Potholes – The Scourge Of British Drivers Everywhere

Driving can be a really pleasurable experience and something that many people absolutely love to do. But the state of the roads in the UK can often make it more like a nightmare than anything else, as the last thing you want to do is cause damage to your car as you bob along.

Potholes can be found absolutely everywhere and they can cause untold damage to a vehicle, whether it’s to the tyres, wheels, the steering wheel centring, the tracking or something else. Hitting a pothole at higher speed can cause serious problems and you could even lose control of the car and have an accident if you’re really unlucky – so if you do see a pothole, do all you can to avoid it or drive over it as slowly as you can.

Last year’s Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey revealed that the total amount spent in England and Wales in 2015 on filling potholes across each region was estimated to be just over £118 million. This compares to the £144 million spent filling them in the year before – which suggests that pothole problems are only going to increase for drivers in the future.

So what do you do if your car is damaged by a pothole? Your first call to action should be to report it, so that it can be logged officially and your local council has an obligation to get it fixed. Warranty Direct recently set up a dedicated site to help with this (potholes.co.uk), or you could go with fillthathole.org.uk – either one will help you get the ball rolling. Alternatively, you could just get in touch with your local council directly.

However, bear in mind that if you do drive over a pothole and your car sustains serious damage, you could have a claim against the authority that’s responsible for keeping the roads in good condition.

While the pothole problem in the UK doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon, there may well be a change in the air. According to the Daily Telegraph, the Court of Appeal has just ruled that councils should be forced to fix potholes immediately after jogger Lee Crawley tripped on a deep pothole while out running and was unable to bear weight on his ankle for ten days.

Barnsley Council argued that it wasn’t to blame because it took all reasonable care in the circumstances to make sure the highway in question wasn’t dangerous. But Mr Crawley claimed that the authority’s breach of duty and negligence directly caused his injury.

It’ll certainly be interesting to see how this pans out and whether councils around the UK do start to fix potholes in a more timely manner. We’ll be keeping an eye on this story for any developments and let you know what goes on!

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Top Tips For Tyre Maintenance

You could have the brightest and best van alloy wheels that money can buy, if you don’t look after your tyres as well you’ll find you’ve just wasted a tonne of cash. Tyre maintenance is something every driver should know about – so here are some top tips to help you get the most out of your car.

Tyre pressure

You should check this at least once a month, especially during the winter as tyres can lose even more pressure when it’s colder. Don’t put yourself at risk – always check to see that your pressure is right. If it’s not, you run the risk of decreased vehicle handling and premature tread wear.

Replace them sooner rather than later

If you wait until your tyres are on their last legs, you could do untold damage to your car so if you think the tyre tread depth is below the wear bar between the treads make sure you replace them as soon as you can.

Avoid mismatching your tyres

If only one tyre needs replacing (like after a puncture, for example), always make sure you buy a new tyre that’s the same as your others. You could affect the handling of your car otherwise and the rest of your tyres could well see serious wear and tear as a result.

Drive well

You can also protect your tyres by being a good driver, so avoid sharp or unnecessary braking and try to drive as smoothly and carefully as you can. If you see a pothole, do your best to avoid it! And read this article in the Daily Telegraph about why you should be careful when buying second-hand tyres as well.

Iconic VW Campervan Gets An Electric Makeover

Can you name someone who doesn’t love the look of the VW campervan? It’s such an iconic model of car, come to represent freedom, excitement, travel and a certain hedonistic lifestyle that many of us dream about… but which all too often never becomes a reality.

That could all change thanks to the latest model of the vehicle, the I.D. BUZZ concept car, a zero emission, all-wheel drive electric multipurpose vehicle (MPV) that has space for bikes and boards, eight seats and which can travel for up to 600km without having to be charged up again.

The model was showcased for the first time at the North American International Auto Show earlier this month in Detroit. It’s the first MPV that can be driven in fully automated mode as well. All you have to do is push on the steering wheel gently and watch as it moves back instantly, disappears into the cockpit and the I.D. BUZZ is switched from manual to the fully automated I.D. Pilot mode.

The driver is then able to turn around and face the passengers in the back, with laser scanners, ultrasound and radar sensors, a front camera and area-view cameras all scanning the surrounding area. Further traffic data is sent to the vehicle via the cloud.

