3 Things To Buy For The Perfect Dog-Based Road Trip

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With the threat of another lockdown looming large, now’s the time to get away and enjoy your freedom while you can.

So, what better way is there to do just that than on a road trip? Or, better yet, a road trip with your pooch in tow as well?

However, before you set off on your travels, preparation is key. The last thing you want, after all, is to get halfway up the M6 before remembering you left your dog’s lead at home.

Here are three things to make sure you have with you in your car to ensure your doggy road trip goes off without a hitch.

1 – Dog Seat Cover

Let’s not beat around the bush here – dogs have claws and claws often spell bad news for car interiors.

Fortunately though, dog seat covers are a great way of not only protecting your car’s lovely seat but also providing your pooch with an enclosed area for them to sit or lie down in.

A much nicer alternative to a dog crate, dog seat covers are often waterproof as well so you won’t need to worry if you and your pooch get a little wet on one of your walks!

2 – Bottled Water

Water is essential for both you and your dog to drink so why not make sure you have a ready supply of it available in your car?

While it may be a more expensive way of giving water to your dog, if you suddenly become lost or stuck while on your road trip, at least you’ll have it available to use.

Plus, rather than needing to lug around a great canister full of it, having it in bottle form will enable you to take it out with you on your walks as well.

3 – Collapsible Dog Bowl

Talking of water, you’re going to need something easy for your dog to drink it out of.

While an actual dog bowl would be preferable, collapsible dog bowls are a great alternative if you’re looking for something lightweight that you can take out and about with you.

Whether it be halfway up a mountain or roadside at a service station, having water and a collapsible bowl on hand will make your doggy road trip a lot easier.

Here at FEV, we take car safety incredibly seriously and offer a wide range of products to help make your car as safe as possible. To find out more about these products, or to discuss your vehicle’s safety with our expert team, simply give us a call today.

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3 Ways To Give Your Old Car An Upgrade

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If you have an old motor in dire need of modernising, rather than shelling out on a brand new car, why not consider giving it an upgrade?

With just a little bit of money, elbow grease and the right level of engineering knowhow, you can help give your car a new lease of life, taking it from frazzled to fresh in no time at all.

Listed below are three great ideas to get you started.

1 – Invest In A Smart Display

Using a phone while driving has been illegal in the UK for years now, but a number of people still do it anyway.

As a result of this, Apple and Google decided to do something about it, trying to encourage people to focus on the road instead of trying to reply one-handed while steering.

Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto now offer easy, hands-free access to all the calls, messages and notifications you may miss while driving.

What’s more, since they connect so seamlessly to your phone, they can also allow you to listen to your favourite playlists, podcasts or utilise Siri/Google Assistant.

2 – Install Parking Sensors

If parking is your Achilles heel when it comes to driving, why not get a helping hand?

Parking sensors can enable you to get into even the tightest of spaces with ease, becoming activated whenever you put your car into reverse gear.

Plus, regardless of how old your car may be, adding parking sensors can be relatively inexpensive.

However, if you’re not comfortable installing them yourselves, it will probably be worth getting an engineer to fit them for you

3 – Rear View Cameras

Rear view blind spots used to account for more than 15,000 injuries each year, largely due to drivers not being able to see what’s behind them.

Thanks to the emergence of rear view cameras though, this number has plummeted as a result, saving drivers potentially thousands in terms of insurance and legal fees.

They’re also fairly inexpensive to install but, again, if you don’t feel comfortable fitting them yourself, it could be worth asking a professional to do it for you.

Here at FEV, we understand better than most just how vital car safety is. For expert advice and assistance on ensuring your car is as safe to use as possible, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today.

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The Pros & Cons Of Buying An Electric Car

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Following the government’s decision to move the ban on petrol and diesel cars forward to 2035, many people will now be weighing up whether it’s time to bite the bullet and invest in an electric vehicle.

If this is something you’re currently considering, this article is here to help.

From questions over battery life to durability, join us as we run through some of the key pros and cons of choosing to go electric.

