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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 10 Most Common Reasons People Fail Their Driving Test

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Ahh, the dreaded driving test – one of those lifetime things you simply have no choice but to go through at one point or another.

Pass it, and you can on as many post-lockdown road trips as you like. But, fail it, and you’re back to square one, practicing even harder to make sure you nail your next test.

If you’ve got a driving test coming up soon or have recently failed one for some unknown reason, we’re here to help you diagnose what you should and shouldn’t be doing during it.

Join us as we run through the ten key reasons – as reported by DVSA – why people fail their driving test.

  1. Observation At Junctions. The number one reason people fail, if you aren’t clearly paying attention to what’s going on around you at a junction, you will be marked down.
  2. Not Using Mirrors When Changing Direction. Driving safely is all about using your mirrors correctly – and especially when it comes to changing direction.
  3. Steering Control. It should go without saying really but you need to show your examiner that you’re actually in safe control of the car you’re driving.
  4. Turning Right At Junctions. Junctions can be scary things so it’s important to maintain a good level of concentration, particularly when turning right at them.
  5. Moving Off Safely. There’s no point waiting for the perfect opportunity to move off at a junction if you’re not ready. Find that biting point, release that handbrake and move off.
  6. Traffic Light Signal Response. Again, it should go without saying, but make sure you don’t go through any red lights. You’ll only fail straight away if you do.
  7. Controlled Moving Off. Your examiner is looking for you to show them you’re in control, so make sure – when it comes to moving off – you are.
  8. Driving Positioning. Don’t sway all over the road or stay too far to the left-hand side. Your positioning says a lot about your confidence on the road, so don’t be afraid to own it.
  9. Signal Response To Road Markings. When driving, you need to be ready for the unexpected – especially when it comes to responding to specific road markings.
  10. Controlled Reverse Parking. Parking is a tricky thing to learn but the reverse bay park is one of the most difficult. Keep it slow and steady, and concentrate fully all the time.

Here at FEV, we are specialists in car safety, supplying a wide range of related products to drivers throughout the UK. To find out more, either click here or contact 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 Questions To Ask Before Buying An Electric Car

If you’ve been saving your pennies during the lockdown and are now in the market for a new car, you may be tempted to invest in something that isn’t diesel or petrol for a change.

After all, the electric car market is currently booming, with more and more companies bringing out new and improved models all the time.

But before you head out there and buy the first electric car you come across, it’s important to consider a few things in advance.

By asking yourself the questions we’ve listed below, you’ll be able to quickly identify whether buying an electric car is a good idea or not.

  1. What’s your budget?

 The first thing you’ll need to think about is how much you can realistically afford.

While they’re certainly not as expensive as they used to be, electric cars do tend to come in at a higher cost than the average diesel or unleaded alternative.

The budget you have will also likely determine how far your car will be able to go on one charge – the Tesla Model S travels further than the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf, for example, but is much more expensive to buy in the first place.

  1. What is the average range per charge?

 Depending on the model of electric car you’re thinking about buying, the range you can travel on a single charge will vary – but it’s a lot further than you might think.

The average across all the models is approximately 100 miles but certain models, like the BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf, will go further.

The Tesla Model S is also an exception to the rule, being able to travel 320 miles on a single charge.

  1. How easy are they to charge?

Electric cars are very easy to charge – it’s one of their key selling points.

In a similar way to how you’d charge your phone or laptop, all you have to do to charge an electric car is hook it up to your home charger or a public one when you’re out and about.

Charging a car can take up to 10 hours in some cases, so it’s important to have a regular source of electricity available. Therefore, if you don’t have off-street parking available at your home, buying an electric car might not be the best idea just yet.

For further help and advice on how to ensure safety in an electric car, contact our friendly team here at FEV today.

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How To Get Your Car Post-COVID-19 Ready

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With the government’s lockdown restrictions gradually becoming less and less strict, you may find yourself itching to get behind the wheel of your motor again.

However, before you get going, it’s important to ensure it’s as safe to drive as possible. After many months of sitting dormant on your driveway, the last thing you want to do is to plan a lovely family day out, only for the car’s battery to be completely dead.

With this in mind, join us as we run through some of the key ways to ensure your car is able to cope once the lockdown is over.

  • Check Your Tyre Pressures. Since you probably won’t have driven your car in quite some time, the chances are pretty high that your tyres will have lost air pressure in them. You should therefore monitor before you get going and pump them up as much as they require.
  • Check Your Engine’s Fluid Levels. The engine oil and coolant level must be checked before you first decide to switch on the engine. Otherwise, your car could break down shortly after you’ve set off or not even turn on at all.
  • Disinfect It. Don’t forget that we are in the midst of a pandemic so make sure to disinfect both the interior and exterior of your car. From the door handles and steering wheel to the gearshift and window controls, use an antibacterial spray and clean sponge to wipe your car down.
  • Check Your Documents. Since the lockdown has been ongoing for many months now, your documents may now be out of date. Whether it be your car’s MOT, tax or road permit, it’s important to check these before you start using it again.

 

Staying safe while driving is our area of speciality here at FEV Motorsport. For further advice on how to ensure your car is safe to drive once the lockdown is over, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team. Alternatively, click here to read our latest series of relevant blog posts.

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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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COVID-19: The Best TV Car Shows To Watch During Lockdown

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The coronavirus outbreak has caused widespread devastation across the globe, leaving the UK government with no choice but to lockdown the country to minimise the virus’s spread.

If you are one of those people to have been affected – which at this point is pretty much the entire world – then you’ve probably found yourself scrolling through Netflix recently, constantly looking for the next thing to watch.

If you’re a car enthusiast, then we’re here to help. We’ve compiled a list of our three favourite car-based TV shows to keep you entertained during your time in lockdown.

Hyperdrive

An adrenaline-fuelled hybrid of American Ninja Warrior and the Fast & the Furious franchise, Hyperdrive will set your heart racing more than almost any other car show on TV.

Available on Netflx, the show features twenty-eight drivers from around the world who compete against each other in completing an increasingly elaborate series of stunts.

Watch in awe at the drivers’ remarkable displays of car control and get the popcorn at the ready in advance – this is one car show you won’t want to miss a single second of.

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

Another genius creation from the mind of Jerry Seinfeld, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is a talk show with automobiles embedded in its premise.

During each episode, Seinfeld invites some of the world’s most distinguished comedians to join him on a car ride in one of his rare, 20th century, classic collectable cars.

While these cars aren’t the sole feature of each episode, the show certainly features enough luxury motors to keep even the most avid of car enthusiasts entertained. It’s definitely worth a watch if you’re into your cars and comedy.

The Grand Tour

While the Top Gear boys Richard Hammond, James May and Jeremy Clarkson left the cult classic BBC show in a shroud of controversy, it seems they have now moved onto bigger and better things.

Now one of – if not the – biggest shows on Amazon Prime, The Grand Tour sees the trio up to their usual childish tricks; visiting amazing places around the world, becoming special forces soldiers at a secret training base, taking powerful cars on test tracks, and going on a ‘gentlemen’s’ tour of Italy.

With 36 episodes available across three seasons, The Grand Tour is sure to keep you entertained for a little while during your time in lockdown at least.

Being stuck at home offers a unique opportunity to get things done that you’ve not had the chance to previously. While you can’t get out on the track right now, why not think about what you could do to improve your driving experience instead?

Here at FEV, we offer a wide range of products dedicated to improving your driving experience and making it as safe as possible. Find out more information by clicking here.

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