then. This show is the main event for Western car companies as they come to showcase their creations to the Eastern market.
  4. International Geneva Motor show– Held in the city’s Palexpo complex, the International Geneva Motor show has become one of the main reasons for the city of Geneva being a meeting place for thousands of world affairs. The show witnesses millions of automotive enthusiasts to come and witness the greatest car creations in the world.
  5. Paris Motor Show– The Paris Motor Show is the first motor show to held ever in the world and is one of the major events where car companies come to show off their most innovative and latest designs to the world. The first Paris Motor Shows to be ever held was in the year 1898 and is being held every year since then.
  6. Pebble Beach Car week– Considered as one of the biggest rallies in the world, the Pebble Beach Car Week is held in California with several events happening such as auctions, cocktail hours and vehicle exhibition. The Pebble Beach Car witnesses thousands of  millionares and luxury car owners from around the world and these cars are auctioned off for millions dollars throughout the week.
  7. Goodwood Festival of Speed– This car show is held every year in West Sussex, England for three days in the summer months. The festival attracts more than 100,000 crowds of car enthusiasts. The festival is held in the Goodwood estate grounds and features several events and attractions.

Top 10 cars of all time

  1. Buggati Veyron– Produced in the year 005, Veyron stands to be the top car of all time. The car is assembled in Molsheim, France. The car has a mid-boggling horsepower of 1000-1184 and the highest speed of this car is 267.8mph. Buggati Veyron was the result of constant creative thinking and dreaming by the chairman of Volkswagen, Ferdinand Piech. The car was the fastest street legal car for some time after its production and has named car of the decade by Top-Gear a BBC program.
  2. Porsche 918 Spyder– This car is produced between the years 2013-2015 and assembled in Stuttgart, Germany. It has the brake horsepower of 608-767 and its recorded top speed is 210mph. This car is considered as the best production from Porsche and they believe that the car can take the technical capabilities of hybrid to the limits of what is possible. The Spyder has 4.6 litre V8 engine and has the high horsepower of 887 when boosted with two electric motors.                                                                                                 
  3. Corvette Stingray (C7)– The production of the Stingray started in the year 2013 in Kentucky, USA and is still in production. This the seventh generation of Corvette owned by Chevrolet. The car has a horse power of 460 and the highest speed is 195mph.The car is unique with its light-weight aluminium frame, and carbon panels.
  4. Audi Quattro– Produced in the year 1980-1991, this beauty was assembled in Ingolstadt, Germany. The car has the horsepower ranging between 197 in the Original Quattro to 591 in the Sport Quattro. This car is considered as one of the most iconic cars in the World Rally Championship of all time. The car could reach 60mph speed in just 4.8 seconds.
  5. AC Shelby Cobra– The Cobra was produced from the year 1962-1969 in California, USA. There were only 998 AC Shelby Cobras ever. The Cobra had a horsepower of 425-485 and its top speed recorded was 164mph and had a Ford V8 engine.
  6. Ferrari LaFerrari– Assembled in Maranello, Italy, the car’s production started in 2013 and continues till today. The car has a V8 engine with 9000 RPM; this car is declared as one of the best cars Ferrari has ever made. The car has a horsepower of 789-963 and the highest speed of the car is 217mph.
  7. Mercedes-Benz 300SL– This vintage classic’s racing model was produced between 1952-1953 and its production car version was produced in between 1954-1963. The car is a beauty with the horsepower of 212 and its top speed recorded was 160mph. The car has a revolutionary design, something that has inspired a whole new generation of cars. This car is considered as the first ever super car.


Biggest Car Production Companies in the World

  1. Toyota Motor Fleet– With a unit sales of 10.2 million and the 330,000 number of employees working, Toyota motors is the largest car production company in the world. It produced more than 10 million cars since its incorporation in 1937, when it was founded by Kiichiro Toyota. The company is head quartered in Japan and produces automobiles, luxury vehicles, commercial vehicles and engines.
  2. Volkswagen Group- One of the toughest competitor for the top spot as a car production company, Volkswagen has a unit sales of 10.1 million and the number of employees work for the group 592,586. However the sales of the Volkswagen group have been at a low rate since 2014, despite the 5.9% gain in overall industry sales. Despite its defeat against Toyota for the top spot, Volkswagen still remains to be the top car brand chose in the Europe.
  3. General Motors- Originated in United States of America, General motors has sold more than 9.92 million cars. The company is hires 216,000 employees. The company has four different brands for automotive production. The giant has recently extended to several parts of the world. Even with a decline in the world revenue, the car company has seen a rise in the profits of the company,Australian-Car-Brands-Logo
  4. Renault- Nissan Alliance- Originated in France and Japan respectively, the alliance has unit sales of 8.47 million. The alliance has 450,000 employees. This partnership has increased the global vehicles by 2.5%. The alliance gained high popularity in the Europe and Renault has seen its profits rise by 86%.
  5. Hyundai Motor Group- The Hyundai Motor Group is originated from South Korea. It has unit sales in 7.71 million and the number employees under the Hyundai organization are 249,366.
  6. Ford Motor- Originated in United States of America, Ford motors has a consistent winning streak since 2013. The unit sales of the company are 6.32 million with 224,000 employees. Europe is Ford Motor’s target matter and are staying alert, vigilant and hardworking to ensure the most efficient global performance. In the recent years, the company saw a rise in the profits of the company.
  7. Fiat-Chrysler- Originated in Itlay, United States of America, the Fiat-Chrysler has made unit sales of 4.75 million. Fiat is infamous for the record breaking $105 million for failing to fulfil 23 safety measures in more than 11 million vehicles. Fiat- Chrysler had to buy back the cars that do not fulfil the safety measures and make amends.
  8. Honda Motor- Originated in Japan, Honda Motors is one of the biggest car production companies. The unit sales of the company are 4.36 million and the number of employees hired in 199,368.