Pro/Con: They’re ideal for short journeys… at the moment.

Whether you see this as an advantage or disadvantage will really depend on how you intend to use your car.

In essence, at this moment in time, electric cars can’t travel as far as a petrol or diesel charge on one full charge alone.

Therefore, if you often need to commute long distances, they may not be the best thing to invest in just yet.

However, if you work in the city and are looking for a quick and easy way to get around, electric cars are a much more economical option.

Pro/Con: They’re easy to charge… at the moment.

Again, whether this is seen as a pro or a con will depend on your personal circumstances.

Currently, electric cars represent a fairly small minority of the cars you see on the road so being able to find a free charging point is pretty easy.

However, as time goes on and their popularity continues to grow, there will be an increased number of drivers looking to charge their vehicles.

This, in turn, could lead to increased competition between drivers and a potentially greater expense to install your own charging point at home.

Pro/Con: They’re expensive… at the moment.

Our final pro and con is a fairly obvious one: electric cars tend to be a lot more expensive to buy upfront than petrol or diesel alternatives.

That said though, the price gap is nowhere near what it used to be.

Plus, hybrid models – which use both petrol and electric charging – are a great alternative if you’re looking to get the best of both worlds prior to the government’s ban becoming active.

Here at FEV, we are experts in vehicle safety. For advice on how to keep your car as safe as possible, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team today. 

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The Post-Lockdown Road Trips To Think About This Summer

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Now that the lockdown restrictions have been lifted somewhat, it’s time to salvage what’s left of the summer and make the most of the beautiful weather.

If you’ve been itching to get away somewhere while you’ve been stuck in lockdown, now is the ideal time to jump in the car and head away on a summer road trip.

Just picture the scene: sunglasses on, music blaring out the speakers while you sing along, driving up a country road with a few friends to all thoughts of the coronavirus pandemic as far away as possible. Pure bliss.

Well, no longer does this have to be a pipedream – make the most of your post-lockdown freedom by dusting off the gearstick and heading somewhere for a well-earned break. Listed below are a few great places to think about.

The Brecon Beacons

If you’re looking to head somewhere with expansive mountain range views, then South Wales’ Brecon Beacons has to be top of your bucket list.

Featuring spectacular ridgelines, mountains and waterfalls, this National Park offers something for everyone and is an incredibly scenic drive to get to.

Plus, if you’re looking to make a real trip of it, North Wales’ Evo Triangle isn’t too far away either, taking you right the way along the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.

Edinburgh

With a huge variety of landmarks and things to see, Scotland’s capital city is also one of the most dog-friendly places in the country, featuring a number of scenic walks to go and enjoy during your stay.

Therefore, if you fancy bringing your pooch along on your road trip with you, it could be well worth a visit.

Plus, it’ll certainly knock off any cobwebs in your car as, if you’re driving up from the South, it’ll take you a fair few hours of driving to get there.

Brighton & Hove

So we’ve covered city and scenic breaks so far, but how about coastal? If you’re a fan of coastal drives, then look no further than Brighton & Hove.

Taking you from the infamous city to the cliffs of Seven Sisters, here you will be able to enjoy the atmosphere of the seaside city while topping up your tan.

There’s a plethora of things to do and activities to take part in as well. From cabaret acts to comedy on the beach, a road trip down to Brighton will certainly be worth the petrol money.

Before you head out on your road trip, it’s important to ensure your car is safe to drive. If you would like our expert advice and assistance for this, please do not hesitate to contact our team.

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3 Car-Based Ideas To Get You Through Lockdown

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If you’re getting bored of your time in lockdown and are looking for a way to pass the time, why not get your hands dirty and give your car a bit of TLC?

Now is the ideal time to think about your car and get it in tip top shape for whenever the COVID-19 pandemic is finally over.

Whether it be something simple like giving it a quick wash or something a little more time-consuming, there are a number of ways to keep your car looking great while also killing some time in lockdown.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1 – Fix Any Scratches.