“The I.D. BUZZ is not just a giant in terms of space: by virtue of its design it also becomes one of the world’s most comfortable cars. At 3,300 mm, it has an extremely long wheelbase. Located in between in the vehicle floor is the battery. It lowers the centre of gravity and ensures perfect weight distribution. The suspension of the I.D. BUZZ, with its electronically regulated shock absorbers, additionally ensures top-class comfort. The zero emission all-wheel drive system with output power of 275 kW / 374 PS (electric motors front and rear each delivering 150 kW) is the perfect match for the car’s dynamic character,” Volkswagen noted in a statement on its website.

Hopefully this new model will help the company repair its damaged reputation following the diesel emission scandal that rocked it hard back in the autumn of 2015. Then, it was revealed that some cars should not have been deemed fit for sale because it is alleged that they produced more nitrous oxide emissions than was permitted. It’s been suggested that cars affected were only able to pass emissions tests because defeat devices were fitted to engines that reduced their emissions under test conditions.

Now, according to the Daily Mail over 25,000 motorists from the UK have joined together in legal action against Volkswagen. The manufacturer agreed on a £15 billion settlement with car owners in the US, but thus far nothing has been offered to drivers in Britain or in Europe.

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2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic Up For Sale!

If you’re into your classic car alloys and the like, and happen to have a small fortune hidden underneath your bed right now, then what about treating yourself to the 2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic that’s just been put on the auction block.

According to the Daily Express, the car – which has a front lip spoiler, ducktail rear spoiler and Fuchs-style alloys, is basically like new since it’s done just 80 miles on the clock. It’s actually one of the rarest 997-generation Porsches as well, since production models of this vehicle were limited to just 250.

Paul Michaels, chairman of Hexagon Classics which is selling the car, said: “The 911 Sport Classic was such a hit with Porsche collectors that the 250-car limited run sold out even before the company officially announced it. It’s not hard to see why – it harks back to legendary 911s like the 2.7 RS but mixes those classic cues with some well-chosen modifications to make it a proper enthusiast’s machine.

Investing in classic cars is generally speaking a win-win situation for those who choose to splash the cash in this way. Speaking to This is Money, Mr Michaels gave his predictions as to which cars would make the best investment for 2017 – including the Porsche 911. He also recommended picking out Astons, Alfas and Jensens, as well as the Jaguar E-type V12 Series III Roadster.

This latter car went up in value by 15 per cent last year, in part because fewer people are now able to afford the earlier Series 1 six-cylinder cars and also because celebrity interest in such models has increased.

Your Complete Guide To Buying Alloy Wheels

If you’ve got yourself a new car and want to invest in BMW alloys or similar, it’s best to do a bit of research and reading first so you know what to shop for and why alloys are such a good investment for you and your vehicle.

Alloys are simply wheels that have been cast from a lightweight mixture of aluminium, which can dissipate heat very effectively – better than steel options, in fact. You can also reduce the unsprung weight of your car by fitting alloys, which means you’ll find you can take advantage of better steering and braking response.

As you research these kind of add-ons, you’ll likely come across the term plus-sizing or up-stepping, both of which mean that you’re increasing the diameter of the wheels while reducing the profile of the tyres so that the rolling radius remains the same. The benefits of this include better handling of the car (as well as improving the appearance of your car overall). However, plus-sizing can make the wheel package heavier, while reducing tyre profile can see the car’s damping deflection under compression reduced as well.

Once you’ve had your new rims added to the car, you’ll need to make sure you know how best to care for them so they stand the test of time. Before the wheels are fitted, coat them with car polish to prevent brake dust and road salt from damaging the surface the first time you use them. You’ll also need to treat the surface of the alloys as well. Use soapy warm water to keep the wheels clean on a regular basis and never use an abrasive cleaner or wire wool pad.

When buying them in the first place, consider which ones would look best on your car. Silver and black are the most popular colour choices, while gloss, matte and polished finishes are good options to go for as well. Then you need to think about spoke patterns – bearing in mind that the design of your alloys will certainly dictate how often you have to clean and maintain your new wheels.

Also think about the cost implications of your new alloys. Because they’re not a necessary part of a vehicle, you can spend an awful lot of money – so do some research to find out what kind of price point you’re looking at and take it from there.

Of course, alloys will show signs of wear and tear after a certain period of time but you can get them looking good as new yourself by sanding down any damaged areas and then repainting them. However, you can always employ an alloy wheel refurbishment specialist to help you get rid of any curb scratches and scuffs.

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