The headlights of some newer cars are so bright they are causing a road safety hazard for drivers with as many as two-thirds (65%) of motorists saying they regularly get dazzled by oncoming headlights even though they are dipped. 15% of motorists surveyed by the RAC claim they have suffered a near-miss as a result of being dazzled by modern headlights that they believe are too bright. While it is well known that older drivers often have difficulty when driving at night due to glare from headlights, the RAC findings about the dazzling effect of some new car headlights were similar among drivers of all ages. A range of different types of headlights are fitted to UK vehicles from the traditional halogen headlamps to the brighter, newer xenon, or high intensity discharge, lights whic...
The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced two new members joining its fold. Mobiletron, manufacturer of engine management sensors and rotating electronics, and TVS EAG (Excel), supplier of steering and suspension parts, will both be able to take advantage of the body’s membership benefits, including networking opportunities, informative events, dispute resolution cover, merchandise and more. Mark Wilson, Mobiletron Marketing Manager said: “We’re very keen to promote the independent automotive aftermarket and joining IAAF seemed like the natural next step. Being part of this membership supports the aftermarket as a whole as well as who we are and what we represent as a company. We very much relish the chance to become a proactive member, not just to ra
When it comes to basic vehicle maintenance, there is a large gap in confidence levels between ‘generation Z’ and ‘generation Y, according to new research. A study by vehicle insurance firm LV= found that millennials come out on top for their car maintenance skills, with 50% of 17-24 year olds saying they would find it easy to perform some basic car maintenance themselves. Unfortunately, confidence falls amongst older drivers, with 31% of those aged over 45 saying they would find it easy to repair a simple problem with their vehicle. These results stand in stark contrast to the widely held belief that older generations have a better knowledge of car maintenance compared to younger generations. Changes in the modern driving test curriculum and Google are having a significant imp
Colleagues, friends and associates are paying tribute to the life and career of one of the UK aftermarket’s most colourful characters, Alec Morgan, following his untimely death recently. In a career spanning some four decades, Alec will be best remembered for the invaluable and outstanding contribution he made to the industry, and for the enthusiasm he showed across the senior positions he occupied, most recently as Key Account Manager at Banner Batteries (GB) Limited. Indeed it was Alec’s association with the battery sector, and Banner in particular that he is most widely recognised for. Alec initially became involved with automotive batteries when he worked as Sales Director at his father’s business – Alan A.Morgan Ltd - that distributed brands such as LUK, Banner and SWF. Foll
This year, the London Motor Show moves to the ExCeL Centre in London's Docklands, promising a bigger and better experience than previous years - and you can be there with Auto Repair Focus! We have six pairs of tickets to the Friday running of the show - May 18th - up for grabs. All you need to do is sign up for the free Insight newsletter below, including your name, business name and email address, and we will pick six lucky winners from random. That's it, no strings attached, simply pop a few details into this form and you're in with a shout. The Insight is Auto Repair Focus' fortnightly newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox. It will bring you the latest news, features, videos and a link to our podcast - The Tune Up - where you can hear managing Editor Phil Curry and Adv...
The Autofirst Network has signed up its 300th member with Sussex-based Uckfield Motor Services joining the programme. The garage has signed up just six months after Autofirst reached 200 members and is already seeing a financial return from the scheme. Autofirst was set up by Euro Car Parts last year and offers members a package of national warranty programmes, marketing campaigns, access to a web-based management system and technical partnerships providing training and support. One additional benefit of joining Autofirst is access to the Euro Academy, an innovative information resource set up by Euro Car Parts. This includes a technical helpline, which has already helped the group’s latest signing to solve a potentially tricky throttle position sensor problem on a Volvo V50. Uck
Automechanika Birmingham is once again calling on independent garages across the UK to enter its ‘Garage of the Year’ award. The competition is open to all garages across the United Kingdom, with entrants explaining the reasons why they should win the award and walk away with £1,000. This year, there are six categories for garages to enter, recognising the diversity of UK businesses. The winner of each category will be announced at an evening dinner to be held at The Director’s Club, Aston Villa FC on 5 June, which all category finalists will be invited to attend free of charge. The overall Garage of the Year winner will then be announced at the show on 6 June from these six category winners. Last year’s first-ever ‘Garage of the Year’ award was won by local garage MotorServ-U
The UK new car market has suffered another monthly decline, with diesel sales hit hard during February. According to new figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), last month saw the country’s registrations dip by 2.8% compared to February 2017. While the start to the year has been disappointing, figures for the first three months of last year were higher than normal, due to new vehicle excise duty (VED) rules being implemented in April 2017. February is traditionally a quiet month, as buyers prepare to spend on new plate vehicles introduced in March. In January, new car sales were down 5.3%. Therefore a 2.8% drop is an improvement, although the current year is still 5.1% down over the first two months. Overall, 80,805 units were sold. Dem
New analysis released by Kwik Fit reveals that this coming month is set to break MOT records. March 2018 will see the largest number of MOTs carried out in any single month since the introduction of twice-yearly registrations in 1999. This peak comes because the new month sees cars, which were newly registered in March 2015, requiring their first MOT. 492,774 new cars were registered three years ago, the largest monthly figure since August 1998 (the last year before the switch from one to two new registration plates per annum). As a result, this month will see the biggest monthly increase in three-year-old cars in almost two decades. It is not only the growth in three-year-old cars which is going to cause increased demand for MOT appointments this month. Kwik Fit’s analysis of 22
The UK automotive industry has called for realistic policies from the UK Government to support the transition to a low carbon future, with a warning that the anti-diesel agenda and slow take-up of electric vehicles could mean industry misses its next round of CO2 targets in 2021, with negative consequences for the UK’s own climate change goals. The move came as a new report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) confirmed that the fleet average CO2 of newly registered cars rose for the first time on record in 2017 – despite vehicles becoming ever more efficient. The SMMT New Car CO2 Report 2018: Driving the transition to a low carbon future reveals that carbon tailpipe emissions rose for the first time in two decades last year, by 0.8% to 121.0g/km. Th