Your car goes through a lot when you use it and any scratches you pick up while driving can often go unnoticed or undealt with.

Now that you have so much more free time on your hands, why not use it to your advantage? By thoroughly inspecting your car for any dents or small scratches, you can then quickly cover them up using a specific car scratch remover.

This will restore your car back to its former glory, ready and raring to go whenever the lockdown restrictions are lifted.

2 – Give It A Valet.

While on the topic of restoring your car back to its former glory, keeping its interior looking spick and span is imperative to making it feel brand new again.

Take out your car mats and give them a big old shake outside. Then, hook your hoover up to an extension lead and go to town on any of the crumbs, debris or litter that was living in your car prior to the pandemic.

As a final touch, get a sponge and some soapy water and give the dash a quick wipe down.

3 – Wash It.

While you’ve been self-isolating, chances are you’ve probably not been driving your car as regularly as you were before.

Therefore, leaves, litter, dirt, bird poo and debris could have now covered it, leaving it in a right old state and in dire need of a wash.

Since you can’t go to your normal car wash right now, it’s time to get your hands dirty and use some elbow grease to give it a good old scrub – whether that be using the aforementioned sponge and water or a high-pressured jet wash.

Keeping your car in tip-top condition is vital from a safety point of view. Here at FEV, we are experts in car safety and provide a wide range of products to ensure you stay safe while out on the road. To find out more, please contact our team today on 01243 555566.

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The Best UK Routes To Drive After Lockdown

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The coronavirus outbreak has caused mayhem throughout the world, killing tens of thousands and forcing millions of people to self-isolate at home.

Lockdown has more or less brought a halt to everything – whether it be exercising freely, seeing friends and family, or having the freedom to drive wherever you want.

With this in mind, we thought we’d compile a short list of the best UK-based drives to do once the lockdown restrictions are lifted.

1 – Northern Ireland.

While travelling abroad may be out of the question just now, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to still go and visit the best of what the UK has to offer.

Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route is the perfect example of this – a 120-mile route which runs along the coast between Derry and Belfast.

Voted fifth in the world’s top scenic views back in 2006, it’s not really hard to see why – especially you’re able to go out and enjoy the drive for yourself.

2 – North Wales.

North Wales’ exhilarating 20-mile route known as the Evo Triangle takes your right the way across North Wales and is the ideal place to test out a new motor.

Made up of the A5, A543, and the B4501 roads, the route runs along the edge of Snowdonia National Park, meaning you’ll take in incredible views and scenery as you navigate around each corner, hill and – of course – sheep.

3 – Yorkshire Moors, England.

North Yorkshire’s twisting 21-mile drive takes you right the way through incredible moorland and sea views.

From the A169 between Pickering and Whitby, take in the luscious English scenery, and prepare yourself for a drive like no other.

As an added bonus as well, since this route is fairly unknown, this makes it much quieter and clearer than the other drives listed here – unless you visit in the peak of summer, of course.

Staying safe during your scenic country rides is imperative. Here at FEV, we are experts in car safety and provide a wide range of products designed to make your driving experience as safe as possible. Find out more about these by clicking here, or by contacting our team for more details.

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How To Get Your Kids Interested In Cars

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If you love your cars and fancy yourself as a bit of a gearhead, why not pass on that level of wisdom and passion to your kids?

After all, taking care of your car is not only a great hobby for you to have, but it’s also great to share with your children, keeping them away from the TV and learning something that could help them in later life.

Plus, it’s a fun, practical and rewarding way of educating your kids, providing you both with a shared interest that you can bond over.

So, how do you go about getting your kids interested in cars? Well, using the helpful tips we’ve listed for you below, your son or daughter will be joining you in the garage in no time.

Step 1: Start Small

Cars are complicated machines so it’s important not to overwhelm your kids with the inner mechanical workings.

Instead, start with the basics, pointing out the key areas of the car under the hood – from the spark plugs to the engine to the battery – and highlight the importance of car safety.

Then, test their memory to see how well they were paying attention.

