Best driving games 2018: The racing sims you have to play this Christmas

Go racing on your games console this Christmas

For many motorsport fans, getting to experience the thrill of the track is confined to either the grandstands on race days or through video games while sat on the sofa.

The latter are now so advanced that many are more like simulators, while professional gaming, known as e-sports, has become a well-trodden path to the real-life grid. But developers also offer modes to keep every player entertained. 

• Cheap Christmas car gifts under Continue reading “Best driving games 2018: The racing sims you have to play this Christmas”

Dream car Christmas gifts for petrolheads 2018

Blow the budget with 20 lavish Christmas presents costing £50 or more that are ideal for petrolheads

We’ve already brought you some brilliant Christmas gift ideas on a budget; but now we’ve rounded up the best suggestions if you want to splash the cash on the petrolhead in your life this festive season.

So whether you’re looking for a present to buy, or hoping to drop hints to family and friends, we have something for you over the next three pages, from driving experiences and kit Continue reading “Dream car Christmas gifts for petrolheads 2018”

Best car glass cleaners 2018

Clear windows are vital if you’re to remain safe on every journey, so we've hunted down the best glass cleaner on the market

Glass is the final step in car cleaning, because it can be completed without affecting the finish on other surfaces. Shampoo can get most of the grime off the outside of windows, but the inside still needs doing, plus those often-forgotten strips tucked inside the glass runners will need tackling.

If your windows have tough-to-shift marks such as baked-on bugs Continue reading “Best car glass cleaners 2018”

Cheap Christmas car gifts under £50 2018

With Christmas just over a month away, we list 20 top motoring gift ideas on a budget

The best part about being friends with (or related to) a car fan is that they are really easy to buy gifts for. And with Christmas just over a month away, there is plenty of time to order that something special for the petrol head in your.

If you’re in need of a little inspiration, we have 20 top picks over the next three weeks to suit all tastes and ages, and none f them will set you back more than Continue reading “Cheap Christmas car gifts under £50 2018”

Used Hyundai i10 review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Hyundai i10 featuring the i10 Mk1 (2008-2013) and i10 Mk2 (2014-date)

The original i10 of 2008 was a big success for Hyundai – especially in the UK, which accounted for over a third of the 110,000 sales the city car notched up in Europe in the six years it was available. After the below-par Amica and Getz, the i10 was a revelation. So when the second take on the formula was unveiled late in 2013, expectations were high.

We weren’t disappointed, Continue reading “Used Hyundai i10 review”

How to jump start a car

Flat battery? This is how to jump start a car, with or without jump leads

Jump starting a car because of a flat battery is something most people have to go through at some point. It becomes more prevalent in cold weather as the brisk temperatures slow down the reactions inside the car battery cells and reduce the voltage.

What’s worse is that because of all the electronics fitted to new cars, a standard 12-volt battery can be drained of its power rapidly. Slowly over time, your battery Continue reading “How to jump start a car”

Best in-car charger for your gadgets: 2018 group test

We pick from eight in-car power banks to keep your kit fully juiced up on a journey

Keeping your battery-powered devices juiced up on the move has become an important part of modern life. In the car, you could trail wires from your cigar lighter socket, or you can buy a portable power bank to plug into.

Choose a capacity for your needs. A Samsung S8 smartphone, for example, has a 3Ah battery, but an iPad Air 4’s is 11.5Ah, so tablets and games players need more than a phone, although Continue reading “Best in-car charger for your gadgets: 2018 group test”

Black Friday 2018: best car deals and products for UK motorists

We look at the best Black Friday Deals 2018 for motorists at the annual cut price shopping event extravaganza

Black Friday 2018 is almost upon us, but even before the day itself on 23 November, companies are giving out deals and offers to customers left, right and centre – including many products perfect for motorists and car fans.

Rather than queuing for ages in the freezing cold and getting into an altercation with other angry shoppers, you can take the easy option and view all the Continue reading “Black Friday 2018: best car deals and products for UK motorists”

Black Friday 2018: best deals for UK motorists and petrolheads

We look at the best Black Friday Deals 2018 for motorists at the annual cut price shopping event extravaganza

Black Friday 2018 is almost upon us, but even before the day itself on 23 November, companies are giving out deals and offers to customers left, right and centre – including many products perfect for motorists and car fans.

Rather than queuing for ages in the freezing cold and getting into an altercation with other angry shoppers, you can take the easy option and view all the Continue reading “Black Friday 2018: best deals for UK motorists and petrolheads”

Winter car checklist: driving kit and best buys

We round up the essentials for your garage and your glovebox so you can keep moving in the bad weather

The year is drawing to an end and, as the days grow shorter and the weather deteriorates, driving will become even more difficult than usual. As the temperature tumbles, snow and ice will limit the grip available, with dark nights, driving rain and freezing fog regularly reducing visibility.

For most of us, not driving isn’t an option; we have to travel to work and go about our normal Continue reading “Winter car checklist: driving kit and best buys”