A journey back from an event yesterday took me on over 100 miles of motorway. Part of this, the M6 from junction 2 to 4, is being upgraded to a ‘smart motorway’ in keeping with the stretch further up through Birmingham. I’m really not a fan of smart motorways, yet my journey covered two large stretches of the M1 and M25 that are already converted. And it was in these sections that I saw the problems of the idea first hand. For those unfamiliar, smart motorways do away with the hard shoulder completely, converting the road to ‘all lane running’. Should a breakdown occur, the lane the vehicle is in will be closed. Only this means that by closing a lane, traffic will start to back up, creating more delays. In addition, roadside workers are at risk, should a vehicle igno
Euro Car Parts has bolstered its range of braking products, adding 87 new references across Eicher, Pagid and Brembo. All products are backed by Euro Car Parts’ delivery network and no quibble guarantee. Among the raft of new product additions are 38 new discs added to the Eicher range, including rear brake discs for the 2015 Ford Transit Connect, front brake discs for the Kia Sportage 2016 and front brake discs for BMW Series 2 vehicles manufactured after 2014. A range of specialist high carbon brake discs has also been launched by Eicher, designed to withstand higher temperature loads and increased stability, in addition to offering improved dampening and reducing brake noise. Adding further to Euro Car Parts’ braking portfolio are products from Pagid, including front brak
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Driverless cars are coming, but are they really headed for our roads sooner rather than later? Phil and Lee explore the current trends, including safety aspects of autonomous vehicles and the affect of the ever growing presence of the technology in todays vehicles on the independent service sector. Plus the latest news from around the aftermarket...
The UK new car market is continuing to suffer, with a dramatic drop in diesel sales leading to a twelfth consecutive month of decline. New figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that sales figures in March 2018 dropped by 15.7% compared to the same month last year. However, March 2017 was the biggest month on record for new car sales, as buyers seized the chance to purchase vehicles before new Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rates came into force. The SMMT states that despite this large drop, March 2018 still represents the fourth biggest since registration tracking began. As new 18 plate vehicles came to dealer forecourts, 474,069 units were sold, compared to 562,337 during 2017. That was the last month of sales growth in the country, representi...
It’s a wet March morning and in a corner of the Donington race circuit, 32 racing drivers are sitting by a stage, waiting to be introduced to the members of the media who have braved the conditions to make it to the BTCC launch day. This is a popular annual event. While teams will have already tested cars at circuits in sunnier and warmer locations – at least in previous years – this is the first chance for British journalists to see the new machines in the flesh, hear the NGTC engines roar down straights and listen to the Dunlop tyres squeal as those drivers push them to their limits, and sometimes beyond, in the corners. The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) is also celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018. Today’s cars are very different from the Lotus Cortinas and RS500
The Motor Ombudsman, the automotive dispute resolution provider, is pleased to announce that it has upgraded its online consumer reviews tool on its Garage Finder. The refreshed design and layout makes it easier and quicker for any customer to express their opinions and evaluate a Motor Ombudsman-accredited franchised dealer or independent garage following a vehicle purchase or service. Using the “Rate” button on a garage’s profile, a customer can select the relevant Code of Practice survey, namely Vehicle Sales, after buying a new or used car, or Service and Repair after having any work carried out on their vehicle. They are then able to score different aspects of their experience of the business based on a one to ten star rating. These include the booking process, the quality of w