Step 2: Teach

Starting with a few simple maintenance tasks, such as changing the wiper fluid, teach your kids how to complete a few of the more basic things.

Then, when they’re feeling more confident, try them out with some of the more complicated maintenance tasks.

Whether it be learning how to change the oil, flat tyres or jumpstart the car, walk them through each step of the process to keep them engaged.

You never know, the skills you teach them now could go on to get them out of a difficult situation in the future.

Step 3: Explain

Rather than fixing every issue yourself, explain to your kids why there is a problem so that they can understand how it can be resolved.

That way, they’ll be able to appreciate what to look out for in their own cars in due course, and will have a better understanding of how to fix the same problem should it ever occur.

For further advice on teaching your kids the importance of car safety, please do not hesitate to consult our expert team here at FEV.

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4 Lesser-Known Celebrity Race Car Drivers

James Dean with race car

It can be easy to forget that celebrities are actually people as well. They have families, friends and their own sets of hobbies and interests, just like anyone else.

Take Johnny Depp, for instance. In his downtime, he enjoys being out on the road with his band, Hollywood Vampires, playing alongside them as a very accomplished musician. Similarly, Mila Kunis is known for being a keen gamer and is said to spend hours upon hours playing World of Warcraft online.

However, when it comes to racing, there are a number of celebrity wannabe race car drivers out there too. From film stars to fashion icons, join us as we take a look at four celebrities lesser-known for their love of the track.

1 – George Lucas

The man known as ‘Mr Star Wars’, it may surprise you to learn that George Lucas was actually a race car driver during his teenage years.

While still in high school, Lucas was said to be particularly interested in drag racing and competed in a number of underground circuits. After setting his sights on becoming a professional race car driver, racing in an Autobianchi Bianchina, his dreams were unsurprisingly put on hold when his movie career started to skyrocket. It’s safe to say he’s not done too badly for himself.

2 – Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson may be better known for driving around as Mr Bean in a bright yellow Mini Cooper but the world-renowned actor is also a keen race car driver.

Back in the 1980s, Atkinson even raced a Renault 5 Turbo in a manufacturer spec series. He’s also known for being a regular attendee of the Goodwood historic races, and is frequently spotted at a wide range of other racing events around the United Kingdom as well.

3 – James Dean

A fashion icon with a cult-like following, James Dean was as popular a celebrity as they come. While better known for his acting in movie classics like Rebel Without A Cause and East of Eden, the Hollywood hunk was also a keen race car driver.

Said to be a natural behind the wheel, he came second overall in his first-ever professional race and third in his second. However, his life was sadly cut short by a tragic car accident back in September 1955 and he was unable to compete in the Indianapolis 500, as he had planned.

4 – Patrick Dempsey

Before finding fame as the dreamy doctor in Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey plied his trade as a race car driver, competing in a total of 68 events, including four starts at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After winning nine podium positions during the IMSA SportsCar Championship, Dempsey decided to step away from the sport to pursue acting instead.

If you are a keen race car enthusiast, staying safe while competing is absolutely imperative. Here at FEV, we stock a wide range of fire safety equipment and suppression systems to keep you well-protected at all times. For any help or advice, give a member of our friendly team a call today.

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Three Of The Best Supercar Fails

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For many of us, owning a Bugatti, Lamborghini or Ferrari will only ever be a pipe dream. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy their beauty and aspire to one day test drive them for real.

For those who are rich enough to afford one, while they may get an ego boost from deciding to splash the cash, choosing to show off their affluent purchases doesn’t always work out in their favour – as the following videos prove.

Join us as we take a look at our three favourite supercar fails, proving that driving too quickly and showing off isn’t always the ‘coolest’ thing to do.

1 – The Flying Nissan GT-R

While being stuck behind a slow pickup truck can be incredibly frustrating, choosing to overtake it at high speed without knowing what’s around the bend isn’t the best idea.

This Nissan GT-R driver found that out the hard way, after overtaking two cars on a bouncy bit of road just before a roundabout. As you can imagine, it didn’t work out too well.

