Even though allowances are often made for speeding drivers, people can still make mistakes. The police can allow you to be 10% over the stated speed limit, plus an extra 2mph for camera calibration inaccuracy. This means you can do 46mph in a 40mph zone and normally avoid prosecution.
Speed limits aren’t there to ruin your life, they’re there to help you to preserve it! Your life, and the lives of other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. These are serious limits and there’s very rarely an excuse for exceeding them.
So, you’ve made a mistake and now you face a fine and penalty points…
If you’ve gone slightly over the limit – 50mph in a 40mph zone, for example – then you may be offered a speed awareness course. If you’re ineligible for the course, you would be offered a fixed penalty of 3 points and a £100 fine. If you have enough room on your licence for the points you may accept it. If you do not accept the offer then the matter will be subject to a Court hearing.
If you already have points on your licence and the number of points applicable for the latest offence would take you to 12 you will not be offered a fixed penalty but the case will automatically go to Court for consideration of whether a disqualification should follow..
If you face losing your licence, you may be extremely worried about the future. You may rely on your driving licence for your job, or for the functioning of your family. The prospect of a driving ban is scary and it’s not something you should face on your own. Read more »
The Donington Historic Festival is a must attend event for any Classic Motorsport fan. You’ll see wonderful racing cars and be able to get up close to the cars and drivers, in a very relaxed environment. It’s very cool.
Whether you’re a long-time enthusiast or have never seen a historic racing car in action before, you’ll find plenty to entertain you at the Donington Historic Festival. After six very successful years the event is firmly established as a major fixture on the international historic racing calendar, attracting many thousands of spectators, hundreds of world-class historic racing cars and huge numbers of classic car club displays.
Donington Park has a fabulous history, from the days of the pre-War Silver Arrows GP cars right through to modern times, and the Festival calls upon all that history, creating a fantastic atmosphere at what is arguably the best spectator circuit in the country. Read more »
I was recently contacted by Number 1 Plates, this UK based company manufacture and supply replacement number plates. Here is a review of my purchase experience and the quality of the plates.
First, I had to visit the website and go to the online plate builder, which was a very simple to use tool. However, before you start to build a number plate make sure you know the size and shape of your number plate that is right for your car. Go and measure the existing plate that you are looking to replace, simple. Most new cars (not classic cars) are standard size (522mm wide by 112mm high). The plate builder is packed with lots of options and features (it even has some model specific plates, such as Range Rover Vogue, Mini Cooper and many more), and I’m told that they are constantly upgrading the hardware and software to give you the best possible finished products.
Okay, so what did we go for…
First we put together a plate for a new Fiat 500, and tried to give it a cool, old look, as befits the car. We chose the standard car plate in acrylic, hi line text, no badge, red border, and red slogan (MyCarHeaven.com). See below…
I am pretty happy with it. I think it is very cool. What do you think? The cost for this is £30.98 + postage (bargain).
Here’s our video from the 2017 London Classic Car Show. On Grand Avenue we got to see some lovely classic cars. Here’s our video of the Coupe Class. The cars on display featured in the Coupé class included:
1966 Alvis Graber Coupé
1969 Mazda Cosmo Series II
1974 Bitter CD
1965 Ford Mustang 289 GT 2+2 Fastback
1973 Ford Capri MkI 3000 GXL
1985 Audi Sport Quattro
After a year’s sabbatical, Supercar Sunday will take up its traditional position at the head of the season, starting the year with a bang in May. With some of the world’s greatest automotive finery, from Porsches to Lamborghinis, Ferraris to Audis on show, expect to be dazzled by some absolutely top-notch metal.
Owning a sports car is often a dream come true. There’s nothing quite like rolling down the road in a sleek, sexy car guaranteed to turn heads anywhere you go. Once you pick up those keys and roll your dream car off the lot, though, the real expenses start. Even an older model sports car can turn out to be a lot more expensive than a regular sedan. What expenses should you plan for when you’re plotting your dream car purchase?
There are a ton of different things to consider when picking up an insurance quote. The year, make, model, number of drivers and even the car’s mileage all help to determine the price of your car insurance. With all that in mind, you can almost guarantee if your car falls into the sports car category, you’re going to be paying more for car insurance.
A European adventure for the mediocre motor car The Outward Bound Trust is proud to announce the return of its epic motoring adventure: The Rusty Rally. The Rusty Rally is a grand European adventure, where teams take on the challenge of driving through 6 countries in 3 days, navigating some of the world’s most famous driving roads and spectacular high mountain passes. Add to the mix that they will be driving a car worth only £500 and this is a road trip worthy of a Top Gear special!
Whether you’re in the market for a new car, or you’re a car seller keeping an eye on the current trends, you’ll know that the crossover is growing in popularity.
With Ford announcing a new crossover version of their ever popular Fiesta model, it might be time for vehicle sellers to take notice of the current trend of raised vehicles. The Fiesta Active will hit UK roads in 2017 and is a continuation of the crossover revolution, with the Nissan Qashqai proving to be the sixth best-selling car of 2016.
Many crossovers are going for a sportier look and this offering from Toyota is no different. The C-HR is heavily customisable and, with plenty of options and colour schemes to choose from, you might never come across identical versions. Unlike the colour schemes, the engine choices are pretty slim, with only a 1.2T petrol engine or a 1.8 Petrol Hybrid. The Hybrid is only available as a front wheel drive automatic, whereas the petrol has a manual (FWD) option and an automatic all-wheel drive engine available too. Its miles per gallon can range from a reasonable 44.8 to a commendable 74.3 mpg.
We attended the London Classic Car Show for the first time last year, this show had come on as you’d expect. You really now need a few days to see everything, as if like us you’re looking at the cars, you’ll miss some of the Grand Avenue runs (we saw a few), or the theatre talks (we missed them all).
First of all let’s start with the traffic getting there. Not a good start. We left Reading for our 1.5 hour journey. It took 2.5 hours, with 1 hour being the last 2 miles getting to the event car park. Serve us right maybe for attending on Sunday when Trains and tube would less frequently. We’ve learnt for next time.
Anyway, once in it was much of the same as last year. Loads of wonderful classic cars on display, many overpriced (in our opinion), but wonderful to gawp at and dream of owning one day. We highlighted our top ten from the event which you can see here.
If you feel nervous at the thought of going to view used cars, then you’re not alone. Many people are concerned about viewing second-hand vehicles in case they get “taken for a ride” with the car they are coerced into buying. If this sounds familiar, there are some key warning signals you can look out for – read on to find out what they are…
The vehicle description
If you come across a seller description that’s vague on details, badly-written and is limited on contact details, it’s an obvious sign that you should give this one a miss. It could be that they’re vague on details because they don’t know enough about the vehicle, and you must ask yourself why. If only a mobile number given, this is another sure sign that they don’t want to divulge too much about themselves. Read more »
Gargling Gas has always been obsessed with the sleeper car. There’s nothing more satisfying than driving a seemingly run-of-the-mill car, knowing you have serious power underneath your right foot.
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