Transport & Car Blog

Vehicle Tax: Your Complete Guide

  Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Note in car window says 'TAX IN POST'

Some time has passed since the tax disc revolution of 2014, when the traditional UK method of displaying car taxation was replaced in a governmental cost-cutting measure.  We’ve put together an up-to-date guide on vehicle tax, better known as Vehicle Excise Duty, to provide clarity to our driving readers – old and new.

The amount of tax you pay on your vehicle is based on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) it emits into the atmosphere.  The rates are variable, divided into bands from ‘A’ to ‘M’.  Each band signifies the amount of emissions allowed by the vehicle, plus the first year tax rate and annual rate after first year.  ‘A’ is the band for vehicles with the least CO2 emissions, all of which are currently completely exempt from car tax.

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Top Ten European Driving Tips

  Monday, 27 March 2017

Map of Europe

When travelling abroad, a car helps you to maximise your reach and experience everything offered by your holiday destination.  Driving through Europe is a renowned pleasure.  In fact, in regards to the law it’s not too different from driving in the UK.  However, if you’re planning a journey to the continent, there are a few pieces of advice we’d like you to be aware of.  Read on for our top ten European driving tips.

First of all: expect toll booths.  Driving on the majority of motorways in the United Kingdom is free of charge, with notable exceptions in the M6, Dartford Crossing or Gloucestershire’s Severn Bridge and Second Severn Crossing.  Germany’s world-famous autobahn is also free.

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10 top tips to keep the pounds in your pocket at the steering wheel

  Friday, 10 March 2017

Wallet and keys on tabletop

While consumer prices are creeping up alongside recent market uncertainty, there’s no reason to spend more than you need to on your vehicle.  That’s why we’ve put together this guide on how to cut down your driving budget.  These ten tips can save you hundreds of pounds a year, maybe more.

Like any machine, cars will run better if they’re properly maintained.  This isn’t about carrying out in-depth mechanics (which is something you definitely shouldn’t do unless you’re trained); it’s simply about doing the basics.  Make sure you’re setting the correct tyre pressure, changing your engine oil and getting your car serviced whenever the manufacturer recommends it.

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The 5 most scenic roads in Europe

  Friday, 24 February 2017

There’s nothing quite like a great road trip.  Here in Europe, we’re blessed with some of the most picturesque driving routes in the world: routes that have been immortalised in everything from video games to movies.

In celebration of Europe, we’re going to take a look at five of the most scenic roads on the continent: we’d recommend getting behind the wheel and heading to any of them.

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Winter driving tips: everything you need to know about driving safely in the colder months

  Friday, 10 February 2017

Tyre tracks

With the recent cold weather, there’s no better time to take a look at your driving technique.  Winter inevitably means more tricky driving conditions, from ice and snow to heavy rain - not to mention the fact that it’s dark by half-past four.

Here, then, are 10 great tips for driving in winter, straight from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and their chief examiner, Peter Rodgers.

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