2 – The Floating Bugatti

One of the more bizarre supercar fails out there, this Bugatti Veyron driver appears to be enjoying the surrounding scenery a little too much.

Unlike many other supercar fails out there, where drivers crash at a high speed, this driver wasn’t driving too fast or dangerously. That didn’t stop him from veering his £1 million car straight into a lake though. Talk about splashing the cash.

3 – The Stuck Lamborghini

It’s not every day you get to see a Lamborghini Gallardo at a red light. Naturally, the first thing you want to do is reach for your phone and record the chance encounter. If you’re really lucky, this encounter could even go on to become a viral sensation, as the video below did.

After waiting patiently at a traffic light, the driver of this £200,000 Lamborghini hugely oversteered it when the light turned green, rather spectacularly squeezing himself between two cars on the other side of the road. Money may buy you a nice car but knowing how to drive it tends to help quite a lot.

Staying safe while driving is absolutely imperative. Here at FEV, we understand that better than most. If you need any advice on how to ensure you stay safe in your car or vehicle, please get in touch with our team today. After all, the last thing you want is to end up as a car crash fail video yourself.

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Ford Vs. Ferrari – How Did The Rivalry Start?

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Following the recent release of Le Mans 66 – or Ford v Ferrari if you’re based in America – the rivalry between the two car giants has been brought back to the forefront of people’s minds.

While there may have always been a heated rivalry between the Italian and American-based car manufacturers, during the 1960s in particular, this feud became particular fierce – soon to be portrayed in the upcoming film release.

So, what happened exactly? Join us as we delve into the story behind the rivalry, seeing how the feud first surfaced and why it still rages to this day.

Ferrari looks to sell

Back in the early 1960s, Enzo Ferrari began thinking about selling his company. The reasons as to why still remain relatively unclear, but it didn’t take long for news to travel across the Atlantic that he was looking to potentially sell. Meanwhile, Ford were looking to add a race car to its portfolio, with the Mustang still some years off in production.

Ford looks to buy

Ford began talks with Ferrari to take over the brand, looking to add a high-end European carmaker to its portfolio. After months of negotiations, the manufacturers finally settled on a fee of $18 million.

However, this fee included a clause which said Ford would control all decisions related to Ferrari’s racing team. Ferrari didn’t like this and, after an informal meeting with Ford representatives, Enzo Ferrari told them he would never sell to an ugly company that builds ugly cars in an ugly factory.

Adding insult to injury, Enzo then sold a majority stake in Ferrari to Fiat, effectively proving he had used Ford to drive up the price. As you can imagine, Ford weren’t best pleased, and swore to get even where it mattered most: the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

Ford begin building

Designing a so-called Ferrari Killer race car proved to be no easy feat for Ford though, with many early experiments showing that their GT40 creations were not only incredibly unstable and unreliable, but also had brakes that heated to 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit within seconds.

That all changed when car designer Carroll Shelby (portrayed by Matt Damon) and his trusted friend Ken Miles (portrayed by Christian Bale) came in. Reinventing the GT40, the duo revolutionised the racing industry forever, utilising incredible engineering ingenuity to design the now-safe GT40 Mk. II.

Ready, set, go…

At Le Mans 66’, Ford’s upgraded car didn’t just beat Ferrari, it absolutely destroyed them. In fact, Ferrari didn’t even finish the race, while Ford took first, second and third place, respectively.

The race wasn’t without its controversy though. To rub salt into the wounds of Ferrari, Ford’s PR guru Leo Beebe wanted to finish the race with a picture of the winning Ford trio crossing the line together. Despite being miles in front of second and third, Ken Miles was told to slow down to let the other GT40 drivers catch up. He did as instructed but, during the photo finish, was found to come second to his teammate Bruce McLaren. As you might imagine, he wasn’t best pleased.

Manufacturing race cars can be an incredibly dangerous business so being safe while driving is absolutely vital. Here at FEV Motorsport, we understand that better than most. If you need any advice on how to ensure safety in your car, please get in touch with our team today.

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