Practical driving test tips: how to prepare & pass first time

Are you ready for your practical driving test? Prepare for the big day with our guide and top tips

It’s a special moment for any learner driver when the instructor turns around and utters those momentous words: “I think you’re ready for the test.” By then, you’ll most likely have driven hundreds of miles and have hours of experience under your belt, but if the prospect of taking the driving test doesn’t inspire a certain amount of anxiety or trepidation you’re blessed with Continue reading “Practical driving test tips: how to prepare & pass first time”

Hazard Perception Test tips: all you need to know to pass

Hazard Perception Test tips for learner drivers, and what to expect when you sit it

Hazard perception is a critical factor when it comes to safe driving, and it’s definitely something that improves with experience on the road. In fact, there are plenty of advanced driver training schemes out there that focus on the subject of hazard perception, as being aware of the potential dangers unfolding around you is a potential lifesaver.

The government knows it too, which is why the video-based Continue reading “Hazard Perception Test tips: all you need to know to pass”

Wrong fuel: a guide on what to do if you put petrol in a diesel car

Misfuelling your car can be a costly mistake if you try to drive it, but here's what to do if you put petrol in your diesel car

Incredible as it may sound, motoring organisations reckon that every three to four minutes here in the UK, another unfortunate motorist will be pumping the wrong fuel into their car’s petrol or diesel tank.

If it’s never happened to you be grateful, but don’t pour scorn on those unhappy drivers who’ve put petrol in a diesel car by mistake. A Continue reading “Wrong fuel: a guide on what to do if you put petrol in a diesel car”

New 2019 Skoda Scala to rival VW Golf

All-new Skoda Scala will replace ageing Rapid hatch, transforming into a genuine Volkswagen Golf alternative

Skoda has confirmed the name of its all-new Rapid replacement. The Skoda Scala, which means ‘stairway’ or ‘ladder’ in Latin, will launch before the end of the year, taking the fight to the forthcoming Volkswagen Golf Mk8. Skoda says the Scala will allow the brand to reach “new heights”.

Bernhard Maier, chairman of the board of Skoda said: “With the new Skoda Scala we are Continue reading “New 2019 Skoda Scala to rival VW Golf”

What are dipped headlights and when should you use them?

Are you unsure of what dipped headlights are or how to use them? Let us shed a little light on the subject…

Your car’s dipped headlights are the intermediate step in between sidelights and main beam headlights. New cars also have running lights, but these work autonomously and don’t require any input from the driver, so even if your lights are off, they are on – if you know what we mean.

To change between off (or daytime running lights only), side lights, dipped beam and main beam, Continue reading “What are dipped headlights and when should you use them?”

UK speed limits: everything you need to know

Current UK speed limits explained, as well as their history and use

UK speed limits are a bone of contention with many drivers, but they are a vital part of the UK’s road network. They are the front line of road safety, as they dictate the speed of all traffic, and by setting maximum speeds for different types of road, it means consistent regulation across the country. It also means it’s easier to prosecute those that exceed the speed limit, whether it’s by police enforcement, or via the Continue reading “UK speed limits: everything you need to know”

New BMW X7 flagship teased ahead of official reveal

BMW is getting ready to pull the covers off its flagship X7 SUV, whetting our appetite with a front-end teaser image

BMW has revealed the first official teaser image of its upcoming flagship X7 SUV, which is expected to be revealed in full later this week. It’s our first proper look at BMW’s Mercedes GLS rival, arriving several months after we drove a disguised prototype version back in May.

The darkened pitcure clearly shows the X7’s front end, revealing the SUV’s huge kidney grille and Continue reading “New BMW X7 flagship teased ahead of official reveal”

New 2019 Porsche Taycan: specs and details of Porsche’s first EV revealed

Porsche’s Taycan, the all-electric 4-door, will be here in 2019 and followed into showrooms by an electric SUV

The all-electric Porsche Taycan won’t be hitting UK roads until 2020 after a reveal in the later stages of 2019, but Auto Express has had access to early prototypes that are being hand assembled by a team of 100 workers at a rate of two per day.

These vehicles go on to join the intensive test programme ahead of the car’s official debut, which is expected to be at next Continue reading “New 2019 Porsche Taycan: specs and details of Porsche’s first EV revealed”

Porsche to electrify majority of range over next decade

October 15, 2018 12:45 CET

WEISSACH, Germany – Porsche plans to switch to full-electric powertrains in its sedans and SUVs – and possibly even its entry 718 sports cars – over the next decade, the automaker’s finance chief said.

Porsche so far has only confirmed the launch of the full-electric Taycan sedan, which will be the brand’s first zero-emissions cars when it arrives in the second half of 2019. However, Porsche CFO Lutz Meschke said the Taycan was Continue reading “Porsche to electrify majority of range over next decade”

Nissan delays UK pay talks pending Brexit clarity

October 15, 2018 11:18 CET

LONDON — Nissan, which operates the UK’s biggest car factory, has delayed the start of pay talks with its staff in the country until the terms of Brexit become clearer.

London and Brussels hope to reach a deal by next month but automakers have triggered contingency plans for any lack of agreement including changing their shutdown periods, stockpiling parts and certifying models in the European Union.

Automakers generally sign two-year pay deals with their Continue reading “Nissan delays UK pay talks pending Brexit clarity”